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RDA’s Thematic Community Cross-fertilisation Workshops

Submitted on 11th January 2023

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The community cross-fertilisation workshop series is part of the RDA’s strategic plan to celebrate and commemorate its 10th Anniversary in 2023

Aligned with the 10th Anniversary schedule, a virtual workshop will take place each month from February to November 2023 to bring RDA Working groups, Interest groups and Communities of Practice with a similar focus together with members of the wider research data community to discuss the future of the following research data management themes:

  • February: FAIR data, software and hardware (Thursday, 23 February. Read more and register)
  • April: Health and medical data
  • May: Metadata and technical infrastructure 
  • June: Agriculture and environmental data 
  • July: Research data policy 
  • August: Disciplinary data
  • September: Sustainable development and responsible research
  • October: A Festival of Data
  • November: Research data management support and education

During each thematic workshop, participants will have the opportunity to answer and discuss the following questions:

  • What are the main challenges that should be addressed within the theme over the next two years? 
  • How can the RDA community groups address these challenges over the next two years? 
  • What initiatives and/or communities could the RDA community implement/collaborate with to advance the theme? 

Benefits for participants and the RDA community 

These thematic workshops present a valuable opportunity to:

  • Connect and strengthen collaboration between RDA groups with similar interests and focus.
  • Facilitate discussion about a particular theme related to research data management that is of relevance to the RDA community. 
  • Showcase and celebrate community group efforts and achievements to date. 
  • Identify gaps, needs and challenges within the community, and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas to address them.
  • Provide chairs and members with a voice to direct, define and align goals and group activities. 

Workshop outputs 

Outcomes of the cross-fertilisation workshop will be presented in a short summary (example) published and promoted online in commemoration of the RDA’s 10th Anniversary. The workshop will not be recorded but the collaborative notes will be made openly available to the wider research data community following the event. Depending on the success of the pilot workshop, additional community cross-fertilisation workshops will be conducted next year as part of the RDA’s 10th Anniversary event series.

Get in Touch

If you have questions or comments about the community cross-fertilisation workshop series, please feel free to contact the Community Development Manager, Connie Clare ( 

DRI is funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (DFHERIS) via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council (IRC).

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