RDA Outputs and IP Task Force


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This Task Force began to define the type of formal outputs  generated by RDA and how associated intellectual property rights for those outputs will be managed. The focus was on outputs from RDA, but we also considered associated products, such as articles or publications that may be generated during the course of Working Group activities.

In a first phase we worked to define what constitute RDA outputs by examining the work of the existing WGs as initial case studies.

In a second phase of the project we involved legal experts and broader community consultation to define an appropriate IP policy for those outputs.

Council approved the initial policy 2014-04-28


  • Mark Parsons, Secretariat and TF Chair
  • Beth Plale, TAB co-Chair
  • Raphael Ritz, DFT co-Chair
  • Larry Lannom, DTR co-chair and interim OAB
  • Juan Biccaregui, interim OAB co-chair
  • Tony Hey, Council
  • Gerry Lane, IBM
  • Anita Eisenstadt, Legal Interoperability IG


Request for Comment

Telecon agendas and notes

List of potential outputs

Recent Activity

11 Mar 2014

Closing out RDA Outputs policy

Dear Output Policy friends,
Sorry for the long hiatus. Somehow, when RDA hired a Secretary General, it didn’t make my life any easier :-)
I think our policy is in good shape, but we need to finalize things. Please read and reply within the next week. So I can make sure the policy gets on the agenda for the Council meeting in Dublin.

13 Feb 2014

Fwd: [rda-outputs-ip] Policy out for comment

Hi all,
We haven’t got much comment yet on the policy so far, although there was some discussion of CC0 vs. CC-BY in the comments to the process document.
Tony just sent some comments from his legal team though. I respond to some of them below and I ask you to read them carefully.
A major point is that we don’t address patents, which is something we should discuss. Another point is if we are to allow CC0 and CC-BY, who decides which to use? I think the WG, but there could be some discussion.
I will be setting up a telecon to review all the comments soon.

21 Jan 2014

Re: [RDA-CODATA-cwg-LegalInterop] [rda-legalinterop-ig][rda-outputs-ip] Appropriate licenses or waivers for RDA oputput?

Good point, Catherine. It should be all work in WGs, IGs, and probably TFs. There are some administrative groups within the RDA web space, including TAB and Council, that may not be fully public—e.g. frank internal discussion during case statement reviews.
Could I ask you to post your comment publicly on the RFC?
Thanks for the careful attention.

15 Jan 2014

Policy out for comment

I put a post on the RDA discussion forum requesting comment on our policy. I also sent out a message to the full membership, but the system seems to be delaying delivery (you can't send to everyone too often of something).

I gave people 4 weeks+ to comment. (14 Feb.)

Thanks for all your help. We'll suspend telecons until the comment period is closed. Then we can reassess.



13 Jan 2014

GoToMeeting Invitation - Outputs and IP Task Force

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09 Jan 2014

Norms for contributing to and using RDA products

The goal of the RDA is to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating and removing barriers to research data sharing and exchange. RDA develops a variety of products that help realize this goal. RDA seeks to have these products, especially formal “RDA Recommendations,” to be broadly adopted and used openly and ethically.

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06 Jan 2014


Mark.. You asked about a new name for the RDA Recommendations on Data.
Just to stimulate this discussion before you provide the next revision of
the Policy, I've listed a few obvious alteratives below. Since the
documents will address much more than data.. do the following obvious
alternatives generate any reaction from you and the team?
RDA Endorsed Document
RDA Endorsed Result
RDA Endorsed Recommendation
RDA Recommendation
RDA Endorsed Working Group Document
RDA Endorsed Working Group Result