RDA Organisational Membership

Organisational Members critical to the success of RDA

RDA is a lean, stakeholder driven organisation that creates the context for multi-lateral and multi-vertical collaboration. Everyone will benefit from a global mechanism for research data exchange. No one research group; no one discipline; no one country can create it. RDA provides a framework through which interest groups, working groups, and forums lever the work of many in the service of a common vision for the free and effective movement of research data. People and organisations that engage through RDA will build the global exchange systems for
research data.

The global exchange system for research data will not suddenly appear. It will be built component by component by the working groups of RDA. RDA’s methodology is to realize the vision through working groups that address components in 12 to 18-month projects that allow for regular statements of “Well that’s done! What’s next? Let’s get on with it.”

Organisations, data initiatives  will be instrumental in developing and implementing global exchange systems. Organisational members of RDA will be seen as pioneers in realizing full value from research data; they will exercise considerable influence in the development of standards for data exchange and will provide valuable insights to the entire range of RDA activity. RDA’s organisational members will be regularly briefed on developments in data interoperability and will have equally regular opportunity to provide feedback on activity and suggestions on next steps.

Organisations that join RDA recognise their future health and growth is dependent on realising value from research data. They are organizations that recognise the insights that will determine their futures may well come from data created outside their organisations. Because their “genius” is unlocking value, organisations that join RDA recognise systems that enable free trade in data are critical to their future and that of their competitors, collaborators, and societies. Unlocking value from research data is the key competitive advantage in the 21st century. RDA and its members are at the heart of building a new economic model.

See the list of the current Organisational and Affiliate Members


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

All organisations that become RDA organisational members join the Organisational Assembly, i.e. the body where all organisational members participate. The Organisational Advisory Board will be a sub-committee of the whole OA, to act as an executive committee representing the interests of the organisational members. The OA decided that the election of the OAB will take place only after the OA exceeds 36 members. So currently the OA is the same with the OAB.

In more detail, the purpose of the OAB is to represent the interests of organisational members and ensure that their input and needs play a role in guiding the programs and activities of the 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. Collaborating with the TAB to review mid-point and final Working Group products and to advise on how implementable proposed product is likely to be. OAB provides guidance on organisational needs and partnership and pilot opportunities, with the goal of encouraging broad community adoption of RDA products.
  5. Assisting with Plenary programming and other outreach activities.
  6. Developing of test-beds to support WG pilot projects and distribution of products to the community.
  7. Encouraging and facilitating the adoption of relevant RDA “products” among organisational members to drive broad adoption.

Membership Benefits

  • Being seen to act as early adopters for newly developed standards and protocols
  • Adding influence to their work on data interoperability in their sectors, markets and geographies
  • Having a voice inside RDA, providing advice on the needs of their sectors and the problems faced in data exchange
  • Providing advice to the RDA Council through the Organisational Advisory Board
  • Being recognised on the RDA Website and at RDA Meetings as a leader in world data sharing and interoperability
  • Receiving regular briefings on the progress of RDA’s work
  • Be able to participate in the 6-monthly Organisational Assembly that takes place at RDA Plenaries interacting with other Organisational Members (OMs)

Please consult the RDA Membership Agreement  or/and RDA Subscriber Agreement for more information. 


Membership Costs

Membership Categories Category Annual Amount
< than 50 employees $1000 US per annum
50 and <250 employees $2000 US per annum
>250 employees $10,000 US per annum

RDA has registered as a not-for-profit corporation in the UK. By filling in the membership application your organisation will be included in the list of applicants and will be contacted by RDA on further procedures.

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)

At the Amsterdam Organisational Assembly meeting (22 September 2014) it was agreed that invoicing will cover the period from 22 September 2014 to 21 September 2015. However, at the January 2015 meeting, it was decided to change the invoicing period to match the calendar year. If members join later, the duration remains the same and they will be invoiced for the full calendar year.

For more information you can check out the OA-OAB page (public) or directly the process document  or contact enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org