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Research Data Alliance

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 to Friday, March 28, 2014
Croke Park, Dublin


For details on the Plenary, visit the conference website: 

DRI and INSIGHT are hosting the third plenary of the Research Data Alliance in Dublin, following the first plenary in March 2013 (Gothenburg, Sweden, led by RDA-Europe), and the second plenary in Washington, DC in September 2013 (led by RDA-US). This third plenary is led by Australia, in close partnership with Ireland.

RDA is an important new global organisation that draws support and funding from the EU Commission (Commissioner Neelie Kroes and DG-Connect), the National Science Foundation in the United States, and the Australian Government and National Data Services.

The Research Data Alliance aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. The work of the Research Data Alliance is primarily undertaken through its working groups. Participation in working groups and interest groups, starting new working groups, and attendance at the twice-yearly plenary meetings is open to all. For more information on how to get involved in these groups, see

The conference will run for three days in Dublin, from March 26-28, 2014, with a session specifically designed for newcomers on March 25, 2014. In addition to prominent keynote speakers such as Tony Hey, the plenary will focus on meetings of existing working groups, as well as spontaneous breakout sessions on topics of interest. Visit the conference website here:  Please note that earlybird registration closes March 6, 2014.

The Organising Committee for the Third Plenary consists of Dr Sandra Collins (Director, Digital Repository of Ireland), Dr. Natalie Harrower (Manager of Education and Outreach, Digital Repository of Ireland), Professor Stefan Decker (INSIGHT: Ireland's National Data Analytics Research Centre), Dr Leif Laaksonen (RDA-Europe Project Director), Professor Alan Smeaton (INSIGHT: Ireland's National Data Analytics Research Centre) and Dr Andrew Treloar (Director of Technology, Australian National Data Service and Organising Committee Chair).

The Irish side of the Organising Committee will be Digital Repository of Ireland and INSIGHT, the new SFI-funded National Data Analytics Research Centre. DRI's Dr. Sandra Collins is on the European Council for RDA and the Organising Committee for the event, and Dr. Natalie Harrower is the local conference chair.

For further information about the Research Data Alliance, please either visit or email