RDA Organisational Assembly


Group details

TAB Liaison: 
Francoise Genova, Paul Uhlir

RDA Organisational Assembly (includes OAB meetings)

Full photo from Gaborone* | photo from Berlin | photo from Montreal | photo from Barcelona | photo from Denver | photo from Tokyo OA | photo from Paris OA | photo from San Diego OA |  photo from Amsterdam OA

* The Gaborone picture is joint picture with members from TAB, OA and Secretariat. 


The list of current Organisational Members and Affiliates can be found here.


This is the working space for the OA and includes all OAB meetings (before and after the election of the OAB).

There is a separate private working space for the elected OAB

If your organisation is interested to join RDA as an Organisational Member you can join on-line via the forms below (after logging in with your RDA individual account). In case you don't have an RDA account, please first register here. You can get more information from the RDA secretariat liaison Fotis Karayannis and the OAB co-Chairs (Amy Nurnberger and Kevin Ashley) via e-mail at enquiries \at/ rd-alliance.org .


The role of OA in Expert Commentary and Adoptability: Process and Tools


JOIN AS ORGANISATIONAL MEMBER NOW - FILL IN ONE OF THE ON-LINE FORMS BELOW [either Organisational Membership Application form (default) or the Subscription one (for Libaries or other organisations for which is easier to pay subscriptions). Note that the new on-line forms include both the previous application form and the membership agreement in a single step].

On-line Membership Application form (NEW)

On-line Subscription Application form (NEW)



The next f2f Organisational Assembly meeting will take place in Philadelphia, USA, on Monday the 1st of April 2019, at 16:30 local time (21:30 UTC) and for two hours. Draft agenda.

The last OA(B) meeting took place on Thursday 7th of March, at 15:00 UTC. Draft minutes

The last f2f Organisational Assembly meeting took place in Gaborone, Botswana, on Tuesday 6 November 2018. (13:45 UTC). Minutes

The one to last OA(B) meeting took place on Tuesday the 25th of September 2018, at 12:30 UTC: Minutes

The one to last OA(B) meeting took place on Tuesday the 5th of June 2018, at 21:30 UTC. Minutes

The one to last f2f Organisational Assembly meeting took place in Berlin, on Friday 23 March, at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC). Minutes 


THE MAIN RELEVANT DOCUMENTS (document matrix) can be found in the matrix below. More information available here.

Document Owner Operational owner Relevant to OAB Schedule
RDA Foundation Articles of Association [link] RDA Council Secretariat, TAB, OAB Yes and influences all OAB work End of 2013
RDA Governance document [link] RDA Council Secretariat, TAB, OAB Yes Updated in 2018
OA Scoping Document [link] OAB Secretariat, Secretary General Yes June 2014

RDA Organisational and Affiliate Member process [link]

OAB and Secretariat Secretariat, Secretary General Yes and influences OAB work March 2014 (finalised)

RDA Organisational  Member application [on-line form] [old document link]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes June 2014  (finalised)

RDA Organisational Member subscription application [on-line form] [old document link]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes June 2014 (finalised)
RDA Organisational Member Agreement [link] Secretary General prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes March 2014 (finalised)
RDA Organisational Subscription Agreement [link] Secretary General prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes August 2014 (finalised)

RDA Affiliate Member Memorandum of Understanding [special cases only -criteria]

OAB prepares and Council approves Secretariat, Secretary General Yes January 2014 (on a case by case basis)
Document to attract new Organisational and Affiliate Members [link] and [link] OAB and Secretary General Secretary General Good to have January 2014



48. VC meeting, 7 March 2019 at 15:00 UTC

47. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, Gaborone, Botswana, 6 November 2018 at 13:45 local time

46. VC meeting, 25 September 2018 at 12:30 UTC

45.  VC meeting, 5 June 2018 at 21:30 UTC

44.  Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, Berlin, Germany, 23 March 2018 at 14:00 local time (13:00 UTC)

43.  VC meeting, 6 Februray 2018 at 07:00 UTC

42.  VC meeting, 16 January 2018 at 12:00 UTC

41.  VC meeting, 5 December 2017 at 22:00 UTC

40.  VC meeting, 7 November 2017 at 13:00 UTC

39. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 21 September 2017, Montreal, Canada, at 14:00 local time

38. VC meeting, 27 June 2017 at 21:00 UTC

37. VC meeting, 11 May 2017 at 13:00 UTC

36. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 4 April 2017, Barcelona, Spain, at 14:00 local time

35. VC meeting, 23 February 2017 at 21:00 UTC

34. VC meeting, 12 January 2017 at 14:00 UTC.

33. VC meeting, 1 December 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

32. VC meeting, 31 October 2016 at 13:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

31. Organisational Assembly f2f meeting, 15 September 2016, Denver, Colorado.

  • Agenda and draft minutes: Open (14:00) and Closed (16:00) meetings (local times).

30. VC meeting, 1 September 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

29. VC meeting, 15 July 2016 at 12:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

28. VC meeting, 12 May2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

27. VC meeting, 14 April 13:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

26. Organisational Assembly Face to face meeting, Tokyo, 1 March 2016

25. VC meeting, 9 February 2016 at 17:15 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

24. VC meeting, 12 January 2016 at 22:00 UTC.

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

23. VC meeting, 2 December 2015, 23:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

22. VC meeting, 30 October 2015, 15:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

21. Face to face meetings at the 6th plenary in Paris, September 2015

20. VC meeting, 27 August 2015, 22:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

19. VC meeting, 30 July 2015, 14:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

18. VC meeting, 26 June 2015, 6:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

17. VC meeting, 28 May 2015, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

16. VC meeting, 21 April 2015, 12:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

15. Face to face meeting at the 5th plenary in San Diego, 9 March 2015

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

14. VC meeting, 26 February 2015, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

13. VC meeting, 22 January 2015, 13:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

12. VC meeting, 25 November 2014, 21:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

11. Face to face meeting at the 4th plenary in Amsterdam, 22 September 2014

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

10. VC meeting, Tuesday 8 July 2014, 22:00-24:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]
  • Audio recording is available as a wmv file (working out how to refer to it- if you need it for the momment please send an e-mail to the RDA sect)

9. VC meeting, Thursday 12 June 2014, 11:00-13:00 UTC

  • Agenda and minutes [link]

8. VC meeting, Wednesday 14 May 2014, 22:00-24:00 UTC

7. VC meeting, Monday 14 April 2014, 12:00PM-2:00PM (GMT+1)

6. Face to face Organisational Assembly at the 3rd Plenary, 26 March 2014

  • Agenda and other material for the meeting are [here]:
  • Notes of meeting are at [Freelinking: unknown plugin indicator "path"]

5. VC Meeting, Monday 17 March 2014 at 16:00 GMT

4. VC Meeting, Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 16:00 GMT

3. VC Meeting Wednesday, 8 January 2014 at 16:00 GMT

2. VC Meeting Tuesday, 26 November 2013 at 16:00 GMT

1. VC Meeting 12. November 2013

Recent Activity

22 Mar 2019

Planning your Plenary? Checkout the Pathways!

Dear RDA OA members,
I am pleased to let you know that the RDA Plenary planning aid, "Plenary
Pathways", is now out and available for your perusal!
This planning aid was put together by TAB (thank you!) and originally
piloted during the last plenary for the benefit of the OA. The decision was
taken at the OA and OAB meetings during that plenary to make this tool
available to the broad membership of RDA.

08 Mar 2019

OAB Nominations

Dear Organisational Assembly (OA) Members,
I'm sure you saw Fotis' email of 1March regarding OAB nominations, since
we've already received some nominations. However, as we move closer to that
15Mar deadline, I wanted to offer a reminder to submit those lagging
Within OA we are fortunate to have a selection of outstanding
representatives from across a variety of organizations that work with data.
I encourage you to actively promote the expertise of these representatives

04 Mar 2019

Re: [rda-oab] Organisation Members clustering for your comments

Thanks Fotis,
One issue this raises is for orgs like CANARIE, that belong in 2 categories: Infrastructures and Policy and Funding Agencies. I don’t think that is a big issue, and it is more one for the orgs themselves, as they will have to decide which category to be listed in.
Mark Leggott, Executive Director / Directeur exécutif
Research Data Canada / Données de recherche Canada
45 O’Connor Street, Suite 500 Ottawa, ON K1P 1A4 Canada
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01 Mar 2019

Draft agenda for meeting next week

Dear all,
The draft agenda for next week is available at
As it is a tight one please review in advance and possibly send any comments beforehand; also for those that can't make it.
Thanks in advance,
Kind regards and bon weekend!
Fotis Karayannis, Dr. Eng.
RDA secretariat-OAB liaison
ATHENA Research Center
Phone: +30 211 1206 431

01 Mar 2019

OAB Elections 2019

Dear all,
On behalf of OAB co-Chairs, I am sending the following message with regard to the upcoming OAB elections:
An election for members of the Organisational Advisory Board, who represent the interests of RDA's organisational members, will occur in time for the next RDA Plenary in Philadelphia in April.
The current OAB is the following: https://www.rd-alliance.org/about-rda/our-leadership/rda-organisational-...

25 Feb 2019

[rda-oab] Next OAB call set: Thursday 7 March, 15:00 UTC

[Calendar request]
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25 Feb 2019

Next OAB call set: Thursday 7 March, 15:00 UTC

Dear all,
The next OAB call (open to all OA members) will take place on Thursday, the 7th of March 2019, at 15:00 UTC. A draft agenda will be available this week. A calendar request will follow this message.
Please let us know if you have any points for discussion.
Kind regards,
Fotis (on behalf of the co-Chairs)
Local Time
Time Zone
UTC Offset
San Diego (USA - California)
Thursday, 7 March 2019, 07:00:00
UTC-8 hours
Denver (USA - Colorado)
Thursday, 7 March 2019, 08:00:00