Research Data Alliance Plenary March 2013

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Website: Research Data Alliance Plenary March 2013
When: March 18-20 2013
Where: Gothenburg, Sweden
Over the last decade, significant investments have been made all over the globe for developing scientific data infrastructures to support the work of research communities and improving shared access to data. There is a common understanding that solutions must be global and that the development of an integrated and interoperable data domain can only be achieved through increased global cooperation.

As "big data" emerges as an international priority, plenty of scientists have been campaigning for a shift to open science. The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a newly formed organization whose goal is to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research, data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonisation for specific communities and across scientific disciplines. These goals are achieved through the development and adoption of infrastructures, policies, practices, standards and with the support of a structure that includes a council, plenary, secretariat, non-governmental structures (NGSs), and working groups.

The RDA Launch Event and its First Plenary is scheduled for 18-20 March 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden, and it follows the First RDA Planning Meeting held in Washington DC, 1-3 October 2012. The event will be launched by sponsors from the European Commission, the U.S. Government and the Australian Government and leaders in the data community which include Vice-President European Commission Neelie Kroes; Carlos Morais-Pires, Scientific Officer, Excellence in Science DG CONNECT & coordinator, Scientific Data e-Infrastructures, DG CONNECT European Commission; Alan Blatecky, Director Office of Cyberinfrastructure (OCI), National Science Foundation (NSF), US; Ross Wilkinson, Executive Director, Australian National Data Service, Australia; Peter Wittenburg, Head of the Language Archive Unit at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Leif Laaksonen, Collaboration Director at CSC, IT Center for Science, Finland, the latter two representing the iCORDI community. The event is kindly supported by City of Gothenburg, Stadsledningskontoret, Chalmers e-Science Centre and the IT-universitet, Chalmers University of Technology and Gothenburg University. The RDA First Plenary will be a working meeting to accelerate discussion, working and interest group interaction, and data community development. The programme is available at


Fox, P. 2013. Can it get any more important than this?. In Proceedings of Research Data Alliance Plenary March 2013 (March 18-20 2013, Gothenburg, Sweden).