03 October 2022 7828 reads


The RDA’s Thematic Community Cross-fertilisation Workshops & Carousel Event

The community cross-fertilisation workshop series was part of the RDA’s strategic plan to celebrate and commemorate its 10th Anniversary in 2023

Aligned with the 10th Anniversary schedule, a virtual workshop took place during most months, from February to November 2023, to bring RDA Working groups, Interest groups and Communities of Practice with a similar focus together with members of the wider research data community to discuss the future of the following research data management themes:


Month 2023             

Community cross-fertilisation workshop theme 



FAIR data, software and hardware

Thursday, 23 February 
See the summary  



Health and medical data

Wednesday, 26 April 
See the summary


Metadata and technical infrastructure: RDA for PIDs
RDA in collaboration with ARDC

Wednesday, 31 May
See the summary


Agriculture and environmental data 

Wednesday, 28 June
See the summary 


Research data policy: RDA for Research Evaluation
RDA in collaboration with ARDC

Thursday, 27 July
See the summary



Disciplinary data: RDA's Engagement with Disciplines / RDA for Disciplinary Data
(A special community cross-fertilisation workshop) 


Wednesday, 30 August
See the summary


Sustainable development and responsible research

Tuesday, 26 September 
See the summary


Research data management support and education

Thursday, 16 November
See the summary 



Celebrating 'A Decade of Data: Community Cross-fertilisation Carousel' Event

Celebrating a Decade of Data: The Community Cross-fertilisation Carousel

On November 30th, the RDA’s 10th anniversary celebrations culminated in a 1-hr webinar to reflect on the outcomes of the community Cross-fertilisation Workshop series. 

During this webinar, participants were taken through a whistle-stop tour of the workshop series, exploring the content, and learning about the main challenges and future actions for the RDA community to focus on for each theme. 





RDA Roulette: Speed networking 

At the end of the webinar, participants were invited to stay on for ‘RDA Roulette’, an optional speed networking session whereby participants were randomly grouped to network for a short period of time. Each participant experienced several rounds of speed networking during the session. This was an exciting opportunity to meet new RDA members, make new connections, and send off the year with a bit of fun!

RDA members 'raised a glass' to the RDA's 10th birthday!


More about the Community Cross-fertilisation Workshops...

During each thematic workshop, participants had the opportunity to answer and discuss the following questions:

  1. What are the main challenges that should be addressed within the theme over the next two years? 

  2. How can the RDA community groups address these challenges over the next two years? 

  3. What initiatives and/or communities could the RDA community implement/collaborate with to advance the theme? 


Benefits for participants and the RDA community 

These thematic workshops presented a valuable opportunity to:

  • Connect and strengthen collaboration between RDA groups with similar interests and focus.

  • Facilitate discussion about a particular theme related to research data management that is of relevance to the RDA community. 

  • Showcase and celebrate community group efforts and achievements to date. 

  • Identify gaps, needs and challenges within the community, and exchange knowledge, experience and ideas to address them.

  • Provide chairs and members with a voice to direct, define and align goals and group activities. 


Workshop Pilots

In order to determine the feasibility of the thematic community cross-fertilisation workshop series and to plan for its execution in 2023, pilot workshops on ‘RDA for Data Management Planning’ and ‘RDA for Agricultural Data’ took place in November 2022. 

Following the success of these pilot, the Community Development Management team organised further workshops throughout the year, aligned with each monthly theme.

The workshops are not be recorded but the collaborative notes are made openly available to the wider research data community following the event, and a summary document is published on Zenodo.

Summaries for the Pilots can be accessed here: 


RDA for Data Management Planning         

Thursday, 10 November 2022 

16:00 - 17:45 UTC


        See the workshop summary 

RDA for Agricultural Data

Thursday, 17 November 2022

16:00 - 17:45 UTC

 See the workshop summary


Get in touch 

If you have questions or comments about the community cross-fertilisation workshop series, please feel free to contact our Community Development Manager, Connie Clare (connie.clare@rda-foundation.org). 



With thanks to Rossella Aversa, Francis Crawley, Lindsay Ferrara, Francoise Genova, Hilary Hanahoe, Maggie Hellström, Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Reyna Jenkyns, Sarah Jones, Rebecca Koskela, Katherine McNeill, Laura Molloy, Karen Payne, Jonathan Petters, Frankie Stevens, Andrew Treloar, Bridget Walker and Michael Witt for their valuable contributions during the development of this workshop series.

With thanks to all workshop leads, presenters and participants for making the Community Cross-fertilisation Workshop series and end-of-year event successful and special.