Organisational membership

Why Join RDA as an Organisational Member?

Organisational Members provide an organisational perspective of RDA, influence its direction, and assist in the implementation and adoption of RDA’s Recommendations. For many global organisations RDA is a vehicle to help incorporate data sharing technologies.  

Organisational Assembly (OA) and Organisational Advisory Board (OAB)

All organisations that become RDA organisational members join the Organisational Assembly. The Organisational Advisory Board is a sub-committee of the whole OA, acting as an executive committee representing the interests of the Organisational Members.

In more detail, the purpose of the OAB is to ensure that Organisational Members' inputs and needs play a role in guiding the programs and activities of RDA. The OAB meets monthly by teleconference and in-person at the bi-annual RDA plenaries to provide guidance on RDA business operations, oversight of Interest Groups (IG) and Working Groups (WG), and outreach to the larger community.  Specifically, the OAB is charged with:

  1. Providing organisational and operations advice either at the request of the Secretary General or the RDA Council or to express issues raised among the organisational membership with regard to the directions, processes, and mechanisms of RDA to the Secretary General and/or Council.
  2. Providing input to the Secretary General and the Secretariat on organisational needs; for example, with the goal of encouraging the formation of Interest Groups or Working Groups or other actions that could be taken by RDA to meet organisational needs.
  3. Interacting with the Technical Advisory Board (TAB) during the review of IG and WG proposals to provide guidance on overlap and synergies with other RDA and community efforts.
  4. Encouraging and facilitating the adoption of relevant RDA outputs among organisational members to drive broad adoption.
  5. Collaborating with the TAB to review mid-point and final Working Group Recommendations and outputs, and to advise on how implementable proposed outputs are likely to be. OAB provides guidance on organisational needs and partnership and pilot opportunities, with the goal of encouraging broad community adoption of RDA outputs.
  6. Assisting with Plenary programming and other outreach activities.
  7. Developing of test-beds to support WG pilot projects and distribution of outputs to the community

Organisational Members include:

  • Corporations/Enterprises
  • Universities
  • Research and development agencies
  • Non-profit foundations and/or community organizations
  • Libraries
  • Consultant firms 
  • Other types of organisation not listed above that have an interest in furthering the goal of the RDA and have an intent to adopt RDA’s infrastructure solutions.  

Benefits for Organisational Members include:

  • Attending Organisational Assembly meetings and electing the Organisational Advisory Board and its co-Chairs
  • Receiving regular updates on the work of the RDA, including updates directly from the RDA Council at each Plenary
  • Providing advice to the RDA Council through the Organisational Advisory Board
  • Being recognized on the RDA Website and at RDA Meetings as a supporter of data sharing and interoperability
  • Influencing the RDA work and directions on data sharing and interoperability in their sectors, markets and geographies
  • Having the opportunity to act as early adopters of RDA Recommendations and other outputs
  • Exchaning news, strategies and policies across regions

A Value and Engagement document has been drafted by the Organisational Assembly with more detailed information on both the benefits (value) that organisations may receive from RDA and also bring to RDA, and also ways to engage with RDA. Note that this is a living document.

Organisation Membership Annual Fees:

  • < than 50 employees: $1,000 per year
  • 50 and <250 employees: $2,000 per year
  • >250 employees: $10,000 per year

If there is interest from your organisation to become an RDA Organisational Member, please fill in one of the on-line application forms.

RDA Affiliate Members:

RDA has signed MoUs with a number of Organisations, considered RDA Affiliates, according to the following criteria:

  • related mission to RDA and directly or indirectly contributes to data sharing & interoperability
  • currently works globally
  • defines and implements explicit points of collaboration with RDA in an MoU such as joint WG/IGs, adoption agreements, shared services, etc. which would deliver mutual benefit
  • not disciplinary specific (broad within a domain is ok)
  • provides an equivalent affiliate role for RDA in their organization (preferably with voting rights)

If you believe that your organisation fullfils the above criteria and wants to become an RDA Organisational Affiliate member, please contact enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org

See the list of Organisational and Affiliate members.