Data Citation WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Larry Lannom and Wenbo Chu
Case Statement: 

Please note that the Data Citation WG has delivered its outputs and is now a Maintenance Group for these outputs.


The RDA Working Group on Data Citation (WG-DC) aims to bring together agroup of experts to discuss the issues, requirements, advantages and shortcomings of existing approaches for efficiently citing subsets of data. The WG-DC focuses on a narrow field where we can contribute significantly and provide prototypes and reference implementations.

the final recommendation sof the WGDC are available at, with a slightly more extensive report being available (currently in draft version) at


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.


If you are interested in dopting these recommendations, or if you have any questions concenring their interpretation, please let us know.

Recent Activity

23 Mar 2017

RDA Barcelona data citation WG programme

Dear all,
Please let me know if you wish to present your case of success (or failure!) of the RDA data citation WG recommendations in our meeting in Barcelona. It is soon approaching..

Dr. Ari ASMI
***@***.*** / Phone: +358 40 770 9729 / Skype: ari_asmi / Twitter: @asmi_ari
Research Coordinator, Department of Physics, University of Helsinki, Finland
Director, ENVRIplus, Environ. Res. Infra. Cluster H2020 Project —

14 Mar 2017

Re: [rda-datacitation-wg][rda-researchdataprov-ig] Data Versioning Breakout Session at the 9th Plenary in Barcelona

On Tue, 14 Mar 2017, Lesley Wyborn wrote:
There was a discussion quite some time ago about the need to track
modification times of individual files and time when data was downloaded.
(for those data archives that don't have fixed releases nor have version
information in their identifiers)
... but I don't know if there's been any improved recommendations since
then. (~2 years ago?)

14 Mar 2017

Data Versioning Breakout Session at the 9th Plenary in Barcelona

Dear all
Data Versioning is a component of Dynamic Data citation. However, there are no specifics for best practices for data versioning, particularly for large volume multi-terabyte and even petabyte scale data sets.ersioning procedures and best practices are well established for scientific software and can be used enable reproducibility of scientific results. Are these suitable for data sets or do we need a separate suite of practices for data versioning? Ultimately versioning will need to be attached to persistent identifiers.

13 Mar 2017

Data Citation WG in Barcelona

Dear members,
As Andy is travelling (*), I need to check up on the P9 (Barcelona) preparations.
We have booked as session on 5th of April at 14:00
As the WG is in maintenance mode, we mostly would collect experiences, issues and experiences related to the WG recommendations. Please let me know if you have a case to present. We can also have presentations from the cases presented in Denver, as many did not get to participate there.
Also other ideas or recommendations are welcome.
Best regards,

09 Mar 2017

Next RDA WGDC Adoption Webinar: Carlo Maria Zwölf / VAMDC: Fri., 31.3.2017, 16:00 CET

Dear all,
I am happy to announce the next webinar in our adoption series:
Carlo Maria Zwölf will present the implementation of the WGDC
Recommendations on Dynamic Data Citation within the distributed
infrastructure of the Virtual and Atomic Molecular Data Center (VAMDC).
Details are available at:

02 Mar 2017

Data Share Fellowship Program Applicant, Lorinette Wirth

Dear Data Citation WG Leadership:
I am a PhD student studying Health Outcomes Research at Saint Louis
University with research interests in utilizing social media data for
predicting patient reported outcomes such as Health-related Quality of Life
(HrQoL). HrQoL, a concept that embodies the patients' perception of their
own health, is a dynamic and robust measure for evaluating disease burden
and the quality of health care overall.
Traditionally, these measure are provided via surveys and are expensive to

13 Feb 2017

Re:RDA WGDC: Webinar by James Duncan starting now

Dear all,
The Webinar is starting now - it needed to be initiated by somebody from
We are recording the webinar and will provide the recording afterwards.
Sorry for the issues in gettting this Webinar started - looks like my
coordinator token on it's own was not sufficient - the RDA token seems
to have been missing...
best regards, Andi