RDA Organisational Assembly


Group details

TAB Liaison: 
Francoise Genova, Paul Uhlir

RDA Organisational Assembly (includes OAB meetings)

Full photo from Philadelphia | photo from Philadelphia | photo from Gaborone* | photo from Berlin | photo from Montreal | photo from Barcelona | photo from Denver | photo from Tokyo OA | photo from Paris OA | photo from San Diego OA |  photo from Amsterdam OA

* The Gaborone picture is a joint picture with members from TAB and Secretariat. 


The list of current Organisational Members and Affiliates can be found here.


This is the working space for the OA and includes all OAB meetings (before and after the election of the OAB).

There is a separate private working space for the elected OAB

If your organisation is interested to join RDA as an Organisational Member you can join on-line via the forms below (after logging in with your RDA individual account). In case you don't have an RDA account, please first register here. You can get more information from the RDA secretariat liaison Fotis Karayannis and the OAB co-Chairs (Amy Nurnberger and Kevin Ashley) via e-mail at enquiries \at/ rd-alliance.org .


The role of OA in Expert Commentary and Adoptability: Process and Tools


JOIN AS ORGANISATIONAL MEMBER NOW - FILL IN ONE OF THE ON-LINE FORMS BELOW [either Organisational Membership Application form (default) or the Subscription one (for Libaries or other organisations for which is easier to pay subscriptions). Note that the new on-line forms include both the previous application form and the membership agreement in a single step].

On-line Membership Application form (NEW)

On-line Subscription Application form (NEW)



The next Organisational Assembly meeting will take place on Tuesday 22 October at 17:00-19:00 in Helsinki local time (EEST) or 14:00-16:00 UTC. Draft agenda

The last OA(B) meeting took place on Wednesday 4 September at 21:00 UTC. Draft minutes.

The one to last OA(B) meeting took place on 16 July 2019 at 13:00 UTC. Minutes 

The second to last OA(B) meeting took place on Tuesday 28 May 2019, at 12:00 (noon) UTC. Minutes.

The last f2f Organisational Assembly meeting took place in Philadelphia, USA, on Monday the 1st of April 2019, at 16:30 local time (21:30 UTC) and for two hours. Minutes.

THE MAIN RELEVANT DOCUMENTS (document matrix) can be found in the matrix below. More information available here.

Document Owner Operational owner Relevant to OAB Status
RDA Governance Document [link] RDA Council Secretary General Yes and influences OAB work Approved by Council in June 2015; revised in July 2018
RDA Foundation Articles of Association [link] RDA Council Secretary General Yes and influences OAB work Published in 2014

RDA Organisational and Affiliate Membership process document [link]

OAB and Secretariat Secretariat, Secretary General Yes and influences OAB work Published March 2014 and revised in December 2018

RDA Organisational  Membership application [landing page][on-line form]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes Published in June 2014, converted to on-line form in 2015  and updated in December 2018

RDA Organisational Member subscription application [landing page] [old document link]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes Published in June 2014, converted to on-line form in 2015  and updated in December 2018
RDA Organisational Member Agreement [link] Secretary General prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes Published in March 2014 and updated in December 2018
RDA Organisational Subscription Agreement [link] Secretary General prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes Published in August 2014 and updated in December 2018

RDA Affiliate Member criteria [bottom of page- special cases only]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes January 2014 (on a case by case basis)



50. VC meeting, 28 May 2019 at 12:00 UTC

49. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, Philadelphia, USA, 1 April 2019 at 16:30 local time

48. VC meeting, 7 March 2019 at 15:00 UTC

47. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, Gaborone, Botswana, 6 November 2018 at 13:45 local time

46. VC meeting, 25 September 2018 at 12:30 UTC

45.  VC meeting, 5 June 2018 at 21:30 UTC

44.  Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, Berlin, Germany, 23 March 2018 at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC)

43.  VC meeting, 6 Februray 2018 at 07:00 UTC

42.  VC meeting, 16 January 2018 at 12:00 UTC

41.  VC meeting, 5 December 2017 at 22:00 UTC

40.  VC meeting, 7 November 2017 at 13:00 UTC

39. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 21 September 2017, Montreal, Canada, at 14:00 local time

38. VC meeting, 27 June 2017 at 21:00 UTC

37. VC meeting, 11 May 2017 at 13:00 UTC

36. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 4 April 2017, Barcelona, Spain, at 14:00 local time

35. VC meeting, 23 February 2017 at 21:00 UTC

34. VC meeting, 12 January 2017 at 14:00 UTC.

33. VC meeting, 1 December 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

32. VC meeting, 31 October 2016 at 13:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

31. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 15 September 2016, Denver, Colorado.

  • Agenda and draft minutes: Open (14:00) and Closed (16:00) meetings (local times).

30. VC meeting, 1 September 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

29. VC meeting, 15 July 2016 at 12:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

28. VC meeting, 12 May2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

27. VC meeting, 14 April 13:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

26. Organisational Assembly Face to face meeting, Tokyo, 1 March 2016

25. VC meeting, 9 February 2016 at 17:15 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

24. VC meeting, 12 January 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

23. VC meeting, 2 December 2015, 23:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

22. VC meeting, 30 October 2015, 15:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

21. Face to face meetings at the 6th plenary in Paris, September 2015

20. VC meeting, 27 August 2015, 22:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

19. VC meeting, 30 July 2015, 14:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

18. VC meeting, 26 June 2015, 6:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

17. VC meeting, 28 May 2015, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

16. VC meeting, 21 April 2015, 12:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

15. Face to face meeting at the 5th plenary in San Diego, 9 March 2015

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

14. VC meeting, 26 February 2015, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

13. VC meeting, 22 January 2015, 13:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

12. VC meeting, 25 November 2014, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

11. Face to face meeting at the 4th plenary in Amsterdam, 22 September 2014

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

10. VC meeting, Tuesday 8 July 2014, 22:00-24:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]
  • Audio recording is available as a wmv file (working out how to refer to it- if you need it for the momment please send an e-mail to the RDA sect)

9. VC meeting, Thursday 12 June 2014, 11:00-13:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

8. VC meeting, Wednesday 14 May 2014, 22:00-24:00 UTC

7. VC meeting, Monday 14 April 2014, 12:00PM-2:00PM (GMT+1)

6. Face to face Organisational Assembly at the 3rd Plenary, 26 March 2014

  • Agenda and other material for the meeting are [here]:
  • Notes of meeting are at [Freelinking: unknown plugin indicator "path"]

5. VC Meeting, Monday 17 March 2014 at 16:00 GMT

4. VC Meeting, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 16:00 GMT

3. VC Meeting Wednesday, 8 January 2014 at 16:00 GMT

2. VC Meeting Tuesday, 26 November 2013 at 16:00 GMT

1. VC Meeting 12. November 2013

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Recent Activity

19 Dec 2019

OA internal newsletter No 4

Dear OA representative,
Below please find a brief message that you can customize and forward to members of your organisation who may have particular interest in a specific area of RDA activity, or a more general interest in the overall activities of RDA and the organisation's role in them.
In addition to the text provided above, you may also be interested in
* Highlighting which of these items your organisation participated in/contributed to
* Highlighting which of these items your organisation is benefitting from

22 Nov 2019

Helsinki follow-up & OAB elections

Dear Organisational Assembly members,
It was great to see everyone who made it to Helsinki to attend Plenary 14.
This was a wonderful event, and it was a delight to see you.
A few points of action coming out of that meeting:
1) You will have seen an email on behalf of Laura Witcoff. Laura is looking
into resource development avenues for RDA-US, which should also benefit the
larger community. Please email your responses to the following to

28 Oct 2019

OA photo

Dear all,
Here is the OA photo arranged from Helsinki on Friday afternoon. Next time I will try to include it in the agenda (as last (or first) item) to maximise presence in case no photos of all RDA groups are arranged.
It was nice to see many of you in Helsinki!
Best wishes,

25 Oct 2019

Organisational Assembly group photo at the end of this session!

Hi all,
In case you are still here in Dipoli, please join us for an OA photo at the end of this session, planned at ~15:30.
Best wishes
Fotis Karayannis, Dr. Eng.
RDA secretariat-OAB liaison
ATHENA Research Center
Phone: +30 211 1206 431
Mobile: +30 6945 878784
Skype: fotis71
Twitter: fkarayan

23 Oct 2019

OA members at the Helsinki plenary - a request

Those of you at the OA meeting yesterday may have wondered about the presence of
some folk who aren't OA members. I'm sorry we didn't provide explanation about
this in advance, and happy to correct that now. Moreover I would encourage you
to share your thoughts about RDA's sustainability with them during the event.
Further details on who they are, what they are doing and how to interact with them:
Dr. Laura Wittcoff and Eliot Dreiband, MSW Intern, are attending RDA’s Plenary
#14 for the explicit purpose of gathering anonymous information on the

22 Oct 2019

Change of room: Palaver (in Dipoli-ground floor)

Dear all,
An important update: The OA meeting has to move to another room (as I check and the assigned room was not big enough). The new room is Palaver.
This is located on the ground floor of Dipoli; you have to pass through the cloak area and then you will see the Palaver sign.
Best wishes,
From: ***@***.***-groups.org <***@***.***-groups.org>
Sent: Saturday, October 19, 2019 2:23 AM
To: RDA Organisational Assembly <***@***.***-groups.org>

18 Oct 2019

Helsinki RDA Organisational Assembly Meeting Agenda

Dear all,
In case you have not seen the agenda of the Organisational Assembly posted last week, you can find the link with all required information at https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/rda-organisational-assembly/wiki/helsi.... Please let us know your comments and of "Any other Business" items.
Remote connection should be also available (if everything goes well - the usual OAB link).
Hope to see many of you next week!

17 Oct 2019

FW: A curriculum for foundational Research Data Science skills for Early Career Researchers

Dear all,
See message below on a new recommendation. If there is someone who would like to take this up, please let me know and I will discuss with the Chairs to directly approach some of you!
Best wishes,
From: Bangert, Daniel <***@***.***-goettingen.de>
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2019 12:54 AM
To: Fotis Karagiannis <***@***.***-innovation.gr>
Cc: StefanieKethers <***@***.***>; Marieke Willems <***@***.***-itservices.com>; Bridget Walker <***@***.***-foundation.org>; O'CONNOR Ryan <***@***.***>