Today, 28 May 2020, the Research Data Alliance publishes the pre-final version 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.
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.
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.
An RDA community effort has led to the development and publication, in Nature Research’s Scientific Data, of the article, “The TRUST Principles for digital repositories”. These principles offer guidance for maintaining the trustworthiness of digital repositories, especially those responsible for the stewardship of research data. Guidance for each of the TRUST Principles is reproduced below.
OA & OS Infrastructure (OSI) is defined as sets of services, protocols, standards and software contributing to the research lifecycle – from collaboration and experimentation through data collection and storage, data organization, data analysis and computation, authorship, submission, review and annotation, copyediting, publishing, archiving, citation, discovery and more (IOI definition). The purpose of this survey, commissioned by SPARC Europe, is to gather information on established (operating for at least 2 years) international, national or regional OA & OS infrastructures.
During a pandemic, data combined with the right context and meaning can be transformed into knowledge for informing public health responses. Timely and accurate collection, reporting and sharing of data with the research community, public health practitioners, clinicians and policy makers will inform assessment of the likely impact of a pandemic to implement efficient and effective response strategies.
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.
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) COVID-19 group published the third release of the COVID-19 Data Sharing Recommendations and Guidelines, today 8 May 2020.
A global cohort of 450 data, social science. legal and ethical, and software experts together with professionals from the clinical, epidemiology and omics sectors are working in a fast track and rapid response to meeting the following objectives:
In the third edition of a ten-part series of articles published on WIRED, RDA was listed among the number of organizations that are contributing to standards for clinical research data
The Research Data Alliance has joined several organisations in signing a statement that calls on governments, businesses, and research institutions around the world to document their decisions and transactions now and for the future.
This call comprises three specific areas: