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RDA Data Share announces fellowship awards

Research Data Alliance (RDA)

The program, which formed this year through grant funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, selects and awards fellows to engage with, study and contribute to the RDA. Its objective is to encourage adoption of best practices of data sharing established through RDA and enhance early career engagement with the alliance.

The RDA Data Share Fellowship review committee received a large number of strong applications, and this selection was based on applicants' expertise and interests, as well as on potential benefits to individual careers and to the RDA.

The 2015-2016 RDA Data Share Fellows include:

Morgan Daniels
Vanderbilt University
Council on Library and Information Resources postdoctoral fellow

Bowen Deng
Montana Tech University
Research scientist

Devan Ray Donaldson
Indiana University
Visiting professor

Corey Jackson
Syracuse University
PhD student

Sarah Ramdeen
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
PhD student

Cheryl Thompson
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
PhD student

Matthew Turner
University of Idaho
Research software developer

Nicholas Weber
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
PhD student

Fellows will begin their term on June 1, 2015, with the duration of the fellowship ranging between twelve and eighteen months. A major component of their work will include collaborating with one of over 50 working groups and interest groups in RDA, with topics including big data, certification of digital repositories and agricultural data interoperability. They will also receive stipends and travel support to attend RDA's bi-annual plenaries and an orientation event.


RDA Data Share is built upon a pilot scholars program funded by the National Science Foundation and piloted by Indiana University (IU) School of Informatics and Computing professor Beth Plale and Inna Kouper, assistant director of IU's Data to Insight Center. Kouper and Kathy Fontaine, the managing director of RDA/U.S., serve as co-principal investigators.

For more information on RDA Data Share, please visit

Founded in March 2013 with support from the National Science Foundation, the European Commission and the Australian Commonwealth Government, RDA builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. RDA's goal is for researchers and innovators to openly share data across technologies, disciplines and countries to address the grand challenges of society. It is composed of over 3,000 individuals from 96 countries.

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