National Data Services IG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Stefanie Kethers
TAB Liaison: 
Ingrid Dillo
IG Established

Given the increased value of research data as a national research asset, many countries are

establishing national services to provide services, coordination and support for research data storage, processing, management, analysis, publication, reuse, sharing etc.


The peers for such national data services are other national data services, and this interest group is intended as a peer support forum to exchange ideas and share experiences.


What services do national data services offer?


How can national data services organise themselves?

Who benefits?


By allowing national data services to learn from the experience of each other, the desired outcome is to increase efficiency for the individual operators of national data services and to promote a more coherent and joined-up community of practicioners.


The interest group aims to identify shared concerns and jointly address them through a variety of independent projects, collaborations, or working groups.



Supporting Document:


Meeting Notes from the meeting at P5, San Diego, Monday 9 March 2015, 13:00-14:00: (Please feel free to add to the notes if you were at the meeting).

Recent Activity

03 Oct 2017

Chairs for this working group

Hi all,
Kevin Ashley is moving on from being a co-chair of this working group. I'd
like to take the opportunity to thank Kevin for his leadership and
Mark Leggott has agreed to step in to replace Kevin.
I would also like to take this opportunity to call for an expression of
interest in any others who would like to contribute as a 3rd co-chair of
this group.
An RDA overview of chairs' responsibilities is here:

12 Sep 2017

BoF on International Partnerships at Montreal P10

Here's a BoF that is scheduled on the first day of P10 in Montreal that
might interest you:
*Birds of a Feather Meeting: EarthCube International Partnerships *
*Date: Day 1, 19th September, 2017*
*Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm*
*Location: Mansfield 2 Room, Centre Mont-Royal*
*Purpose:* This BoF meeting will discuss the progress of the U. S. National
Science Foundation’s EarthCube program on a number of fronts and hold a
focused discussion on the opportunities for strategic partnerships and

21 Jun 2017

Session for Montreal Plenary submitted

Hi everyone,
I have just put in a session request for the RDA Montreal Plenary for the
National Data Services Interest Group.
A little closer to the time we will need to add in some detail on which
lightning talks to chose and what theme for the group discussion.
If you are intending on attending the Montreal plenary, please let us know
- it would be good to hear a lightning talk on your plans/progress/updates
towards a national data service.
We'll probably run a video conference in August/September to review

24 Apr 2017

access to the RDA NDS Country Reports Summary document

As per our discussion at the RDA NDS IG discussion, the link for the Summary of Country Reports document is here:
The document setting allows anyone with the link to Comment. If you would like to have Edit access to add/update your country details, let me know and I will add you.
This is based on the original template document here:

31 Mar 2017

Invitation: National Data Services Break-out Session at Barcelona Ple... @ Wed 5 Apr 2017 10pm - 11:30pm (AEST) (

You have been invited to the following event.
Title: National Data Services Break-out Session at Barcelona Plenary
RDA P9 National Data Services IG
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM EDT
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 14:00-15:30 CEST
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 22:00-23:30 AEST
Wed, Apr 5, 2017 12:00 - 13:30 UTC
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3117

28 Mar 2017

Remote participation in Breakout session at P9

Dear all,
The RDA National Data Services IG will have a breakout session at RDA
Plenary 9 in Barcelona
on Wednesday, 5 April, from 14:00 - 15:30 CEST.
If you would like to join the session remotely, please let me know, and I
should be able to organise a GoToMeeting for the session.
Best wishes,
Dr Stefanie Kethers
Senior Business Analyst
Australian National Data Service
P: +61(0)3 990 20546, M: +61(0)405 844 197
E: ***@***.***

27 Mar 2017

Fwd: [national-data-services] Updated Invitation: NDS IG pre-plenary prep meeting - update @ Mon 27 Mar 2017 8pm - 8:50pm (AEDT) (

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From: Stefanie Kethers <***@***.***>
Date: 27 March 2017 at 10:01
Subject: Re: [national-data-services] Updated Invitation: NDS IG
pre-plenary prep meeting - update @ Mon 27 Mar 2017 8pm - 8:50pm (AEDT) (
To: aburton2 <***@***.***>, Adrian Burton <
Hi Adrian,
I think it would be good to confirm the time for non-Australian

23 Mar 2017

Research Data Alliance DDPIG Interim Outputs for review and comment

Dear RDA Interest Group members,

We wish to share with you the draft outputs created by three of
the Task Force teams of the RDA Data Discovery Paradigms Interest
Group. We think one or more of these outputs are relevant to the
work your IG is doing. Your thoughts and feedback on the three
interim documents will be greatly appreciated: