The Third Plenary of the Research Data Alliance (RDA), co-hosted by Australia and Ireland, provided an opportunity for just under 500 delegates from 34 countries to share ideas, information and activities around a range of research data sharing endeavours.
Some of the ideas discussed included how data sharing can be enabled in research areas as diverse as toxicogenomics, agricultural research, marine research and urban quality of life and some of the technical practicalities of enabling such exchange of data.
This third plenary demonstrated the significant growth in global interest in the value of sharing research data to drive research outcomes, an endeavour strongly promoted in Australia by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (Australia’s non-government representative in the RDA).
Delegates had the opportunity to hear a welcome address from Australia’s Ambassador to Ireland, Her Excellency, Dr Ruth Adler.
This was followed by a keynote address from Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, and who added his support to the goals of the RDA and reflected on the measures being undertaken in Australia to enhance our researchers’ ability to participate fully in international collaborations, including through the infrastructure support provided through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
Australian participants included delegates from a range of capabilities funded under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and associated programs, including:
- the Australian National Data Service
- the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
- the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network
- the Integrated Marine Observing System.
Also in attendance was a Department of Education delegate who represented the Australian Government on the RDA Colloquium of Funders in a meeting with the RDA Council.
The Fourth Plenary of the RDA will be held in Amsterdam from 22-24 September 2014.
The Australian Government provides funding support to the RDA through grants to ANDS administered by the Department of Education.
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