May Newsletter: 5th Final Draft Release of RDA COVID-19 Recommendations, TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories, Adoption Week & more

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27 May 2020

May Newsletter: 5th Final Draft Release of RDA COVID-19 Recommendations, TRUST Principles for Digital Repositories, Adoption Week & more


RDA Members Encouraged to Review/Comment/Share 5th Final Draft of RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines

On 28 May 2020, the Research Data Alliance published the 5th Final Draft of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines covering four research areas – clinical data, omics practices, epidemiology and social sciences. This document is also complimented by overarching areas focusing on legal and ethical considerations, research software, community participation and indigenous data.  We encourage you to review, comment and share with others in your networks.  ►Read more


Adoption of RDA Solutions Across all Disciplines & Domains

“The role of Citation is crucial in open-data-driven science. The RDA has successfully defined new models for citation in the digital era.  Several communities already adopted these RDA outputs and shown the implementation way.” Dr. Carlo Maria Zwölf, Nicolas Moreau and Yaye-Awa Ba, PSL Research University, CNRS and the Sorbonne University

Since 2013, 45 flagship recommendations and outputs have been produced by RDA Working and Interest Groups (May 2020). These are very wide ranging, addressing registries for persistent identifiers and data types, policy templates, repository audit methodologies, standards directories, curricula, wheat data interoperability, data/literature cross-linking and many other fields. A number of recommendations have also been endorsed as ICT technical specifications by the European Multi-Stakeholder Platform on ICT specifications. We’ve asked RDA members who have already adopted RDA outputs to share their experience and lessons learned.


The TRUST Principles - An RDA Community Effort

An RDA community effort has led to the development and publication of the article, “The TRUST Principles for digital repositories”, in Nature Research’s Scientific Data. These principles offer guidance for maintaining the trustworthiness of digital repositories, especially those responsible for the stewardship of research data.  They have already been endorsed by a variety of organizations; uther organizations also are invited to do so by contacting enquiries[at] ►Read more


RDA Contributing to the European Open Science Cloud

The RDA platform is being significantly leveraged in the creation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). A report issued by RDA Europe 4.0 project describes the key finding from a survey conducted amongst 22 current, EOSC-related projects. ► Read it here


RDA Community & Impact: May Statistics

Have you checked our new RDA in a Nutshell slidedeck? There are 26 RDA Recommendations and 19 Supporting Outputs currently in the RDA Catalogue. Check them out ►




RDA Global Adoption Week: 15-19 June 2020

The adoption session, originally planned for Plenary 15, is now turning into a global adoption week scheduled from 15 to 19 June 2020. The aim remains to demonstrate the wide variety of adoptable and adopted solutions to data sharing challenges that people in the field encounter in their daily jobs. ►Read more


RDA Node Slovenia Conference: Research Data and European Open Science Cloud. 18 June 2020

A year after the opening of RDA Node Slovenia, its members will recount the achievements and address the culture of data sharing in Slovenia and Europe at an online conference. Organisers welcome researchers of all fields and all those involved in open science and research data. Read more


RDA for the Social Sciences and Humanities - Insights from the RDA Europe domain Ambassadors. 25 June 2020

On the 25 June 2020 at 15:30 CEST Ricarda Braukmann and Rene van Horik, RDA Europe Ambassadors for the Social Sciences and Humanities will discuss the value of the Research Data Alliance for the SSH and how to best navigate the opportunities offered by this global data community. ►Read more


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RDA Announces Memorandum of Understanding with the Research Software Alliance

The Research Software Alliance (ReSA) and RDA have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to clearly announce their intention to coordinate their efforts in areas and activities that involve both research data and software. ►Read more

Meet RDA member Marcela Alfaro Córdoba, School of Statistics, University of Costa Rica (UCR)

Marcela Alfaro CordobaMarcela Alfaro Córdoba is the Assistant Professor of Statistics at the School of Statistics at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).  She earned her PhD in Statistics from the North Carolina State University in 2017. UCR is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Costa Rica, and considered the most important research university in the country and Central America. ► Meet her


RDA Welcomes Georgia Institute of Technology Library as New Organisational Member 

Recognizing the value of research data within the scholarly ecosystem, the Georgia Tech Library is committed to helping researchers manage, share and preserve this critical asset. The Library supports the RDA mission to promote data-sharing and data-driven research, and as a member will participate in these international efforts. ►Read more



My Experience with the VP15 - Between Melbourne and Berlin

"I participated in an RDA Plenary Meeting for the first time. I was just starting my adventure with Research Data Management and I was advised to go there to get connected with the community and to see what the current discussions in the field were"... By Katarzyna Biernacka

Participation at RDA 15th Plenary Virtual Meeting Challenged by the World Pandemic

"Earlier this year, I was awarded  one of the  RDA Europe 4.0  Early Career Researcher grants  for attending the RDA 15th Plenary Meeting in Melbourne, Australia"... By Marta Balog

Attending P15. An early career perspective.

"It was my special pleasure to be one of the RDA Europe Early Career Grantees for the 15th Plenary Meeting and to get to know the RDA community at this occasion. I hope to continue to be part of RDA in the future, so in the following I would like to briefly elaborate on why RDA matters to me, what I am working on and how I perceived P15"... By Frederic von Vlahovits

RDA and the 15th RDA Plenary - views of an Early Career Researcher

"First of all, I would like to thank RDA Europe for this opportunity, making possible for me, as a grantee, to participate in such a globally important conference, like RDA Plenary. In this regard, I am glad to share some personal thoughts, in a specific scientific context, and among a great community which is totally engaged in progress achievement"... By Caterina Tomulescu


Plenary Updates: 

Plenary 16 Announces Virtual Meeting Format

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, RDA has been contemplating the feasibility of holding its face-to-face plenary in Costa Rica in November. Taking into consideration the health and well-being of our community, the anticipation of continued travel and budget constraints, and the success of RDA’s most recently held Virtual Plenary 15, the organizing committee has decided to move forward in planning another virtual meeting (VP 16). VP 16 will provide attendees the opportunity to remotely attend plenary sessions, participate in multiple breakout sessions, attend poster sessions and collaborate with attendees. In the coming weeks, expect to see more announcements regarding RDA’s Call for Sessions and Posters for VP 16.  

On behalf of the Plenary 16 organizing committee, thank you in advance for your support and understanding. Although an in-person event may still be able to take place in Costa Rica, it is too soon to make that decision and if it does move forward, we expect a more simplified meeting format than our typical plenary event, with a much smaller audience. Details on an in-person event will be shared with the community as they become available. In the interim, if you have any questions/concerns, please contact us.  

Plenary 17 – Save the Date!

The Digital Curation Centre, STFC-UKRI and Jisc will be hosting RDA'S 17th Plenary meeting on 20-22 April 2021 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in Edinburgh, Scotland. Planning is underway for both a virtual and in-person meeting, with details to be shared in the upcoming weeks and months. In the interim, learn more about this beautiful city by visiting this video at


Plenary 18, Part of International Data Week 2021

The International Science Council’s Committee on Data (CODATA) and World Data System (WDS), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA) are delighted to announce that the 2021 edition of International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea. Learn more at–11-november-2021-seoul-south. 

Recommendations & Outputs: 


Request for Comments Ongoing!

The RDA community is invited to comment on the following documents open for community review:

Case Statements and Charters