Research Data Alliance: Research Data Sharing without barriers

The Research Data Alliance facilitates in the implementation of technologies, practice, and connections that make data work interoperable across barriers. The Research Data Alliance aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. The work of the Research Data Alliance is primarily undertaken through its working groups. Participation in working groups and interest groups, starting new working groups, and attendance at the twice-yearly plenary meetings is open to all. Introduction Data sharing and integration, across cultures, scales, and technologies of diverse and sometimes very large data is required to tackle society’s grand challenges. The research data alliance (RDA) drives and implements the social and technical bridges that make this data sharing possible. The chosen approach is bottom-up and interdisciplinary. The RDA had its international launch in Gothenburg in March 2013 and its second meeting in Washington, D.C., September 16th to 18th, 2013. The third plenary will take place in Dublin, March 26th to 28th, 2014. These plenaries provide opportunities for individuals as well as for member organizations to collaborate globally and promote international data interoperability. Guiding Principles of RDA The goal of the Research Data Alliance is to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange. This is achieved through the development, adoption, and deployment of infrastructure, policy, practice, standards, and other deliverables. The emphasis of RDA is the adoption and deployment, rather than development new infrastructure that may be beyond the normal timeframe of RDA activity. The RDA Vision is: Researchers and innovators openly share data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society. The RDA Mission is: RDA Builds the social and technical bridges that enable open sharing of data. To effectively facilitate the achievement of this goal, members of the RDA adopt the following Guiding Principles that underlie the conduct and evolution of the organization. 1. Openness 2. Consensus 3. Balance 4. Harmonization 5. Community-driven 6. Non-profit Individual Participation Participation in the RDA as an individual member is open to anyone that agrees to the principles. RDA members come together in working groups and interest groups where they tackle problems in order to enhance and facilitate global data sharing. RDA has a broad, committed membership of individuals and organizations dedicated to improving data exchange. Individual members may participate through: • The RDA website which contains the working and interest group areas as well as the mailing lists. • Interest groups, which a clusters of members around a particular topic. Interest groups may result in working groups. • Working groups, which carry out the work. Working groups focus on a very specific task, which is described in their case statement. • The plenary meeting, which convenes twice a year What data sharing problem are you trying to solve? Get involved by becoming an RDA Member and signing up to the Working / Interest Group(s). Organizational Participation Participation in the RDA is also open to organizations. Organizational members are critical to the success of RDA. RDA’s organizational members will be regularly briefed on developments in data interoperability and will have equally regular opportunity to provide feedback on activity and suggestions on next steps. Organizations that join RDA recognize their future health and growth is dependent on realizing value from research data. Unlocking value from research data is the key competitive advantage in the 21st century. RDA and its members are at the heart of building a new economic model. Full Steam Ahead RDA creates the context for interdisciplinary collaboration. Everyone will benefit from a global mechanism for research data exchange. One group, one discipline, or one country cannot create such a mechanism. RDA provides a framework through which the work of many is levered in the service of a common vision for the free and effective movement of research data. People and organizations that engage through RDA will build the global exchange systems for research data component by component. RDA’s methodology is to realize the vision through working groups that address components in 12 to 18-month projects that allow for regular statements of “Well that’s done! What’s next? Let’s get on with it.”



  • Herman Stehouwer
  • Leif Laaksonen
  • Peter Wittenburg

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