Research Access and Preservation 2018 Summit (RDAP18) Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit, which will take place in Chicago, IL from March 21-23, 2018.


To view the program/schedule and register please visit:

This national conference will feature panel presentations, lightning talks, workshops, and a poster session reception. Managers, users, and generators of digital data from all sectors, including industry, academia, government, and cultural heritage centers will gather to explore topics in the following areas:

  • Data quality: Curation services, Metadata, and Metrics

  • Defining the role of the library in research data management within an institution

  • FAIR vs. Friction

  • Intersection of Publishing and Data

  • Underserved Data Communities: Understanding Access & Preservation Bias

  • Research reproducibility – how data librarians are getting involved


We are delighted to announce our keynote speaker: Tom Schenk, the Chief Data Officer for the City of Chicago, will address the Summit attendees. More information will be forthcoming.

March 23 is our Workshop/Demo day with additional sessions led by data organizations and experts.

This year, RDAP is pleased to announce a partnership with the Journal of eScience Librarianship (JeSLIB). Selected RDAP proposals (posters and presenters) will also be invited to submit their work for publication in JeSLIB. JeSLIB is a peer-reviewed, open access journal that publishes full-length papers, eScience in Action articles, reviews, and video articles. First time RDAP attendees are also encouraged to submit commentaries for publication in JeSLIB. Members of JeSLIB’s editorial board and RDAP’s Proceedings subcommittee will be selecting and inviting presentations and posters for submissions. However any and all attendees and/or presenters are encouraged to submit their scholarly work to the Journal of eScience Librarianship.
(See JeSLIB’s Guidelines for Authors

Keep up with the conversation on Twitter at #RDAP18 and on the RDAP Facebook page.


Questions? Please contact RDAP chairs: Amy Neeser ( & Jon Petters (