All Recommendations & Outputs

RDA Endorsed Recommendations:

RDA Recommendations are the official, endorsed results of RDA and considered our “flagship” Outputs.


Recommendation Title


Recommendation Card
Data Citation Working Group Scalable Dynamic-data Citation Methodology Supporting accurate citation of data subjected to change, for the efficient processing of data and linking from publications.

Data Description Registry Interoperability Working Group Data Description Registry Interoperability Model Provides researchers a mechanism to connect datasets in various data repositories based on various models such as co-authorship, joint funding, grants, etc. 
Data Foundation and Terminology Working Group

Basic Vocabulary of Foundational Terminology Query Tool

Ensures researchers apply a common core data model when organising their data and thus making data accessible and re-usable

Data Type Registries Working Group

Data Type Model and Registry

Ensures data producers classify their data sets in standard data types, allowing data users to automatically identify instruments to process and visualise the data

PID Information Types Working Group Persistent Identifier Type Registry Defines standard core PID information types to enable simplified verification of data identity and integrity
Practical Policy Working Group

Machine Actionable Policy Templates

Can be used to enforce management, automate administrative tasks, validate assessment criteria, and automate scientific analyses

Repository Audit and Certification / DSA–WDS Partnership Working Group

Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues

Creates harmonized Common Procedures  for certification of repositories at the basic level, drawing from the procedures already put in place by the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) and the ICSU World Data System (ICSU­-WDS)

RDA/WDS Publishing Data Workflows Working Group Workflows for Research Data Publishing: Models and Key Components Assists research communities in understanding options for data publishing workflows and increases awareness of emerging standards and best practices.
Wheat Data Interoperability Working Group Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines, Ontologies and User Cases Helps researchers create, manage and exchange wheat data.


Recommendations with RDA Endorsement in Process: 


Recommendation Title


Recommendation Card

BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences WG

BioSharing Recommendations: data repositories, standards and policies in the life, biomedical and environmental sciences The BioSharing a set of recommendations are designed to guide users and producers of databases and content standards to select and describe them, or recommend them in data policies. The group has also developed a curated registry, which enacts the recommendations and assists a variety of end users, through the provision of well described, interlinked, and cross-searchable records on content standards, databases and data policies.  
Brokering Governance Working Group Sustainable Business Models for Brokering Middleware to support Research Interoperability

Discusses the strengths and weakness of five classes of business models in the context of long-term sustainment of brokering middleware

Metadata standards directory Working Group

Metadata Standards Directory

Enables discovery of metadata standards for documenting research data, regardless of academic discipline, and addresses issues related to coverage, ease of maintenance and sustainability.

RDA/CODATA Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing in the Developing World Working Group Framework for Summer Schools in Data Science and Cloud Computing A framework to run a series of Summer Schools in Data Science and data sharing in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
RDA/DWS Publishing Data Services Working Group

An open, universal literature-data cross-linking service

Improves visibility, discoverability, re-use and reproducibility by bringing existing article/data links together, normalize them using a common schema, and expose the full set as an open service

External Services using the cross-linking service:

The Scholix initiative, a high level interoperability framework for exchanging information about the links between scholarly literature and data.

The DLI Service,the first exemplar aggregation and query service fed by the Scholix open information ecosystem.


RDA Supporting Outputs

Supporting Outputs are useful solutions from our RDA Working and Interest Groups, but may not be as clearly adoptable by organisations as our RDA Recommendations.


Recommendation Title


Recommendation Card
Libraries for Research Data Interest Group 23 Things: Libraries For Research Data

An overview by of practical, free, online resources and tools that users can immediately take advantage of to incorporate research data management into the practice of librarianship.

Available in 11 languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish).

RDA/CODATA Legal Interoperability Interest Group Legal Interoperability of Research Data: Principles and Implementation Guidelines

A set of principles and practical implementation guidelines offered as high-level guidance to all members of the research community who are engaged in activities that involve the access to and reuse of research data from diverse sources. The Principles are synergistic, so their greatest benefit is realized when they are considered together.

RDA/WDS Publishing Data Bibliometrics Working Group Bibliometric Indicators for Data Publishing

Improves quality and frequency of data citations, resulting in an increase in availability, quality of data.

Repository Platforms for Research Data Interest Group

Matrix of use cases and functional requirements for research data repository platforms

Based on use cases, the matrix describes forty-four functional requirements identified for research data repository platforms and provides a score identifying relative importance. These functional requirement scores can be used to assess research data repository platforms and to prioritize functional requirements for development and adoption.