RDA Second Plenary
Around half of the Research Data Alliance's (RDA's) 800 members participated in its Second biannual Plenary on 16–18 September 2013 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC. Attended by Bernard Minster (Chair of the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC)), Michael Diepenbroek (Vice-chair of WDS-SC; Co-chair of RDA/WDS Interest Group on Certification of Digital Repositories), and Mustapha Mokrane (WDS Executive Director), there was significant WDS presence at the event, not least at the breakout sessions of the two RDA–WDS Interest Groups.
Although RDA is still defining its governance model, and has yet to formalize its relationship with affiliate organizations, the environment it has created is already encouraging useful interactions between organizations and individuals of a similar mindset; bringing them together towards a shared vision and distribution of the workload.
Mustapha Mokrane also attended the DataCite Summer Meeting held on 19–20 September, also at the National Academy of Sciences. At this meeting, DataCite approved in principle the mutual exchanging of Associate memberships with ICSU-WDS.