Francine Berman to Receive Peters Award at December CNI Meeting

“The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and EDUCAUSE are pleased to announce that Francine Berman, Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Katherine Hampson Bessell Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award. The award recognizes notable, lasting achievements in the creation and innovative use of network-based information resources and services that advance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Nominated by highly respected members of the information science community, Berman is widely recognized for her leadership in digital data stewardship, preservation, and cyberinfrastructure. Such infrastructure is critical to supporting data-driven research and new discovery in a broad variety of fields, including the digital humanities. Appointed by President Obama to the National Council on the Humanities, Berman has worked closely with the library and museum communities. She also co-chaired the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Sustainable Digital Preservation and Access and the National Academies Board on Research Data and Information. In 2012, she helped found the Research Data Alliance, an international, community-driven organization established to accelerate research data sharing and data-driven innovation worldwide….”

The Research Data Alliance: Benefits and Challenges of Building a Community Organization · Harvard Data Science Review

“The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven organization dedicated to the development and use of technical, social, and community infrastructure promoting data sharing and data-driven exploration. RDA is particularly important for the global academic community where research infrastructure is often ad hoc, may have a short shelf-life, and hard to fund.

At its launch in 2013, RDA struck a chord. Since then, RDA has attracted more than 9400 members from 130-plus countries and developed infrastructure used by groups all over the world. One of its founders is Francine Berman (FB), 2019–2020 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard and the Edward P. Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Berman served as co-chair of RDA’s leadership council and chair of the U.S. region of RDA (RDA/US) for the first 6 years of RDA’s growth. Her leadership and organizational experience in developing and operating national-scale cyberinfrastructure (she is former director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center) and her broad community contributions have helped drive the success of RDA.

In this piece, Berman is interviewed by Mercè Crosas, Harvard University’s Research Data Officer with the Chief Information Officer’s leadership team and leader of Dataverse. Berman and Crosas met through RDA and both have deep knowledge of the benefits and challenges of running a community-focused organization. They share some of those insights in the conversation below. More information, including specifics on the RDA community and RDA’s ‘origin story,’ can be found here….”

The International Research Data Community contributing to EOSC-Live | EOSCSecretariat

“An EOSC Event at RDA Helsinki Plenary: an integral part of the EOSC Stakeholder Forum

22 October 2019, 09:00 – 17:00 local time, Helsinki, Finland

Aalto University, DIPOLI, Otakaari 24, Otaniemi, Espoo

Organised by in collaboration with the Research Data Alliance (RDA)….”

RDA and COAR Collaborate to Progress Research Data Management Internationally | RDA

“The Research Data Alliance (RDA) and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) are pleased to announce an agreement to work together to strengthen and expand capacities for research data management within the international data repository community.

COAR and RDA have a shared mission to improve access and use of research outputs, leading to better research and new discoveries. As part of this agreement, the organizations intend to coordinate more closely on strategic initiatives of shared interest, regularly exchange information about activities, and conduct joint webinars and events to support common aims….”

FREYA — English

“FREYA is a 3-year project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme. The project aims to build the infrastructure for persistent identifiers as a core component of open science, in the EU and globally. FREYA will improve discovery, navigation, retrieval, and access of research resources. New provenance services will enable researchers to better evaluate data and make the scientific record more complete, reliable, and traceable. By engaging with the global community through the Research Data Alliance and other research infrastructures, we work together to realise the vision of fully and effectively accessible data. FREYA follows on from the successful THOR project. Read more about what we do here….”