Top European organisations funded to adopt RDA Recommendations and Outputs

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Top European organisations funded to adopt RDA Recommendations and Outputs
16 May 2019

Top European organisations funded to adopt RDA Recommendations and Outputs

RDA Europe selects 8 projects for funding following its Adoption Open Call  


RDA Europe is pleased to announce the results of the call for Adoption Grants.

Focusing on different steps of the research data cycle or on specific requirements for disciplines such as agriculture, climate or theoretical physics, the projects will be implementing one or several of the RDA Recommendations and Outputs and sharing the lessons learned. Furthermore, the selected organisations, coming from 7 different European countries, will document the challenges addressed and serve as testimonials for the RDA adoption process.

Over the upcoming 12 months the selected organisations will be incorporating in their data management practices or implementing at technical level 11 RDA Recommendations or Outputs. View below the funded projects, leading organisations and the RDA results planned for the uptake:

Project title



Output(s) being adopted

23 Things Revisited: Field guides to research data management


National Coordination Point Research Data Management


23 Things: Libraries For Research Data

A model of data integration related to wheat genetic resources and resistance to Fusarium head blight


Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski

Wheat Data Interoperability Guidelines, Ontologies and User Cases

CCCA Subset & Dynamic Data Citation Service


Climate Change Centre Austria

Scalable Dynamic-data Citation Methodology

From Portal To PIDs: Creating Persistent Identifiers For MERIL-2 RI Entries


European Science Foundation

Persistent identifiers: Consolidated assertions

Implementing a data publishing workflow model for research data sharing in ICTP


Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics

Data Type Model and Registry

Workflows for Research Data Publishing: Models and Key Components

The FAIRsharing Registry and Recommendations: Interlinking Standards, Databases and Data Policies

Eleven Quick Tips for Finding Research Data

Improving the Copernicus Climate Data Store metadata scheme with the “RDA metadata standards repository”


Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Metadata Standards Directory

The road to a Hungarian national data publishing policy


University of Debrecen


Library and Information Centre of Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Workflows for Research Data Publishing: Models and Key Components

Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues

Template for reproducible, shareable and achievable data analysis


Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC)

Workflows for Research Data Publishing: Models and Key Components



The Adoption Call

We were delighted to receive thirteen applications, eight of which were very strong and have been selected to carry out RDA outputs use case projects. The intent of the call is to support and encourage examples of adoption which can benefit others, to promote these examples and to learn lessons about benefits and challenges that arise from making use of RDA recommendations.


The 8 Funded Use-Case Projects

Support staff, such as data stewards, IT support staff, librarians or policy officers, often have different levels of understanding of RDM. However, they need to collaborate closely to offer state-of-the-art support for researchers wishing to do responsible RDM. The 23 Things can act as a shared reference tool that enhances mutual understanding and improves collaboration. It can also be used for quick reference and as a guideline for training. We propose to update and adjust the 23 Things to the above mentioned audiences and stimulate nationwide adoption.

The adoption of recommendations from RDA Wheat Data Interoperability initiative can be addressed to better access, share, store and analyse all wheat related data used by the research community. The main goal of our proposal is to develop a model for semantic interoperability which will integrate the data from the existing resources with the existing external open source web based knowledge sources for Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) knowledge discovery.

The Climate Change Centre Austria, as research data infrastructure facility for the Climatological Domain, targets a very limited user community. The implementation of Scalable Dynamic-data Citation Methodology aims to extend the implemented Service to further research domain, the Earth Observation Sciences.

The implementation of the data publishing workflow is connected to the technical development of the data repository at the University of Debrecen, to be launched at the end of 2019. Introduction of the data publishing workflow is beneficiary for all researchers as users will be educated about standards and international guidelines (FAIR, FORCE) necessary for data sharing and the institutional data repository will be used as a publishing platforms for data outputs.

This proposal constitutes the Pilot Project and first use case of adoption of the ICTP’s Data Sharing Initiative. It will make available to scientists around the world global single station calibrated Ionospheric Total Electron Content data. The calibration will be a single station technique developed in ICTP that allows to work at different scales, from local to regional and global.

The Climate Data Store repository contains various types of data for which we have to present summaries at the level of variable and dataset. Adopting and presenting the RDA metadata repository as a trustful reference and using the various standards gathered there will help us make strong recommendations on what should be presented in the CDS.

These two proposals from Hungarian will be merged into one use-case project. In lack of institutional or national standards in Hungary, RDA Outputs including the technical and social infrastructure solutions provide the necessary support and guidance to start implementing and coordinating data management practices on different levels. In addition establishing data repositories is an increasingly urgent task in Hungary. With the adoption of RDA Recommendation Repository Audit and Certification Catalogues the Library and Information Centre of Hungarian Academy of Sciences aims to unchain the Hungarian repository revolution: new data repositories will established, the existing ones will be standardised and they will use similar workflows.

The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has designed a "reproducible paper" template by following best practices, including RDA recommendations and outputs, in their research since 2015. It has significantly grown since then, and is now a fully documented template. With this proposal, we are aiming to improve, test, and promote our adoption of RDA guidelines, and in particular the "Workflows for Research Data Publishing" recommendation and output.