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RDA Data Share Announces Fellowship Awards

RDA Data Share, an early career engagement program for the Research Data Alliance (RDA)/United States, is pleased to announce its first selection of Fellows for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The program, which formed this year through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, selects and awards fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA.  Its objective is to encourage adoption of best practices of data sharing established through RDA and enhance early career engagement with the alliance.

The RDA Data Share Fellowship review committee received a large number of strong applications, and this selection was based on applicants’ expertise and interests, as well as on potential benefits to individual careers and to the RDA.

The 2015-2016 RDA Data Share Fellows include:

  • Morgan Daniels
    Vanderbilt University
    Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral fellow
  • Bowen Deng
    Montana Tech University
    Research scientist
  • Devan Ray Donaldson
    Indiana University
    Visiting professor
  • Corey Jackson
    Syracuse University
    PhD student
  • Sarah Ramdeen
    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    PhD student
  • Cheryl Thompson
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    PhD student
  • Matthew Turner
    University of Idaho
    Research software developer
  • Nicholas Weber
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    PhD student

Fellows will begin their term on June 1, 2015, with the duration of the fellowship ranging between twelve and eighteen months.   A major component of their work will include collaborating with one of over 50 working groups and interest groups in RDA, with topics including big data, certification of digital repositories and agricultural data interoperability. They will also receive stipends and travel support to attend RDA’s bi-annual plenaries and an orientation event. 

RDA Data Share is built upon a pilot scholars program funded by the National Science Foundation and piloted by Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing professor Beth Plale and Inna Kouper, assistant director of IU’s Data to Insight Center. Kouper and Kathy Fontaine, the managing director of RDA/U.S., serve as co-principal investigators.

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