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06 November 2019 11756 reads


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) Foundation is a non-profit charitable organisation registered as a legal entity in the UK and is the official and legal representative of the RDA community as a whole. The RDA Foundation's legal headquarters are at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Oxford, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX, United Kingdom. RDA Foundation is a charitable company limited by guarantee. The company was incorporated under a Memorandum of Association on 1 May 2014 and is a registered charity, charity number 1162762. It received charitable status on 21 July 2015.

a. Method of appointment or election of Trustees
The Foundation is governed in accordance with its Articles of Association as a Company limited by guarantee and not having share capital (Company number 9021881). The Foundation is governed by its trustees who are also directors of the company and act as the Council for RDA.

The RDA Council currently consists of nine members who serve rotating three-year terms, so that three members are appointed each year. Each year, a Nomination Committee appointed by Council determines a slate of three candidates. This slate is presented to the RDA Membership and the recommendation of the Nomination Committee is either accepted, or rejected by simple majority. The RDA Governance Document and RDA Organisational and Process Plan lay out the processes for determining the Nominations Committee and Council election and appointment. 

The RDA Foundation provides the core business operations of RDA and represents RDA globally. The RDA Secretary General works directly for the RDA Foundation and is the company CEO. The Secretary General’s responsibilities include leadership of RDA’s membership, effective management of the RDA organisation, engagement with RDA stakeholders and organisations, and sustainable stewardship of a dynamic, active, and high-impact community. The Secretary General reports to the RDA Council and works closely with all members of the RDA community. The Secretary General is also responsible for the organisational structure and management of the RDA Foundation, working closely with the RDA Council Finance Subcommittee to ensure financial stability.



In April 2020, the RDA Association AISBL (RDA AISBL) was established in Belgium (Enterprise No. 0745917132) with its legal headquarters in Boulevard Louis Schmidt 24, 1040 Etterbeek, Belgium. The RDA AISBL is a non profit organisation whose mission is to support the Research Data Alliance community in Europe. The RDA Foundation Secretary General, Hilary Hanahoe, is ad-interim CEO and the European Council Members, Sandra Collins, Ingrid Dillo and Edit Herczog are Trustees together with Hilary Hanahoe.