Making the most of the Research Data Alliance

Dr Romain David4, Dr Tom Honeyman1 , Dr  Stefanie Kethers1, Ms Kerry Levett1, Ms Priyanka Pillai3, Dr Kristal Spreadborough2, Dr Andrew Treloar1, Dr Dharma Akmon6, Dr Nichola Burton1, Ms Sarah Davidson8, Dr Kristan Kang1, Dr Steven McEachern5, Dr Paula Martinez1, Dr Aleksandra Michalewicz2, Dr Rita Rb-Silva7,

1ARDC, Australia
2Melbourne Data Analytics Platform, University of Melbourne, Australia
3The University of Melbourne, Australia
4ERINHA AISBL (European Research Infrastructure on Highly Pathogenic Agents), France
5Australian Data Archive (ADA), Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
6ICPSR, University of Michigan, USA
7Portuguese Institute of Oncology of Porto, Portugal
8Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Germany

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven initiative launched in 2013 with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data. Today, RDA has more than 11,000 members from over 140 countries and more than 90 Working and Interest Groups tackling global data challenges. RDA has evolved into a community of researchers, data practitioners, funders, and publishers not found elsewhere.

RDA has a strong presence in the Northern Hemisphere, so what can RDA offer to researchers and data practitioners in Australia and the region? How can they best make use of RDA?

In this BoF, we will hear from Australian representatives of RDA Working and Interest Groups at different stages (from getting started to finalising major group outputs) about how they have been using RDA to find international experts tackling similar data challenges, work together to define problem spaces and solutions, ensure that solutions are applicable in different regional, organisational and discipline contexts, and benefit from increased international visibility and recognition. Representatives from the following RDA groups will present on their experiences:

– FAIR 4 Virtual Research Environments (VREs) WG – In formation (associated with the established Virtual Research Environments IG)

– Sensitive Data IG – Established and seeking endorsement by RDA

– FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG – Nearing the end of its activity, recently published a major output


Dr Andrew Treloar is the Director Platforms and Software for the Australian Research Data Commons. He is currently a member of the Research Software Alliance ( Steering Committee. After an initial career in academia, and time spent in university IT services, he has primarily worked in the eResearch space since 2003. His academic qualifications span linguistics, computer science, and research ecosystems. Further details at or follow him on Twitter as @atreloar. His twitter bio describes him as “Data-tragic, urban-greenie, home-gardener, cycling-commuter, BodyPump-addict, lapsed-linguist”, which probably isn’t a bad summary.


Oct 12 2021


2:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 11 - 12 2021
  • Time: 11:00 pm - 12:20 am