Sponsored by the Irish Research Council: Research Data Alliance Third Plenary Meeting

Posted: 26 March, 2014

Data is the very foundation of research, and each year the quantity and velocity of data produced increases. Sharing of research data has the potential to revolutionise the way research is conducted, accelerating discovery and improving society; but sharing research data globally is challenging.

The RDA (Research Data Alliance) is now one year old. It is a global, grass-roots organisation dedicated to developing the tools, infrastructure, services, standards and practices that the research community needs to share and exchange its data treasures.

The third RDA plenary meeting is focused on taking the global partnerships built in the data sharing community through the RDA’s activities to date, combining these with existing infrastructure and best practices across the data sharing community, and enabling the community to drive forward the changes needed for global data exchange. This plenary meeting is about exploiting RDA’s work to date to its full potential.

Come to Ireland and:

  • experience keynote speakers like Tony Hey, Vice President Microsoft Research Connections
  • meet individuals all over the world and work with them in the RDA Interest/Working Groups covering topics such as:

o   Data Citation

o   Data Foundation and Terminology

o   Data Type Registries

o   Metadata Standards

o   PID Information Types

o   Practical Policies

o   Standardisation of data categories and codes

o   Agricultural Data Interoperability

o   Big Data Analytics

o   Linked Data

o   Digital Repositories and Libraries

o   Digital Humanities

o   Legal Interoperability

o   Long tail of research data

o   Marine Data

o   Preservation e-Infrastructure

o   Publishing Data

o   Life Sciences Data

(A complete list of the RDA Interest/Working Groups can be found at https://rd-alliance.org/working-and-interest-groups.html)

  • Take part in ‘Birds of Feather’ meetings according to your own research interests
  • Take part in/organise co-located events
    ·         Experience the famous Irish hospitality in Dublin, one of the most friendly and lively European cities.

Register now at  https://rd-alliance.org/rda-third-plenary-meeting-registration.html. Early bird registration till 6th March 2014.

If you are newcomer to RDA, consider attending the Pre-Plenary half-day  session on the 25th of March , in order to familiarise yourself with  the Interest/Working groups and their missions.

RDA Europe is offering financial support to European Early Career Researchers & Scientists working with Data to attend the plenary meeting. For more information see https://www.rd-alliance.org/support-programme.html

You can follow Plenary 3 on Twitter (@resdatall, #RDAPlenary)

Visa Information

To travel to Ireland visas are required for certain countries, please check the details on the Department of Foreign Affairs web page https://www.dfa.ie/travel/visas/visas-for-ireland/, and contact plenary3-visa@rd-alliance.org. The Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade advises you to apply for your visa 6-8 weeks before the date you plan to travel.


The event is co-organised by the Australian National Data Service, the Digital Repository of Ireland, the Insight Centre for Data Analytics of Ireland, and RDA-Europe with support from the Australian National Data Service, Science Foundation Ireland, Irish Research Council, and Fáilte Ireland.

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