We have been hearing through various communication channels that you want to know what’s going on with RDAP, beyond the emails we send. To bring another form of visibility to the work we are doing, we are going to host a town hall this Friday 3/22 at 2pm EST.
We plan to set up another town hall in the next couple of weeks for those who can’t make this Friday’s meeting (we know it is short notice, but we see this as a more informal way for the community to interact with the Board). Also an FYI, there will be a business meeting at RDAP 19 where the Board will present more formally on the progress we have made this year.
It’s been a busy year for RDAP as we work to transition from just an annual Summit to an independent association. One thing that the RDAP Board would like to improve upon is communication with its community. To this end, we will be sending out short newsletters regularly to better update you all on what the Board and committees are working on.
The RDAP Summit is scheduled for May 15-16, 2019 in Miami, FL, with a workshop day on Friday, May 17. The program has been finalized and is available. Registration is $209 and is NOW LIVE! Thanks to the conference chairs and committee for all their hard work on putting together this exciting program.
RDAP’s sponsorship committee has raised $25k to help support the conference and keep the registration cost low. We have received sponsorship from several vendors and professional organizations, but we could use a few more sponsorship dollars from academic institutions; please see the email from Trisha Adamus on 2019-02-26 for more information. And thank you to the Sponsorship committee for their hard work!
In late October, the Association of American Universities (AAU) and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) held an invitation-only workshop (drawing upon and incorporating guidance from the Nov 2017 AAU APLU Public Access Working Group Report) to discuss the roles and responsibilities of institutions in providing public access to research data. Representatives from 30 institutions were selected to attend, including a number of librarians. Representatives from the DOE, NIH, NSF, and DOD were also present. Panels and sessions are listed in the Workshop Agenda.