The journey to the Research Data Alliance Virtual Plenary 16

Ms Leanne Griffiths2, Dr Stefanie Kethers1

1ARDC, Caulfield East, Australia
2CSIRO, Adelaide, Australia

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven initiative launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government’s National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data. Today, RDA has about 11,000 members from over 140 countries.

The 15th RDA Plenary was planned to be held in Melbourne in March 2019. In the lead up to the Plenary, RDA and ARDC held various events including an “RDA Meet & Greet” roadshow with Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General, and Webinars on topics of interest, and we saw great interest from the Australian community to participate, and run sessions and co-located events. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the physical Plenary, which was then held in virtual form, and a lot of local effort and momentum was lost.

To help people re-engage with RDA, we will look back on the outcomes and activities of RDA over the last 12 months, including RDA outputs, adoption stories, and recently established groups, and will look forward to the Virtual Plenary 16, to be held from 9-13 November 2020, and a series of regional events associated with the Virtual Plenary 16.


Leanne Griffiths, CSIRO: Leanne Griffiths is a Senior Manager of the Information Outreach team at CSIRO. This team includes 5 data librarians. Leanne has worked in Special Libraries for over 25 years and has experience over a number of years supporting the CSIRO repositories for data and publications.

Stefanie Kethers, ARDC – Dr Stefanie Kethers is the Director of Operations of the Research Data Alliance. She has a strong interest in supporting cooperation in the workplace, and has previously worked as a researcher on a variety of related projects investigating how to support people working together in different contexts.

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