[CODATA-international] RDA COVID-19 Working Group - Urgent Call for Expert Contributions

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Mar 25 07:41:13 EDT 2020

As an international, consensus-driven, community based organisation, the
Research Data Alliance (RDA) has been asked to leverage on the global RDA
data community to support the urgent Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

As a response, RDA has set up a fast track Working Group titled the “RDA
COVID-19 Working Group”.

The objective of this Working Group is to clearly define detailed
guidelines on data sharing and re-use under the present COVID-19
circumstances to help researchers follow best practices to maximize the
efficiency of their work. The guidelines will focus on the management of
data originating from different data sources and the development of a
system for data sharing in public health emergencies that supports
scientific research. This group will provide recommendations on the
creation of a common framework and the tools and processes which should be
embedded in research practice. Guidelines will adhere to FAIR and other
principles and specificities related to omics data, clinical research data
and epidemiological data.

The RDA COVID-19 Working Group, which operates according to the RDA guiding
principles of Openness, Consensus, Balance, Harmonization,
Community-driven, Non-profit and technology-neutral, is OPEN TO ALL. To
join, log into the RDA website (or register for free if you are not a
member) and then join the group at
https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/rda-covid19. If you know of a colleague
who you believe could contribute to this group’s objectives, please forward
this message to him/her.

For those who join this group, online collaborative working documents,
bi-weekly meetings and frequent updates will be communicated via the group
web page and mailing list over the coming days.

This group will work at an unprecedented speed, to deliver a first set of
recommendations in 4 weeks, by 15 April 2020, and is co-chaired by:

   - Juan Bicarregui, Head of Data Division, UKRI-STFC & EOSC Executive
   - Anne Cambon Thomsen, Emeritus Research Director CNRS & RDA Ambassador
   for Health Sciences & Research Ethics
   - Sarah Jones, Associate Director, Digital Curation Centre (DCC) & EOSC
   Executive Board
   - Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada & RDA Council
   - Priyanka Pillai, Health Informatics Specialist, University of Melbourne

If you would like further information, please contact Hilary Hanahoe, RDA
Secretary General at hilary.hanahoe at rda-foundation.org, or Bridget Walker,
RDA Office Manager at bridget.walker at rda-foundation.org


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