About the Research Data Alliance and the Ninth Plenary Meeting

This is the first blogpost in a series of posts reporting from the RDA 9th Plenary (P9), 3-7 April 2017 in Barcelona. This is also the first blog post on the Stockholm University Press Blog about research data related issues, focusing on sharing and collaborating between Swedish academic institutions. Some highlights of the RDA Plenary will be summarised here, authored by Sabina Anderberg at Stockholm University, Sverker Holmgren at Uppsala University, and Monica Lassi at Lund University.

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About the Research Data Alliance

Research Data Alliance – RDA has over 5000 members from over 120 countries around the world. The organisation was founded in 2013 by several stakeholders including the European Commission.

The aims are to contribute to the design and development of social and technical infrastructure for open data. RDA consists of a large number of interest groups (IGs), which focus on different topics related to research data.

The IGs can activate working groups (WGs) which conducts active work on a well-defined problem during 18 months. The outputs from RDA are often in the form of recommendations, some of which are disseminated to policy makers and other stakeholders in open science and open data.

About the research data alliance plenary meeting

The RDA plenaries serve as a forum for groups to meet, discuss and work together face to face (many groups have regular meetings online between the plenaries). There are also possibilities to create birds-of-a-feather sessions where new or cross-group issues can be discussed. The RDA 9th Plenary took place in Barcelona 3-7 April 2017, with over 500 people from 45 countries attending.

Photo: CC BY 2.0 Bengt Nyman. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barcelona_43_2013.jpg
Barcelona. Photo: Bengt Nyman, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia.

Sweden was well represented this plenary: Lund University, SciLifeLab Elixir, Svensk Nationell Datatjänst SND, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, and the Swedish Research Council. The next RDA Plenary, P10, will be in Toronto in October, followed by a spring Plenary in Berlin.

In a series of blog posts, some highlights of the RDA Plenary will be summarised here, authored by Sabina Anderberg at Stockholm University, Sverker Holmgren at Uppsala University, and Monica Lassi at Lund University.


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