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We are in the process of rolling out a soft launch of the RDA website, which includes a new member platform. Existing RDA members PLEASE REACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT using this link: Visitors may encounter functionality issues with group pages, navigation, missing content, broken links, etc. As you explore the new site, please provide your feedback using the UserSnap tool on the bottom right corner of each page. Thank you for your understanding and support as we work through all issues as quickly as possible. Stay updated about upcoming features and functionalities:

Joining the RDA is simple and easy

Step 1. Choose the membership that fits you
Check out which membership type you are interested in – we’ve outlined them below.

Step 2. Login
You’ll need to have an account and be logged in to continue the application process. If you don’t have an account, create one first.

Step 3. Complete your application
From the list below follow the ‘Select your membership‘ link to begin your application. Once submitted the RDA will review and be in touch with an update on your application within 48 business hours.

Individual Membership

Any individual, regardless of profession or discipline, with an interest in reducing the barriers to data sharing and re-use can join the RDA community. Members must agree to the RDA’s Guiding Principles and individual membership is free of charge.

Select Individual Membership

Organisational Membership

Global organisations provide an organisational perspective of the RDA, influence its direction, and assist in the implementation and adoption of the RDA’s Recommendations. Organisational members pay an annual fee depending on their location, size and type.

Select Organisational Membership

Affiliate Membership

RDA defines collaborative agreements with like-minded organisations that seek to coordinate efforts in mutual areas of interest and to avoid unnecessary duplication or conflict. Affiliate members enjoy the benefits of Organisational Membership. Due to the nature of the mutual agreement, Affiliate members do not pay the fee.

Select Affiliate Membership

Regional Membership

The regional composition of RDA creates an international forum that is hugely beneficial to legitimise and strengthen RDA recommendation and outputs. Regions contribute through participation in core activities (plenaries, Working Groups/Interest Groups, workshops, outputs and recommendations) as well as through tangible contributions (in-kind staff, monetary, hosting plenaries, etc.).

Select Regional Membership

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