Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA, recently participated in the Research Data Alliance 6th Plenary Meeting held in Paris. The CODATA community was very actively involved in this event with a number of joint Working Groups and Interest Groups. Simon himself, is actively involved as co-chair in three Groups (Data Science Summer Schools, Income Streams for Data Repositories and Legal Interoperability). On the CODATA blog, he writes:
A highlight for me was Barbara Ryan’s keynote and the impromptu and well-informed talk given by the French Minister of State for Digital Affaires, Axelle Lemaire.
This was a somewhat different Plenary for me than previous ones. RDA Plenaries have a chaotic, ‘unconference’ feel, with a lot of ‘Birds of a Feather’ sessions to collect together interested parties and Interest Groups working out their activities, as well as Working Groups reporting on their progress. It is an exciting model, with huge potential, but it also requires perseverance and patience; for people both to stand up for their ideas and to be willing to collaborate and compromise. These are good things, of course. Watching them evolve is fulfilling, fascinating and frustrating in equal measure, as it must be.