What do you expect to achieve in this project?
We would like to have everyone who works on research data use and who sees RDA as the vehicle and international fora to discuss this, considering it encompasses global issues, not just in Europe, to address all research data needs. RDA Europe 4.0 addresses the need for open and interoperable sharing of research data and the need to build social, technical and cross-disciplinary links, to enable such sharing on a global scale. It aims to become the centrepiece for an EU Open Science Strategy through a consolidated European network of National Nodes, bringing forward an RDA legacy in Europe, providing skilled, voluntary resources from EU investment to address Digital Single Market (DSM) issues.
How will European citizens benefit from this project, both from the technology developments it accomplishes as well as the scientific breakthroughs it may achieve?
RDA have multiple active Working & Interest Groups that work hard to overcome challenges to increase the findability, accessibility, interoperability and reuse of data and services for research communities thus encouraging innovation. These are, in turn, adopted once transferred into recommendations. The EU citizen working on accessible and re-usable data across borders may take up this array of results and implement them in their own context, thus supporting the European Data Economy.
Is EU funding important for the European research? How has it contributed to your projects/careers/success?
EU funding boosts innovation and is a perfect way of working with brilliant minds, exchanging the best practices, in a European context and ultimately in a global scenario. RDA Europe 4.0 is one of a series of EC-funded RDA projects to support the RDA global initiative, started in 2013, to propagate in Europe and address the data challenges of European and International organisations. RDA Europe reaches out to people; this is key to improving our European skillset and growth in an international landscape. Therefore, we earmarked significant financial support over the lifetime of the project [Mar 2018 - May 2020] to EU individuals and organisations through a series of open calls to support data and discipline-specific experts, early careers, therefore supporting capacity building, and organisations committed to support research data policies in Europe. It has helped us to act as a facilitator for other related initiatives in Europe around research infrastructures and more recently the setting up of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).
What are you going to exhibit at ICT2018? What should visitors expect to see/experience upon visiting your booth?
RDA Outputs are the technical and social infrastructure solutions developed by RDA Working Groups or Interest Groups that enable the sharing, exchange and interoperability of data. Outputs have an important impact in two areas: solving problems, and incorporation and/or adoption in infrastructure environments by individuals, projects and organisations.
Visitors at the booth will be able to discover how the RDA outputs and recommendations have been adopted by different organisations and the benefits they have brought. In addition, they will be see how they can qualify to take advantage of the different financial opportunities available until May 2020.