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

17 Sep 2019

AW: [rda-datacitation-wg] RDA WGDC Adoption Meeting at P14 in Helsinki - call for presentations!

Hi together,
I will unfortunately not be able to attend the upcoming P14 in Helsenki but T. Dohna has kindly agreed to present a few slides on our Use Case at Alfred Wegener Institute along with a few questions to you.
Wish you all a succesful meeting!
Best, Ana.
Dr. Ana Macario
Head of Data Science Support Group
Computing and Data Centre
Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholz Centre for Polar and Marine

15 Sep 2019

RDA WGDC Adoption Meeting at P14 in Helsinki - call for presentations!

Dear all,
We are looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during our
upcoming break-out meeting at Plenary 14 in Helsinki.
It is scheduled for
Wed, October 23, 16:30, during Break-Out Session 3
In order to put together the ** program ** for this meeting, please let
us know if you would like to
- make a short presentation on any planned / on-going / finished

25 Jun 2019

Plenary 14 Session Submission deadline is Thursday!

Dear members of the Data Citation WG,

With RDA Plenary 14 scheduled to occur from October 23-25, the deadline for session submission is this Thursday, 27 June at 16:00 UTC. Submissions for meeting sessions are open to working groups, interest groups, joint groups and birds of feather (BoF) meetings.


Please note, however, submissions are accepted from group chairs only. If you submit a session request for a group, please notify the other chairs of that group.

18 Apr 2019

New WGDC Chair Composition

Dear all,
Following our WG session at the Plenary in Philadelphia we had some
discussion concerning the co-chairing of this WG. Ari indicated that he
was stretched over too many activities recently so that he wanted to
resign from the role as Co-Chair of this WG. I was sorry to hear that -
but I can definitely understand the motivation for this decision. Ari:
sorry to see you go in your role as Co-chair, but I hope you will still
be able to join and contribute to our activities in the future via

03 Apr 2019

Slides of WGDC break-out session presenations available on-line

Dear all,
Thank you very much for the active participation and discussion during
today's break-out session. The extended slide deck presented during the
break-out session at Plenary 13 (including the slides presented plus a
few additional slides with more detailed back-ground information) has
been uploaded to our file repository. You can access the slides at
Specifically, it contains slides on