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Scholarship recipient reflections on RDAP24 - Tianji Jiang

April 10, 2024 8:49 AM | Jennifer Chaput (Administrator)

The organization, curation, and preservation of research data are vital issues in research activities today, and they are also the fields that I am centering on during my research journey. The RDAP24 summit was an excellent platform for professionals and researchers from all over the world, across various positions and institutions, who share interests in this field, to meet and exchange their stories, findings, and ideas. Such exchanges of information and knowledge are sure to be very helpful to many people at this conference, including me.

I found many impressive presentations and sessions at this summit. From Iratxe Puebla’s keynote speech about the Data Citation Corpus project, I was introduced to the concept of a corpus. It represents the first research infrastructure to support the efforts of Make Data Count, and I believe it points out a promising direction to identify and track data usage. I am also considering using this corpus for my investigations in the future.In the lightning talk titled “Interoperability between Specialized Data Repositories,” Brendan Honick and Mariah Kenney introduced the NIH BRAIN Initiative Consortium, where data can flow through multiple specialized data repositories. Their efforts are highly referable for building similar infrastructures in many other fields, such as social science.

During the panel 'Supporting Cross-Disciplinary Communities with Lifecycle Data Infrastructure', representatives from critical stakeholder groups in research data management came together. They introduced their efforts to provide infrastructures and design policies to overcome the barriers that research communities face in their pursuits of FAIR data. The discussion also covered how breakthroughs in product development can enable communities to normalize FAIR data practices and sharing. Cross-disciplinary research data management and communication present challenges that have captured the attention of both academia and industry. As a doctoral student spending most of my time on campus with other researchers, I primarily hear about these topics from researchers on campus. Therefore, it was incredibly meaningful and helpful for me to encounter stakeholders from institutions other than universities and listen to their experiences and insights. What I learned from their sharing and discussions is very inspiring to me and has given me many thoughts on my current work.

Last but not least, I want to express my gratitude to the presenters at RDAP for sharing their ideas, and to the Membership Committee for allowing me to participate in this year's conference. Thank you very much for all your contributions and efforts on this wonderful summit. I am looking forward to all the RDAP activities in the remaining year and expecting to make some contributions to this community and the joint efforts on better research data preservation. I can’t wait to attend the 2025 summit.


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