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Lightning talk

Putting the Life Science RDM support landscape in context with RDMkit.

Organised by RDMkit Community

Sept 22, 11.30 CEST

Policy makers and funders, researchers, research Infrastructures and research communities, repository managers, publishers and content providers, libraries, research administrators, service providers and innovators, EOSC

Interdisciplinary collaborations: Networks, services, methods
Sustaining Open infrastructures, services and tools for research communities
European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and FAIR data

RDM best practice, open community development, life-science data

In this lightning talk we will cover the following on RDMkit.

  • How RDMkit organises its best practice guidance. Components of RDMkit and entry points.
  • The RDMkit approach to achieve FAIR data.
  • The RDMkit community and editorial process.
  • How RDMkit is integrated into other platforms channeling RDM expertise.

Proper management of research data is increasing its presence in the lifecycle of data-driven investigations. On the one hand, funders or host institutions demand research data management (RDM) by requiring researchers to build and implement data management plans for projects. On the other hand, research infrastructures provide a plethora of RDM support in the form of tools, policies, standards and guidelines. Researchers often find themselves lost in the middle, overwhelmed in their task to take advantage of the available support and to meet the funder demands for RDM.

ELIXIR is a distributed European infrastructure for life-science data. ELIXIR's 23 national nodes have observed recurring RDM challenges for life-science data and the major pitfalls that researchers find themselves in. To address these RDM experts in ELIXIR have combined forces to build RDMkit (, launched in March 2021. For researchers, RDMkit is a one stop shop of information, advice and signposting to research data management know-how, tools, examples and best practice, written by life scientists for life scientists. For data managers, RDMkit is a resource to complement institutional guidelines. For funding agencies and policy makers, RDMkit is a resource that can be included in guidelines. RDMkit is recommended in the European Commission's Horizon Europe Program Guide as the "resource for Data Management guidelines and good practices for the Life Sciences." The RDMkit is an open community with editorially guided content from over 95 contributors.

In this lightning talk we will present how RDMkit organises its guidance, the distinctive aspects that it takes in making life-science data Findable Access Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) and how RDMkit is integrated into other tools and platforms channeling RDM expertise in registries such as FAIRsharing, and the TeSS Training portal, and working with ELIXIR's Data Stewardship Wizard decision support tool.


Pinar Alper, Data Steward @ ELIXIR Luxembourg
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Carole Goble, ELIXIR-UK, University of Manchester
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