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Report | Learning from the geosciences – 11th Research Data Alliance Plenary

11th Research Data Alliance plenary in Berlin (photo: D. Rodriguez for the GFZ).
State Secretary Dr. Georg Schütte (photo: D. Rodriguez for the GFZ).
Participants of the 11th Research Data Alliance plenary (photo: D. Rodriguez for the GFZ).

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) held its 11th plenary from 21 to 23 March in Berlin. The three-day event with about 660 participants at the bcc Berlin Congress Center brought together international stakeholders from 41 countries and several disciplines on the topic of research data.

State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Georg Schütte stated in his welcome note: “Openness, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and community involvement are key for responsible and innovative use of research data”.

The participants discussed solutions for a better use of research data across all scientific fields. One outcome was, for example, a progress in designing a framework for research data citation. Urgent practical issues as well as best practices from the field of geosciences were a crucial part of the program, since the geosciences play an important part within the RDA community due to their long tradition in dealing with accessing research data.

The plenary was organized by GFZ section Library and Information Services LIS together with the RDA, supported by Geo.X, the regional coordination platform for geosciences in Berlin in Brandenburg. (ak)

Twitter stream on the event

The results of the working groups are available here

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