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21 April 2017 206611 reads

RDA Europe: the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance (RDA).

The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international member-based organisation focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities to reduce the social and technical barriers to data sharing and re-use and to promote the acceleration of data driven innovation and discovery worldwide.

RDA Europe, the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance (RDA), ensures that European political, research, industrial and digital infrastructure stakeholders are aware of, engaged with and actively involved in the global RDA activities. Launched in March 2018, RDA Europe 4.0 is mandated to become the centrepiece for an EU Open Science Strategy, providing skilled, voluntary resources from the EU investment to address Digital Single Market issues, also through a dedicated open cascading grant process.

RDA Europe 4.0 project provides funding for a broad range of grants, covering:

  • Early Career Programme (for individuals)
  • Experts (for individuals)
  • Adoption Grants (for organisations)
  • Ambassadors (for individuals)
  • RDA Europe Nodes (for organisations)

Check the current open calls and apply HERE


Who We Are



RDA Europe Nodes

RDA Europe is made up of twelve principal, representative organisations in Europe to drive forward RDA Europe objectives that are all grounded in technological excellence and innovation and have clear and international ties. Each of them bring to the table a proven track record in driving forward efforts around

a) cutting edge results in domain science (MPGCNRS),

b) engagement in advancing computer science (CNR-ISTIAthenaBSC),

c) a strong, innovative, communications and digital media experts (TRUST-IT);

d) highly engaged organisations with experience in distributed infrastructure building within disciplines as well as across disciplines (CSCMPGCNR-ISTIAthenaSTFCCNRSRIABSCNLI);

e) making sure European policy is appropriately represented (ACU) and f) ensuring industry outreach (CAPTRUST-IT).

The objective of RDA Europe 4.0 is to become the centrepiece for an EU Open Science Strategy through a consolidated European network of National Nodes, bringing forward an RDA legacy in Europe, providing skilled, voluntary resources from the EU investment to address DSM issues, also through an open cascading grant process.

The ambitious 27-month project comprises 5 Partners and 9 Third Parties (the National Nodes) all of which are domain skilled, complementary institutions and organisations that have been drivers of RDA in Europe since its launch in 2013.




  • Athena Research & Innovation Center in Information Communication & Knowledge Technologies, Athena RC, GR
  • Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, BSC, ES
  • Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, CNRS, FR
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR-ISTI, IT
  • CSC-Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus OY, CSC, FI
  • Data Archiving & Networked Services (DANS), NL
  • Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), DE
  • National Library of Ireland, (NLI), IE
  • Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK

RDA Europe, the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance, has recently established a network of national nodes to foster adoption of RDA outputs in the region, and thereby enable interoperability and data sharing on a global scale. Nodes engage with research communities, support national agendas, contribute to the EU Open Science Strategy, and aim to increase the uptake of standards and participation in RDA globally. In collaboration with a diverse range of national and regional stakeholders, they support the RDA mission of building the technical and social bridges that enable open sharing of data.

The pioneer nodes and their activities

Nine renowned research organisations representing excellence in the global scene were the initial foundations of a pan-European network of National Nodes. These represent areas such as Agro & Food, Bio & Health, Environment, Social Science and Humanities & Engineering. Each node has one or more national priorities or areas of focused activity to pursue that could influence their national digital agendas. These priorities will be mapped into RDA as new challenge topics, with new recommendations to be addressed by RDA Working Groups.
Athena, the Greek node, together with UK Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) provide Secretariat Support to RDA. BSC, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, supports Industry activities. The Italian node CNR-ISTI (National Research Council)  provides editorial support for the Data Science Journal, while DANS, the Dutch Data Archiving and Networked Services acts as the RDA ambassador for the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) research communities.  The Finnish IT Centre for Research (CSC - Tieteen Tietotekniikan Keskus), the German Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (MPCDF), the French CNRS (Centre National De La Recherche Scientifique), and the National Library of Ireland complete the initial network of nine pan-European Nodes.

In practical terms, European Nodes facilitate the work of RDA in many ways. They promote open calls for European participation in RDA events and initiatives, organise meetings and hands-on workshops to showcase RDA outputs to promote adoption and lower language/cultural barriers.


  • Support data research at a national/local level, promoting the RDA vision and results, ensuring capillary uptake of RDA principles
  • Synergise with national, European & global organisations in concrete actions to facilitate uptake of RDA recommendations and principles
  • Act as a central contact point between national/regional data practitioners and RDA, interacting with national research funding bodies
  • Contribute to the definition of European data policies
  • Contribute to the definition of RDA’s strategy and participate in RDA processes

Starting in 2018, the initial network of nine nodes is being expanded via a cascading grant funding mechanism.

In order to become a node, organisations must apply for a grant to set up and manage a new RDA EU National Node, and develop and implement a broad-based and representative action plan aligned with RDA global vision and with national and European Digital agendas.

Do you fit the criteria of becoming a national node? Check the current open calls and apply here https://grants.rd-alliance.org