National Data Services


Group details

Kevin Ashley, Adrian Burton
Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo

Given the increased value of research data as a national research asset, many countries are

establishing national services to provide services, coordination and support for research data storage, processing, management, analysis, publication, reuse, sharing etc.


The peers for such national data services are other national data services, and this interest group is intended as a peer support forum to exchange ideas and share experiences.


What services do national data services offer?


How can national data services organise themselves?

Who benefits?


By allowing national data services to learn from the experience of each other, the desired outcome is to increase efficiency for the individual operators of national data services and to promote a more coherent and joined-up community of practicioners.


The interest group aims to identify shared concerns and jointly address them through a variety of independent projects, collaborations, or working groups.



Supporting Document:


Meeting Notes from the meeting at P5, San Diego, Monday 9 March 2015, 13:00-14:00: (Please feel free to add to the notes if you were at the meeting).

Recent Activity

24 Apr 2017

access to the RDA NDS Country Reports Summary document

As per our discussion at the RDA NDS IG discussion, the link for the Summary of Country Reports document is here:
The document setting allows anyone with the link to Comment. If you would like to have Edit access to add/update your country details, let me know and I will add you.
This is based on the original template document here:

31 Mar 2017

Invitation: National Data Services Break-out Session at Barcelona Ple... @ Wed 5 Apr 2017 10pm - 11:30pm (AEST) (

You have been invited to the following event.
Title: National Data Services Break-out Session at Barcelona Plenary
RDA P9 National Data Services IG
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 14:00-15:30 CEST
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 22:00-23:30 AEST
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 12:00 - 13:30 UTC
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3117

28 Mar 2017

Remote participation in Breakout session at P9

Dear all,
The RDA National Data Services IG will have a breakout session at RDA
Plenary 9 in Barcelona
on Wednesday, 5 April, from 14:00 - 15:30 CEST.
If you would like to join the session remotely, please let me know, and I
should be able to organise a GoToMeeting for the session.
Best wishes,
Dr Stefanie Kethers
Senior Business Analyst
Australian National Data Service
P: +61(0)3 990 20546, M: +61(0)405 844 197
E: ***@***.***

27 Mar 2017

Fwd: [national-data-services] Updated Invitation: NDS IG pre-plenary prep meeting - update @ Mon 27 Mar 2017 8pm - 8:50pm (AEDT) (

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Date: 27 March 2017 at 10:01
Subject: Re: [national-data-services] Updated Invitation: NDS IG
pre-plenary prep meeting - update @ Mon 27 Mar 2017 8pm - 8:50pm (AEDT) (
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Hi Adrian,
I think it would be good to confirm the time for non-Australian

23 Mar 2017

Research Data Alliance DDPIG Interim Outputs for review and comment

Dear RDA Interest Group members,

We wish to share with you the draft outputs created by three of
the Task Force teams of the RDA Data Discovery Paradigms Interest
Group. We think one or more of these outputs are relevant to the
work your IG is doing. Your thoughts and feedback on the three
interim documents will be greatly appreciated:

21 Mar 2017

Updated Invitation: NDS IG pre-plenary prep meeting - update @ Mon 27 Mar 2017 8pm - 8:50pm (AEDT) (

This event has been changed.
Title: NDS IG pre-plenary prep meeting - update (changed)
Short prepatory meeting to confirm runsheet for Barcelona Meeting:
Doc will be compiled on the IG shared Drive:
Contributions welcome.
(I am sending this again - some problems with my calendar and the group
Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

21 Mar 2017

Lightning talks in Barcelona and pre-plenary planning meeting

As we prepare for the Barcelona information sharing meeting, could you let
me know by this Friday if you would like to give a lightning talk (3 slides
- 5 mins) as a status update of things happening in your country. You can
report on "plans/aspirations to do stuff". And we can have reports from
several organisations from the same country. since we are in Europe it
might be nice to have updates from some of the countries around there (but
other distant locations [eg Australia!] are also welcome).

16 Sep 2016

Refining the agenda for Saturday's meeting of the NDS interest group

You will all have seen earlier requests from my co-chairs, Kathleen and
Adrian, to complete country profiles and/or say if you wish to present
at our interest group session (0900 Saturday morning, in case you had
You may also know that, in their absence, it will be just me chairing
the meeting. I want to firm up the agenda now and decide how long each
speaker will have. We only have 20 minutes allocated for what are described
as 'lightning talks', which traditionally are 3 minutes with at most one slide.

26 Jul 2016

Notes from meeting today

Hi all,
See notes for the meeting today:
We have decided to go ahead with a project to create a set of "national
reports" giving an overview of the situation for national data services in
different countries.
Small group to refine structure of the reports:
Timeline: 9th August