- Top of page
- The Challenge of Creating a Data Infrastructure
- The RDA Solution
- RDA Organization
- Current Status and Plans
- Resources Mentioned in the Article
With research in demand for innumerable applications to society's challenges, the Research Data Alliance (RDA) was formed to create and implement a unified data infrastructure. Established in March 2013, the alliance is directed toward establishing a framework to serve social and technical research needs at the local and global levels. The RDA brings together a community of stakeholders to guide the organization as it evolves and align participants' diverse perspectives, striving for consensus, harmonization and an open community. Its structure features organizational and technical advisory boards, interest groups, shorter term working groups and an elected council to steer the alliance. With 700 members representing the academic, public and private sectors across 44 countries, the RDA seeks support from researchers, data managers, funding agencies and governments to promote the strategic and effective use of research data.