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Open Meeting of the RDM-Network in May 2024

May 16th, 2024 | by
Key points for the Open Meeting oft he RDM network on May 8, 2024

Source: Own illustration; Freepik

The last Open Meeting of the RDM of RWTH Aachen University took place on May 8, 2024 on the topic “Data Stewards and Data Champions – How do I gain support in RDM? How do I convince researchers of RDM?” as a face-to-face event in the conference room of the University Library.




Data Stewards and Data Champions

At the last Meeting of the RDM Network on the second Wednesday in May, the focus was on Data Champions at RWTH Aachen University.  Various RDM stakeholders met to discuss the topic in a relaxed atmosphere above the rooftops of the imperial city of Aachen. After a brief introduction and various definitions of what data champions are and a refreshment of coffee and cookies, different teams were formed and given three 20-minute periods to discuss various questions about data champions (DC) and data stewards and compile the answers on the board.


View over Aachen from the conference room of the University Library

Source: Own illustration

The questions related to e.g. why data champions can be important for the work of RDM stakeholders, how data champions can be identified, which experiences they should share with the RDM community and how a DC program at RWTH could be organized. There was a lively discussion and reflection on how Data Champions, who are seen as hidden talents in the field of research data management (RDM), can be motivated to tell their personal story, e.g. how their scientific work has benefited from RDM and how they promote good RDM within their department or faculty. The results of the teams will soon be available on the RWTH intranet. We would like to thank all participants of the RDM network meeting for the many good contributions and the exciting exchange!


The Next Open Meeting of the RDM network – Save the Date

Date: June 12, 2024
Time: 10am to 12 noon
Location: Online via Zoom (Registration)


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If you also want to become a part of the RDM network at RWTH, then subscribe to the mailing list “DataStewards@RWTH”.

If you have any questions about the RDM network or RDM in general, just write a message. The RDM Team looks forward to hearing from you.

Responsible for the content of this article is Lina-Louise Kaulbach.

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