16-18 September 2013 - National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, US. Data sharing offers important benefits for scientific progress and advancement of knowledge. However, several limitations and barriers in the general adoption of data sharing are still in place. The meeting has provided existing and new and aspiring RDA community members with an opportunity to conduct business and make progress on their plans and deliverables.
As “big data” emerges as an international priority, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a newly formed organization whose goal is to accelerate data-driven innovation world-wide through research data sharing and exchange. At its first Plenary, the RDA was launched by sponsors from the European Commission, the U. S. Government and the Australian Government and leaders in the data community. The Plenary was a working meeting to accelerate discussion, Working and Interest Group interaction, and data community development.