Research Data Sharing without barriers is a key important topic and a necessity as an enabler to actively encourage and facilitate progressive and impactful research. The Research Data Alliance provides a neutral space where its members from over 133 countries come together to develop and adopt infrastructure that actively promotes data driven research and sharing, working to integrate interested stakeholders across domains and jurisdictions. The RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 actively debates the challenges, issues and need for education and awareness raising around accessible and reusable data across borders, across different sectors and also different types of organisations (research, public and private).

The Telecommunications Software and Systems Group of Waterford Institute of Technology (TSSG‐WIT), through their expertise in technologies relating to data analysis, machine learning, artificial intelligence and next generation internet, actively keep abreast of current and emerging directives, policies and challenges in this space, in order to effectively feed in their ongoing research strategies and projects.

Technical Lead Frances Cleary from TSSG, Waterford Institute of Technology, attended the RDA EU Innovation Forum 2018 event in Brussels on January 30th, 2018 and actively fed back into TSSG-WIT’s internal special interest groups, supporting knowledge sharing and dissemination for greater impact. In addition, attendance at this prestigious event enabled the active promotion of the ‘ Consultation platform and Knowledge Base

Having an in‐depth view on EU directives (Directive 96/9/EC, Directive EU 2013/37), the digital single market directive and the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), places TSSG-WIT at the forefront providing consultation and guidance on new innovations relating to Data processing, storage and usage challenges and compliance, impacting across multiple sectors such as smart manufacturing, smart agriculture, energy grids, telecoms and automotive. Enhancing current research, TSSG-WIT feeds this valuable knowledge base into active EU H2020 research projects that they lead. For example, ‘ ’ aims to establish and enact an open, dynamic and continuous consultation process with all relevant stakeholder groups on a “citizen‐centric” quest to discover their needs for the next generation internet. Another example is the EU H2020 research project ‘ CareLink ’ committed to delivering a low‐cost, location and proximity monitoring system suitable for Dementia sufferers, and where due to the sensitivity of the subject matter, strict rules on data protection and access need to be applied.