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This commentary depicts the experiences and thoughts of both a first-time attendee to the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit held May 2019 and of a library/data-related conference. The author describes her decision in choosing the RDAP Summit as the first-ever conference she would attend in her growing librarianship career and how she was initially reluctant in attending, due to her not being a full-time data practitioner. But after attending, she came to the realization that the RDAP Summit is for anyone interested in data, including those who are new to the profession or have been working with data for a number of years. This commentary will also include a common thread in the format of the Summit, highlights of attending, and takeaways that will prove useful to the author professionally and personally.

The substance of this article is based upon the author’s experience at RDAP Summit 2019.


professional development, research data, data practitioner, conferences, data management


The author would like to acknowledge Peter Zhang and Peace Ossom-Williamson for their guidance and support for my attending the RDAP conference. The author reports no conflicts of interest. The author received a scholarship from the RDAP Association that covered conference registration expenses but other expenses were paid out-of-pocket by the author.

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Ateanna Uriri, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, 702 Planetarium Place, Box 19497, Arlington, TX 76019; ateanna.uriri@uta.edu

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