focus on: building synergies in capacity development at igad pre-conference meeting, rda-9, barcelona
Welcome to the February 2017 Newsletter, brought to you by the AIMS team. This issue focuses on a new Research Data Alliance (RDA) / Agricultural Data IG (IGAD) Discussion Group, and highlights recent blog-posts published on AIMS. The current Newsletter also provides insights into some mission-related initiatives – in Information Management Sector (in Agriculture and beyond) – mainstreaming impact through services, infrastructures, products and points of view, at a global level.
Meanwhile, plans are in high gear for the upcoming 9th RDA Plenary Meeting, which will take place on April 5-7, 2017, in Barcelona.
On this occasion, RDA Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD), Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), the organizing and local committees are looking forward to the IGAD pre-conference meeting that will be held on April 3-4 2017, at the Faculty of Library and Information Science of the University of Barcelona.
More than 100 data experts from more than 35 countries have already registered to the IGAD pre-meeting where the participants will be briefed about ongoing activities of IGAD Working Groups (WGs) and will convey new ideas through the proposals for future work.
Among many points of discussion, the IGAD pre-meeting will be also the springboard for the official launching of the Joint Building Synergies in Capacity Development Discussion Group, in the context of research data in agriculture and their potential contribution to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The objective of this new group is to explore ideas for closer collaborations between RDA/IGAD - RDA/Geospatial IG - GODAN Capacity Development - CODATA and synergies to set up a Joint Curriculum WG with regard to education and training on open data in food and agricultural sciences.
This event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to provide multidisciplinary inputs about best practices into the curriculum development process with the objective to expand the societal impact of open agricultural research. A particular focus will be on sharing knowledge about training programs and platforms reducing digital divides so that researchers in developing countries can also benefit.
“What counts depends on data’s value for purposes it has served or may serve, so consider these as first step” (Good practice in managing data - Supporting Open Research in Horizon 2020, Amsterdam, 26 January, 2017)
“When we are talking about channels it helps to think both about what stakeholders or systems need to be connected and how systems can be designed to promote engagement with these channels” (Making the case for RDM services, Developing Research Data Management Services, Amsterdam, 25 January, 2017).
‘OPEN DATA’, ‘CAPABILITIES / CAPACITY’, ‘RESEARCH DATA’, ‘OPEN SOURCE’ buzzwords are actively fragmenting into different mission-related initiatives mainstreaming impact through activities, services and products, at a global level.
Actually, the current trends in Information-, Knowledge-, and (Research) Data Management are inextricably tied and one shouldn't take precedence over the other. AIMS continues to encourage the Information Management communities to build solutions with 'open' and 'FAIR' in mind from the outset, as this is key in creating interoperability among distributed trusted information infrastructures.
By the way…
Did you know that from January 2017, research data is open by default, with possibilities to opt out?
Learn also how Open Data is being re-used in Europe (European Data Portal report, 2017).
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