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Building bridges across Open Science in the UK: The RDA UK/OpenAIRE Advance Joint Workshop

On the 6th of May, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) UK node and OpenAIRE Advance offered a joint workshop focusing on our efforts with open access/open science initiatives and the underlying importance of research data. This was the 3rd workshop that the RDA UK has offered and the final workshop for the UK’s national open access desk, or NOAD, as part of the project, which concludes at the end of this year. Speakers included Christopher Brown, Jennifer Sanchez-Davies, and me from Jisc;  Juan Bicarregui from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); Venkataraman Shanmugasundaram from the Digital Curation Centre (DCC); René van Horik and Ingrid Dillo from the Data Archiving and Networked Services in The Netherlands (DANS); Hilary Hanahoe from the RDA; and Rachel Bruce from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The event, which we had hoped would be a physical conference but was adapted to a virtual workshop because of the pandemic, was a chance to find out about relevant activities in open science, in particular in the areas of training, FAIR data, and certification. The aim was to connect researchers, open science facilitators, research facilitators, repository managers, policy makers, funders and librarians with a strong focus on the FAIR principles: Findable-Accessible-Interoperable-Reusable. A recording of the workshop is available from the RDA UK event page for those who were not able to attend the event.

The afternoon was organised in the following way, with a short break included:

Welcome – Christopher Brown (Jisc) Slides

Introductions to:

RDA UK Node – Juan Bicarregui (UKRI-STFC) Slides

OpenAIRE NOAD – Frank Manista (Jisc) Slides


Schools of Research Data Science – S Venkataraman (DCC) Slides

EOSC-hub and training on Research Data Management – René van Horik (DANS) Slides


FAIR data: from FAIRytale to FAIR enough – Ingrid Dillo (DANS) Slides

Certification/Registering of repositories:

OpenDOAR: insight into our service – Jennifer Sanchez-Davies (Jisc) Slides

UKRI open research – Rachel Bruce (UKRI) Slides

RDA the road ahead – Hilary Hanahoe (RDA) Slides

Overall, there was a positive response to the afternoon, which followed on from an ORCID UK community workshop, but we’d be grateful if anyone wanted to get in touch to talk about the work presented, as well as the RDA and OpenAIRE in general. Please go here for more information on the RDA UK and for OpenAIRE engagement in the UK, you can get in touch with us at

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