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Research Data Alliance facilitation of Targeted International working Groups for EOSC-related Research solutions (RDA TIGER)

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New! Open Call for RDA Support Services
RDA TIGER Services for Supported RDA WGs
RDA TIGER support through the WG lifecycle
RDA TIGER Pilot Groups
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RDA TIGER supporting EOSC
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RDA TIGER is a new project tasked with providing support services for the Working Groups (WGs) within the Research Data Alliance

New! Open Call for RDA Support Services

This open call is seeking applications from existing or potential Research Data Alliance (RDA) Working Groups (WGs) that wish to receive RDA TIGER support for their WG activities. The call will be  continuously open and has four selection rounds per year. Each round has a deadline by which the applications have to be submitted in order to be reviewed. 

The continuously open call for WG support has been expanded to include additional support mechanisms. Please read below for information about new opportunities!

The deadline for applications for this selection round is Thursday 30 November 2023, 16:00 CEST. 

All RDA WGs or potential RDA WGs that apply to receive support should meet the eligibility criteria set out below and will be evaluated by a selection committee. This includes existing WGs that have established processes and membership, as well as new WGs requiring support to kickstart their activity. The RDA WGs supported have to run according to the RDA WG processes, procedures and policies.

RDA TIGER Services for supported RDA WGs

The RDA TIGER project team offer Facilitation, Communications Output Support and Landscape and Engagement Services. Find out more about the Services and read the service descriptions.


RDA TIGER support through the WG lifecycle

The project will provide services according to the stage of each WG throughout its lifecycle of eighteen months, from inception to completion: 

  1. Upcoming Working Groups

The project can provide support in FACILITATING the forming the WG by finding WG members in coordination with the new active global engagement and LANDSCAPING analysis service, by helping to COMMUNICATE WG ideas widely and via offering practical help with case statement preparation and output definition. 


                      RDA TIGER Services per Work Package and Working Group stage


  1. Ongoing Working Groups

For ongoing WGs, the project will provide facilitation and ORGANISATION services, leading to reduced workload on the WG members and chairs, who can then in turn concentrate on providing their expertise. Other services include communication, writing and editing, and output development services, as well as providing THIRD PARTY GRANTS grants for output testing, development, travel and even external consultancy services. 

  1. Ending/Finished Working Groups 

For ending and finished WGs, the RDA TIGER will provide help on last-mile development and writing, output finalisation and adoption, guidance on potential standardisation pathways and help with the (upcoming) RDA Maintenance Facility maintained by DANS. 


RDA TIGER Pilot Groups

Community-based catalogue of requirements for trustworthy technical repository service providers

Intended output: Communication with several stakeholders have presented the CoreTrustSeal13 Board with a challenge. One important group of stakeholders are the providers of products and services which either directly provide technical systems for repositories or otherwise provide partnership and support. These actors have always been a critical part of the data ecosystem. The existing CoreTrustSeal Requirements and evidence expectations may be elaborated and/or extended to allow the assessment process to differentiate more clearly between 1) a specialist (i.e. domain/subjectbased) repository serving a defined designated community with a clear knowledge base 2) a technical repository service provider which could support bit-level preservation for either of the above across the data lifecycle (for example, deposit, secure storage, access). The proposed Working Group will produce a community-based catalogue of requirements for trustworthy technical repository service providers. Such a catalogue would provide the basis for a certification procedure for technical repository service providers within the EOSC and beyond.

Multilingual Vocabularies Alignment WG

Intended output: The WG intends to propose a methodology for the alignment of controlled vocabularies in many languages. The methodology will describe the various steps of the alignment process: selection of the controlled vocabularies, alignment through automated processes, manual curation and validation. The WG output will benefit the services providing searching tools (libraries, research infrastructures) and the researchers willing to describe their data in many languages. It is expected that the methodology will significantly increase the connections of controlled vocabularies in many languages. This will be measurable by the increased number of resources available in a single search engine, as they will allow searching resources in more languages. The impact will also be measurable by the number of resources described with a common controlled vocabulary. Depending on the technical capabilities of the services where the method will be implemented, it should be possible to properly compare the usage metrics of resources that use multilingual descriptors and those that do not.

Small Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Data WG (SUAS Data WG)

Intended output: Specifications for drone services and resulting data for research, and a demonstrator to show how these guidelines support the design and implementation of cloud-based infrastructures for SUAS data. The primary target audience are researchers working with data collected by SUAS platforms. The open nature of the guidelines will support interoperability which in turn is expected to lower entry barriers for SMEs as service providers for SUAS-based missions.

FAIRtracks WG: extending and adopting the FAIRtracks metadata exchange standard to enable discovery and use of genomic datasets from disparate sources directly in downstream tools and frameworks

Intended output: Provide end users (e.g. researchers, data analysts, AI processes) with unified discovery of datasets from new data repositories as well as access to the FAIRtracks ecosystem through new access points and software tools. Facilitate the adoption of FAIRtracks as a metadata exchange standard by a selection of data providers, integrated with their existing metadata standards and data repositories and bridging to specialized data portals and analysis tools

The Global Open Research Commons (GORC) International Model WG (Ongoing WG)

Intended output: The GORC WG is working to develop a roadmap for global alignment to help set priorities for Commons development and integration. In support of this roadmap, this International Model WG will collect and curate a set of attributes that will allow Commons developers to compare features across science clouds and commons. When relevant, the WG will also collect information about how existing commons are measuring success, adoption or use of their attributes and services within their organization, such as number or amount of data downloads, contributed software, and similar key performance indicators (KPI) and access statistics.

National PID Strategies WG (Ongoing WG)

Intended output: The National PID Strategies WG explores how PIDs form part of national policy implementation frameworks. There are systemic and network benefits from widespread and consistent PID adoption, and funders, government agencies, and national research communities have created PID consortia or policies (including mandates) in pursuit of these benefits.


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The RDA TIGER will support WGs based on application and transparent selection process. The basic support includes the facilitation, communication, output support and landscape analysis services, additional direct support (e.g. travel grants, 3rd party grants) are provided by separate application process. Details of these processes and application information will be provided on this page in the 2nd quarter of 2023

The RDA TIGER team has been hard at work since the kick-off meeting preparing and defining the services offered to the WGs.

The first year of the project will focus on onboarding and piloting a number of pre-approved WGs. Following that, the RDA Community will be able to leverage RDA TIGER resources and services directly. The support services on offer will be provided following successful application. 

In the meantime, if you are interested in finding out more about the upcoming services, please contact the RDA TIGER team:


RDA TIGER supporting EOSC 


RDA TIGER supports Working Groups that concretely align, harmonise and standardise Open Science developments and technologies globally. The project is coordinated by the RDA-Association, with the Committee on Data of the International Science Council (CODATA), Netherlands eScienceCenter, and the Data Archiving and Networking Services (DANS) joining as partners. The services it provides will facilitate and support coherent and consistent working group definitions and increases the impact of the key European initiatives on the global level

The project will directly contribute to the European Open Science Cloud Partnership by supporting (via the Working Groups) the international engagement and alignment of policies, technologies, methodologies, practices and other outputs of EOSC-related and other European Open Science developments.