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RDA is an international volunteer member-based organisation and as such encourages the initiative and support of its members across the globe to animate their community on a national level. RDA Europe national node are part of the RDA Europe support programme whose aim is to interact with researchers and innovators in the local language, offering them a platform for exchange of information pertinent to the RDA and their activities and in strict compliance with RDA's guiding principles of Openness, Transparency, Consensus-based, Community driven, Harmonisation and Non-profit. The national pages should not be interpreted as an official representation of the Research Data Alliance in any country or any organisation unless this is specifically stated...

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This is the web page for the Irish National RDA Node. We are delighted that the National Library of Ireland is the Irish National RDA Node, which means that the National Library of Ireland is responsible for the support and promotion of RDA activities in Ireland. Please visit to learn more about the National Library of Ireland.

We work very closely with the Digital Repository of Ireland ( ) who are a partner in the current RDA EU grant, and a leader in the area of Research Data Management particularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We co-organised the third RDA Plenary meeting in Dublin in 2014, and continue to promote RDA in Ireland and also abroad. This working area connects researchers working with research data in Ireland, and enables them to interconnect with broader RDA activities through e.g. RDA Working and Interest Groups. We are happy to engage with researchers, research communities and private sector actors, regarding getting involved in RDA, and testing and adopting RDA outputs and recommendations. We have a particular focus on library, archives and digital humanities activities.

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RDA Ireland Resources 


The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI) collaborated on the production of a suite of short educational videos on topics relating to digital cultural heritage, the research data lifecycle, Open Science, and the FAIR data principles of findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability.

The full suite of videos is available in the RDA Educational Videos Showcase on the DRI Vimeo channel



RDA Ireland Meet The Experts series 

The Meet the Experts series has invited national and international speakers to present topics related to research data management and stewardship, Open Science and data sharing, Research policy and advancements coming particularly from the Social Sciences and Humanities.  


RDA Ireland Spotlight Interviews 

Implementing good research data management practices and Open Science guidelines requires effort at grass-roots, engaging researchers and research performing organisations but also at national level, policy makers working with funders and key organisations informing these policies. 

To better understand the context and developments in Ireland, we have reached out to a series of organisations that have established themselves as drivers for the research data management, Open Science and Open Access movements. They have talked to us about the work at their own organisational levels, the challenges faced and how practical implementations were made possible. They shared lessons learned and have also helped us to gain a wider perspective on how the Irish contributions fit in the bigger picture at European and international levels. 


Full RDA Ireland Spotlight interviews


RDA Ireland  Publications



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