Engaging with the Research Data Alliance
The Value of the Research Data Alliance to Funding Agencies
WHY SHOULD FUNDING AGENCIES ENGAGE WITH RDA?
Agencies fund research to deliver benefit to their stakeholders – and this benefit is enhanced if the research is of high quality, and the results of that research translate to benefit to the stakeholders. In many studies, it has been shown that if the research data associated with the research is of high quality and in a form that can be used for new purposes, the value of research is increased.
ENGAGEMENT WITH RDA ENABLES AN AGENCY TO DELIVER TO ITS STAKEHOLDERS MORE VALUE FROM ITS INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH.
The value of RDA to funders has a very high multiplier effect: through contributing to the business of RDA, the work of RDA can in turn contribute to the quality and translation value of nearly every grant holder and research infrastructure provider; and by directly engaging, funders are much more strongly engaged and connected internationally in a way that enhances the local value.
RDA ENABLES FUNDERS TO ENABLE RESEARCH COMPETITIVENESS AND VISIBILITY IN THE CONTEXT OF DATA SHARING.
Interested parties are encouraged to get involved in the Funders Forum, open to all (https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/governance/rda-funders-forum)
The distinction between the two major components of the Alliance is important to explain as a preamble to the engagement possibilities.
• The Work of RDA is done by the volunteer community through self-formed, focused Working Groups and exploratory Interest Groups to build the social and technical connections or bridges.
• The Business of RDA is to support that community and facilitate the building and using of the bridges that enable open sharing of data.
THERE ARE THUS A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS FOR A FUNDING AGENCY TO ENGAGE WITH THE RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE.
The Research Data Alliance’s vision is Researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven organization whose mission is to develop the social and technical data infrastructure needed to drive innovation surrounding data sharing and data interoperability. Established in 2013, RDA supports more than 8,400 international members representing 137 countries, has generated 32 concrete outputs (eight of which are recognized as European ICT technical specifications) with over 95 documented adoption cases (May 2019).
The Research Data Alliance enables data to be shared across barriers through outputs developed by focused Working Groups and Interest Groups, formed of volunteer experts from around the world and drawn from academia, private sector and government. Participation in RDA is open to anyone who agrees to its guiding principles of openness, consensus, balance, harmonisation, with a community driven and non-profit approach.
RDA has a grass-roots, inclusive approach covering all data lifecycle stages, engaging data producers, users and stewards, addressing data exchange, processing, and storage. It has succeeded in creating the neutral social platform where international research data experts meet to exchange views and to agree on topics including social hurdles on data sharing, education and training challenges, data management plans and certification of data repositories, disciplinary and interdisciplinary interoperability, as well as technological aspects
For the full RDA Value statement for Funders click here
For the list of current funders click here