Because good research needs good data

Joint RDA/IDCC Unconference

An unconference is an unstructured event scheduled on the fly depending on the needs and interests of people on the day. The idea is to allow the attendees greater flexibility to shape the programme so they get something useful from the event. You can run group discussions, work together on creating common resources, provide tutorials and share the issues you are facing in a safe space to get advice and support from peers.

At IDCC21, the unconference was held on Tuesday 20th April from 3-5pm UTC (4-6 pm BST). It was co-organised with the RDA 17th Virtual Plenary.

How to get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved in the unconference:

  • Propose an idea
  • Vote for your favourite topics
  • Join sessions and contribute to discussions
  • Volunteer to help coordinate the event

At present we are collecting session ideas in a googledoc. This will continue until the event so you have time to brainstorm ideas and submit.

In the days leading up to the event we will open a voting procedure for delegates to state their session preferences. These will be used to guide the pitching that happens on the day to help us schedule the event.

Several members of the community have volunteered to help us coordinate activities on the day. If you would like to join the group please contact Sarah Jones on sarah.jones ‘at’


Many thanks to those who are behind planning and running the unconference. These include:

  • Sarah Jones, GÉANT
  • Thordis Sveinsdottir, DCC
  • Marta Teperek, TU Delft
  • Timea Biro, DRI
  • Daniel Katz, Uni Illinois
  • Steve Diggs, Scripps  Institution of Oceanography
  • Gretchen Greene, NIST
  • Daniel Bangert, DRI
  • Chris Atherton, GÉANT


Times zone:

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC)

British Summer Time (BST)

13:15 – 14:00 14:15 – 15:00 Unconference registration / Break / Networking / RDA for Newcomers Q&A and catch-up session
14:00 – 14:20 15:00 – 15:20 Pitching and allocating sessions
14:20 – 15:05 15:20 – 16:05 Parallel sessions
Professionalising FAIR data stewardship training
Mijke Jetten
Niklas Zimmer
Emerging Institutional Data Governance
Robin Rice
Gretchen Greene
GLAM Data Science Network
Jez Cope
Daniel Bangert
Persisting PIDs CAREfully
Adam Vials Moore
Chris Atherton
15:05 – 15:15 16:05 – 16:15 Coffee break & transition time
15:15 – 16:00 16:15 – 17:00 Parallel sessions
Data stewards in an evolving RDM ecosystem
Yan Wang
Connie Clare
Assessing levels of data sharing
Helen Foster
Gretchen Greene
Increasing Community Involvement
Sarah Jones
Thordis Sveinsdottir
Common metadata standard for general repo
Petra Černohlávková
Jan Dvořák
16:00 17:00 Close
16:00 – 16:15 17:00 – 17:15 Break
16:15 – 17:15 17:15 – 18:15 Poster Session / Meet the Organisers