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Call for Sponsorships for RDA’s 10th Plenary

Organizations, institutions and companies throughout the United States are invited to support RDA’s 10th Plenary, organized by RDA, the University of Montreal and Research Data Canada RDA.  Scheduled from September 10-21, 2017, this meeting will provide will provide a valuable opportunity for you to connect with an international audience of data enthusiasts and have a unique chance to convey support of the international data community, showcase your products and services, and to gain visibility and access to a wide spectrum of stakeholders from the research data community and glo

The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics

Dr. Fran Berman, RDA/US Chair, was recently interviewed by Kaveh Waddel for a piece titled "The Internet of Things Needs a Code of Ethics" featured in the The Atlantic.  Her conversation with him discussed topics including ethical design, and how to balance individual privacy with the potential for social good of connected devices that share data with one another.  Read the article at

Save the Date: RDA's 10th Plenary - September 19-21, 2017

RDA is pleased to announce its 10th Plenary is scheduled to occur in Montreal, Canada at the Centre Mont-Royal from September 19-21, 2017.  Co-organized by RDA, the University of Montreal and Research Data Canada, the theme of the meeting will be “Better Data, Better Decisions,” the event will bring together what is anticipated to be an audience of close to 600 data scientists, researchers, industry, entrepreneurs, and policymakers from disciplines across the globe.

RDA/US Data Share Early Career Program Announces 2017 Fellowship Awards

RDA/US Data Share, an early career engagement program for the Research Data Alliance/US is pleased to announce its selection of the 2017 cohort of Fellows. The Data Share program, formed in 2015 through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, selects Fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA. The program aims at strengthening fellows’ careers and their institutions in data science and data sharing through engagement with the large, international community of RDA.

RDA Wants Your Input!

The following RDA Working Groups have recently formed and are now in "Community Review," meaning the group's Case Statement is now available for input from the RDA community.

RDA's Repository Audit and Certification Working Group Publishes Results of Testbed

The Repository Audit and Certification DSA–WDS Partnership Working Group is an RDA Working Group, co- chaired by RDA/US member Mary Vardigan (former Assistant Director of ICPS), Lesley Rickards (British Oceanographic Data Centre) and Rorie Edmunds (ICSU World Data System [WDS]).

RDA's 9th Plenary in Barcelona - Call for Posters Now Open!

RDA's 9th Plenary meeting will host a poster session offering participants the possibility to showcase their work to an audience of data practitioners, computer scientists, researchers, policy makers and private sector representatives.The goal of the session is to facilitate the sharing of ideas, research or project developments, results and successful outcomes with the full RDA Community! 

The posters are scheduled to be on display during the Plenary lunch and coffee breaks from April 5-7, 2017. 

Position Available: RDA Secretary General - Deadline is February 20

RDA is recruiting a Secretary General to begin in April 2017. The ideal candidate is a suitably experienced leader with a demonstrated ability to engage with the members, Council and senior stakeholders of the RDA, and the ability to be a key driver of the RDA mission of rapidly building the social and technical bridges that enable sharing of data.

The Secretary General reports to the co-chairs of the RDA Council.

Host RDA's 11th Plenary in 2018!

RDA is seeking proposals from organizations or countries interested in hosting its 11th Plenary Meeting in early 2018 (from late February to early April).

These Plenary meetings are working events, built around the breakout sessions of the RDA Working, Interest and Birds of a Feather Groups and occur every six months with the goal of supporting and facilitating the current work of RDA and to inform and broaden the reach of RDA. With often more than 600 participants, these meetings provide great visibility and enhanced global stature for hosting agencies and organizations.