The Value of the Research Data Alliance to Funding Agencies
WHY SHOULD FUNDING AGENCIES ENGAGE WITH RDA?
Agencies fund research to deliver benefit to their stakeholders – and this benefit is enhanced if the research is of high quality, and the results of that research translate to benefit to the stakeholders. In many studies, it has been shown that if the research data associated with the research is of high quality and in a form that can be used for new purposes, the value of research is increased.
ENGAGEMENT WITH RDA ENABLES AN AGENCY TO DELIVER TO ITS STAKEHOLDERS MORE VALUE FROM ITS INVESTMENT IN RESEARCH.
The value of RDA to funders has a very high multiplier effect: through contributing to the business of RDA, the work of RDA can in turn contribute to the quality and translation value of nearly every grant holder and research infrastructure provider; and by directly engaging, funders are much more strongly engaged and connected internationally in a way that enhances the local value.
RDA ENABLES FUNDERS TO ENABLE RESEARCH COMPETITIVENESS AND VISIBILITY IN THE CONTEXT OF DATA SHARING.
Interested parties are encouraged to get involved in the Funders Forum, open to all (https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/governance/rda-funders-forum)
The distinction between the two major components of the Alliance is important to explain as a preamble to the engagement possibilities.
• The Work of RDA is done by the volunteer community through self-formed, focused Working Groups and exploratory Interest Groups to build the social and technical connections or bridges.
• The Business of RDA is to support that community and facilitate the building and using of the bridges that enable open sharing of data.
THERE ARE THUS A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS FOR A FUNDING AGENCY TO ENGAGE WITH THE RESEARCH DATA ALLIANCE.
The Research Data Alliance’s vision is Researchers and innovators openly sharing data across technologies, disciplines, and countries to address the grand challenges of society
The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is a community-driven organization whose mission is to develop the social and technical data infrastructure needed to drive innovation surrounding data sharing and data interoperability. Established in 2013, RDA supports more than 9,615 international members representing 137 countries (January 2020), has generated 32 concrete outputs (eight of which are recognized as European ICT technical specifications) with over 75 documented adoption cases (January 2020).
For the full RDA Value statement for Funders click here
For the RDA Value for Funders Powerpoint click here
For the list of current funders click here