Data Citation WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
Case Statement: 
WGs Maintaining deliverables (maintenance group)

Please note that the Data Citation WG has delivered its outputs and is now primarily focusing on supporting adoption by maintaining these outputs, assisting institutions in implementing the recommendations and sharing the lessons learned.


The RDA Working Group on Data Citation (WG-DC)  brings together experts addressing the issues, requirements, advantages and shortcomings of existing approaches for efficiently identifying and citing arbitrary subsets of (potentially highly dynamic) data. It's recommendations are based upon on (1) timestamping and versioning changes to evolving data and (2) identifying arbitrary subsets by assigning PIDs to the queries selecting the according subsets and are applicable across all types of data, such as e.g. collections of files, relational databases, multidimensional data cubes or regions in images..

The final recommendations of the WGDC are available at (2-page flyer), with a slightly more extensive report being available at (Bulletin of the IEEE Technical Committee on Digital Libraries, 12:1, 2016).


The WGDC has now moved on into an adoption phase, supporting numerous data centers in implementing these recommendations and collecting feedback and lessons learned on the way. Please follow the discussion forum and wiki for updates on the status of these pilots. We are running a series of webinars where adopters present their implementations of the recommendations and their experiences in setting up the according services. Details on these webinars, recordings, slides and supporting materials are available from the WGDC Webinar page at

If you are interested in adopting these recommendations, would like to present you rimplementation of the recommendations, or if you have any questions concenring their interpretation, please let us know.

Recent Activity

21 Dec 2019

RDA P15 Melbourne - Session Acceptance

Dear Data Citation Working Group,
At its meeting on December 19, the RDA Technical Advisory Board considered your proposal for a session at Plenary 15 in 2020.
We are happy to advise you that your session proposal has been accepted. Congratulations!
TAB has some suggestions below for how you could improve your session.
Please update the session description accordingly to provide the best information for potential attendees.
Suggested improvements:
- Agenda is very thin and needs timings

06 Dec 2019

RDA Plenary 15 Announcements - Registration and Calls for Co-located Events and Posters Now Open

RDA is excited to announce several important pieces of information related to RDA Plenary 15: Data for Real-World Impact, which will be held from 18-20 March 2020 in Melbourne, Australia at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, MCEC (

28 Nov 2019

Deadline For P15 Group Session Submissions Extended To 5 December 2019

Dear RDA members, 


RDA's 15th Plenary meeting, Melbourne, Australia, 18-20 March 2020 


The deadline to submit session proposals for Plenary 15 in Melbourne, Australia has been extended to 5 December 2019, midnight UTC.

21 Nov 2019

Recording of RDA WGDC Webinar on adoption by the Earth Observation Data Center (EODC) now available

Dear all,
The recording of yesterday's webinar on the *Implementation of the RDA
Data Citation Recommendations by the Earth Observation Data Center
(EODC) for the openEO platform*, is now available on-line from the WGDC
Webinar page at
The webinar, presented by Bernhard Gößwein, describes the implementation

19 Nov 2019

Reminder: RDA WGDC Registration open for webinar on adoption by the Earth Observation Data Center (EODC)

Dear all,
Just a quick reminder:
Registration is now open for the next webinar given by the team who implemented the data citation recommendations in the Earth Observation Data Center (EODC), a repository providing access to Sentinel 1-3 satellite images from ESA, based on PostgreSQL and PostGIS data base for the metadata query processing and a file server hosting the actual images.
The webinar will be held on Wed., 20. 11. 2019, 17:00 CET