Research Data Alliance (RDA)

The Research Data Alliance is a global organisation that builds the social and technical bridges which enable open sharing of data across technologies, disciplines and borders.

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international initiative that was launched in 2013 by the European Commission, the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation. Designed from the beginning as a research community-driven organisation, RDA has a core mission of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing of data to address the grand challenges of society, and today features over 13,000 members from almost 150 countries.

RDA’s mission is brought to life by around 30 Working Groups (WGs), 60 Interest Groups (IGs) and various Communities of Practice (COPs). Working Groups have a lifespan of 12-18 months and are the main vehicle for producing RDA Outputs, which are the technical and social infrastructure solutions that enable data sharing, exchange, and interoperability. Interest Groups operate without a time limit, and are committed to directly or indirectly enabling data sharing, exchange, or interoperability. Announced in late 2020, Communities of Practice investigate, discuss and provide knowledge and skills within a specific discipline and/or research domain.

Beyond these initiatives, RDA organises two major plenary conferences a year that are often co-located within other international data sharing initiatives, and have been hosted physically or virtually on every continent.  

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