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Data management: Research Data Alliance


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What is the Research Data Alliance (RDA)?

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a grassroots initiative supported financially by the EU, US and Australia with the aim of building the social and technical bridges for sharing and reusing research data - specifically in the form of working groups where researchers and professionals develop, for example, technical standards, guides and domain specific best practices in research data management (RDA outputs).

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven initiative in 2013 by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data.

The RDA community includes researchers, scientists, IT specialists, data professionals, and other experts. All data lifecycle stages are covered - topics include i.a. data publication, data citation, data management planning, data processing, data interoperability. 

How can the RDA contribute to my research?

RDA recommendations (formally endorsed) enable data sharing, exchange and interoperability - they include i.a. specifications, taxonomies, ontologies, workflows, data models. RDA recommendations and outputs contribute to tackle real-world challenges.

To get an understanding of how recommendations are applied by different disciplines such as climate research and agricultural sciences, read more here.

Why should I get involved with the RDA?

  • You connect with colleagues, who also believe that digital data is fundamental to scientific and societal advancement and are committed to the development of data sharing practices and infrastructure.
  • You get access to 8,800+ international experts across all research domains tackling today’s challenges in data-driven research.
  • RDA's Working and Interest Groups work to help overcome technical, national and organisational boundaries.
  • You are at the forefront when standards, best practices and guidelines for your research domain are developed - and you get to influence how!

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