Engaging with the Research Data Alliance
The Value of the Research Data Alliance to Regions 
VALUE OF RDA TO REGIONS
RDA recognizes that strong partnerships with its Regional members are crucial to its success as an international organisation. This is achieved through a complementary and mutually-beneficial relationship between RDA and its Regions. RDA provides the forum for the international community to connect and share knowledge on all aspects of data sharing. This global perspective is a key strength of RDA given that the challenges in data sharing are present throughout the world. Value and benefits are realized through the Work and Business of RDA.
VALUE OF REGIONS TO RDA
The regional composition of RDA creates an international forum that is hugely beneficial to legitimise and strengthen RDA recommendation and outputs. Regions contribute to RDA Work through participation in core activities (plenaries, Working Groups/Interest Groups, workshops, outputs and recommendations). Regions also contribute to RDA Business through contributions (in-kind, monetary, hosting plenaries, etc.)
- RDA will establish an appropriate formal body to give contributing, new and aspiring Regions a voice in the business and strategy of RDA. This is proposed as the Regional Assembly.
- The Regional Assembly will have an appropriate role in the RDA governance structures reflecting its high level of contribution to delivery of the RDA mission.
- Each Region will be responsible for administering activities in their Region and for selecting a representative to participate in the Regional Assembly.
- A Regional Advisory Board will be established and will consist of one representative from each contributing Region.
- The Regional Advisory Board will elect Co-Chairs to participate on Council as observers to maximize the benefits of Regions to RDA and RDA to the Regions.
- Funders from contributing Regions may participate in the Funders Forum to assist RDA in its vision, strategy and accountability.
Legitimacy of Regions:
- Regions should be actively involved in RDA and represent a wide and diverse range of communities and stakeholders.
- Regions should reflect the interests and needs of the broad data community they support in their activities.
- Regions will be expected to have activities that support the initiatives and growth of RDA.
Creation of New Regions:
- Groups interested in creating a new Region are encouraged to discuss with RDA the expectations, benefits, and relationship between a Region and RDA.
- Regions will be recognized by RDA through a Formal Arrangement between a regional contact and the RDA Foundation .
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 complete RDA Value statement for Regions click here
For the RDA Value for Regions Powerpoint click here
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[1 An RDA Region is loosely defined as a “national level” geographic entity or consortium of “national-level” entities, and is intended to be broadly representative
 Legal entity that represents the RDA community. The foundation is a UK based charitable organisation. http://www.rda-foundation.org/
RDA Outputs are the technical and social infrastructure solutions developed by RDA Working Groups or Interest Groups that enable data sharing, exchange, and interoperability. These Outputs have an important impact in two areas: solving problems, and incorporation and/or adoption in infrastructure environments by individuals, projects and organisations. RDA Outputs have the following classifications: 1. RDA Recommendations; 2. Supporting Outputs; 3. Other Outputs