RDA Newsletter - September 2021, Important deadlines!

Dear Members of the RDA-BG Node,

Please find below the RDA September's Newsletter and pay attention on the deadlines!


  • RDA Virtual Plenary 18 Draft Programme now Available

The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available, with a revised plenary date of 3-11 November 2021. Approximately sixty breakout meetings will be taking place, in addition to numerous networking, poster and panel sessions.

Early Bird Registration Ongoing for VP18

Register by 25 October to secure this special rate!

  • Attn: RDA US Plenary 18 Session Chairs – Registration Support Available

Applications are now being accepted by RDA US Group Chairs for registration support to attend the upcoming 18th RDA Plenary Meeting. The deadline for application submission is October 14, 2021. To check eligibility and apply, please submit the application by October 14.

  • RDA Information Sessions

For those members unfamiliar with RDA or for those that would like to learn a bit more detail about certain areas of the organisation, three brief information sessions will be held in the coming months leading up to VP18.  Mark your calendars and register to attend one (or all) if your schedule permits.

In April 2020, a European legal entity (Research Data Alliance (RDA) Association AISBL) was established to support the coordination and growth of the European RDA community, currently over 6,000 members. These new positions offer the selected candidates an opportunity to continue the growth of the organization and ensure the value of European members in a global alliance.  

Learn more about the job requirements and remuneration for both positions.

  • Recommendations & Outputs: 

F11/COPE Data Publishing Ethics WG Outputs

RDA is proud to share the first outputs from the joint FORCE11 and Committee on Publishing Ethics (COPE) Research Data Publishing Ethics WG. These recommendations and considerations were crafted through the community to serve as resources for repositories, publishers, researchers, agencies, research integrity officers, libraries, and other stakeholders that may be involved in the handling of research integrity cases that arise during the publication of research data. As this work heavily overlaps with the broad RDA community stakeholders and priorities, we are happy to help spread the word on the availability of these resources and best practices. For information and background on the WG, check out this blog. Or to access the resources directly, the recommendations are published here.

  • RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines on Data Sharing

Released last year, these Recommendations are more relevant than ever to the data community. Authored by hundreds of researchers and data experts, please review and share these important and extensive guidelines related to data sharing of COVID19 information.

  • Events: 

Webinar: Supporting Interdisciplinary Sample Data Discovery, Integration, And Reuse

Date: 07 Oct 2021
Time: 20:00 to 21:00 UTC

The joint ESIP/RDA Physical Samples webinar in October will explore current and planned approaches to support interdisciplinary sample data discovery, integration, and reuse from the perspectives of experts in geoscience, genomics, and biodiversity sample data. Read more.

Register here

The Current State and Future Potential of Australian Research Platforms

Date: 11 October 2021
Time: 2:10 pm - 3:40 pm AEST

Register here.

1st FDO Community Interaction Meeting

Date: 14 October 2021
Time: 12:30 - 15:45 UTC

Additional Information:

Webinar: How to Get Attention for Research Project Outputs

Date: 21 Oct 2021
Time: 15:00 to 16:00 UTC

The RDA Working and Interest Groups commit a great deal of time and expertise to developing recommendations that can significantly impact research data practices, policies, and systems. This webinar will offer strategies for getting that work and outputs into the right hands and promoting engagement. This webinar is designed for the Chairs and Members of the RDA Working and Interest Groups, but anyone interested in this topic is invited and welcome to attend.

Register here

Virtual SciDataCon 2021; Programme Now Available; Registration Open

Date: 18 October - 28 October 2021

CODATA and WDS are pleased to announce that the programme for the fully Virtual SciDataCon 2021 has been published and  registration is open.

The 20th International Semantic Web Conference

Date: 24-28 October 2021
Register here.  

FORCE2021; Call for Proposals now Open

Date: December 7-9, 2021
Learn more.

  • Group updates: 

FAIR4RS WG - Formation of New Subgroups

The FAIR4RS WG is now forming three new subgroups to address WG milestones on the adoption of the FAIR4RS principles. These subgroups will function from September - December 2021 to address the following aims:

More information on each subgroup, including details on how to join each subgroup, is contained in the subgroups links above. This includes contact details for the leads of each subgroup if you have questions.

A webinar to introduce the subgroups was held this past month. View the recording.


The webinar recording for RDA/IGAD’s Coffee Break initiative, "Supporting Open Data in Agriculture with F1000Research", held on 8 September (today), is now available to view!

Our Members: 

TAB Member Spotlight

In this issue of our newsletter, we are profiling the following TAB co-chairs:

Updates From: 

EOSC Accepting Proposals for 1st RDA Open Call

This call is seeking applications from individuals or organisations around the concept of improving existing technical data frameworks while at the same time leveraging on existing RDA recommendations and outputs. Successful proposals will focus on maintaining, optimising and documenting existing frameworks with particular reference to RDA’s Outputs and Recommendations. The deadline to submit is 29 October. Learn more.

Leading Australia To Data-Driven Research Impact

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) has published a new impact booklet, Leading Australia to Data-Driven Research Impact, which showcases the breadth and depth of the services and collaborations that the ARDC provides the research community and sets out its vision for the future. The booklet features the work the ARDC is doing as part of its mission to accelerate research and innovation by driving excellence in the creation, analysis and retention of high-quality data assets that lead to economic, social, economic and environmental benefits locally and internationally. Digital research infrastructure must enable Australia's researchers to collaborate to solve the big challenges facing society. View the booklet here.

Plenary Updates:

RDA 19th Plenary Meeting, Part of International Data Week, 20–23 June 2022, Seoul, South Korea

The founding organisations, the International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the local hosts announce that the main conference of International Data Week 2021 will be postponed to 20-23 June 2022. Associated events will take place from 18-26 June 2022. The conference will be a hybrid format with both in-person and virtual participation.

SAVE THE DATE: International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, 23–26 October 2023, Salzburg, Austria

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and RDA have announced  International Data Week 2023: A Festival of Data, taking place on 23–26 October 2023 in Salzburg, Austria. Learn more.