Building the Social and Technical Infrastructures to Transform Research Data Sharing One Plenary at a Time - The Scholarly Kitchen
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The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven, non-profit initiative that was originally set up in 2013 by the European Commission, the US NSF and NISO, and the Australian Department of Innovation. Right from the very start, RDA was an entirely independent, grassroots effort to build the social and technical infrastructure that supports open sharing and re-use of data. The most recent RDA plenary was an entirely virtual event spread across two weeks at the beginning of November, which I attended via Whova, Zoom, and a little bit of Gather, from the comfort and COVID-safety of my home office....
If I have a concern at all, it’s that the good people at RDA can’t do all of this alone. Publishers, learned societies, institutions, libraries, and funders all have significant parts to play in building a better, more efficient, and more connected research infrastructure. While there are representatives of all of these stakeholders in RDA, more organizational and systemic work is needed. From the immediate benefits that publishers can glean from improved metadata about research and smoother processes, to systemic benefits for the research infrastructure that will accelerate science and save lives, it’s in all our interests to be a part of this transformation."