The Research Data Alliance (RDA) brings together a diverse community of data scientists, librarians, computer scientists, and domain scientists coming from both the public and private sector with one common goal – to remove the barriers to data sharing and reuse. It is a global member based alliance with close to 4,700 members coming from 115 countries.
RDA members work together in self formed focused Working groups and exploratory Interest Groups, looking at a range of technical and social challenges to data sharing. Examples of the many concrete outputs from RDA groups include Legal Interoperability guidelines related to the intellectual property of data, 23 things: Libraries for Research data with practical guidance on how to incorporate research data management into the practice of librarianship.
Any RDA member may initiate or join a Working, Interest or Birds of a Feather group . To become a member of the RDA, individuals can register, free of charge, with the RDA online community and confirm their support for the RDA Guiding Principles. It is open to anyone interested in contributing to the advancement of data-sharing and data-driven research.
RDA organizes Plenary meetings working events, built around the breakout sessions of the RDA Working, Interest and Birds of a Feather Groups every six months. The 9th RDA Plenary Meeting will take place in Barcelona, 5 to 7 April 2017. Co-organized by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC-CNS) with the support of RDA Europe, the 9th RDA Plenary revolves around the theme of “Data Infrastructures for Open Science”. The Call for Session applications closes on the 10th of January 2017, 17:00 UTC.