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RDA Outputs

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. As an organisation, RDA's goal is to expand awareness and adoption of these Outputs, and hence their impact, within all regions of the world. 

RDA Outputs are products of the respective Working or Interest Group and should be demonstrably developed and endorsed by the group. Each Output should have the respective Working or Interest Group listed as an author where appropriate.

To ensure the continued right to share, use and build upon the work produced by the RDA community through its various Groups, the RDA rightfully applies the following Licensing information: "All RDA Recommendations are under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) and all authors, generators, contributors and users of RDA Recommendations are governed by these licensing regulations”.

RDA Outputs have the following classifications:

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RDA Recommendations

RDA Recommendations are produced by RDA Working Groups and are the official, endorsed results of RDA and considered our “flagship” Outputs. They have undergone formal phases of discussion, comment, and decision-making, and can be compared to “specifications” or “standards” created and endorsed by other organisations. They are documents in a very broad sense and may include specifications, taxonomies or ontologies, workflows, schemas, data models, etc. To be endorsed, they meet specific criteria, including being made publicly available and usable, and adoptable and adopted. The Recommendations endorsement process is described on the Working Group Outputs page.

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Supporting Outputs

Supporting Outputs are useful solutions from our RDA Working and Interest Groups, but may not be as clearly adoptable by organisations as our RDA Recommendations. They have undergone a community review, and may include RDA-branded guidelines, brochures and white papers that serve to educate and inform, rather than directly solve a specific data sharing challenge. If you have something you would like to be considered as a Supporting Output, please contact enquiries[at]rd-alliance[dot]org. 

“Other” Outputs

“Other” Outputs are used to describe resources requested by a Working Group or Interest Group to be published on the RDA website, but have received no level of endorsement.  They could include workshop reports, published articles, survey results, etc. If you have something you would like to be posted as an Other Output, please contact

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1. Research Data Alliance

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Curation Policy: This collection contains official documents published by the Research Data Alliance ( These include Governance documents, Recommendations, and Supporting Outputs. Other RDA-related documents can be included in the “Research Data Alliance - Related Documents” collection.

2. Research Data Alliance - Related Documents

Description: Contains documents that are related to Research Data Alliance (RDA) activities that are not official RDA documents. 

Curation Policy: This collection includes documents that are related to Research Data Alliance (RDA) activities, but are not official RDA documents. Examples could include reports and other documents from RDA Working or Interest Groups that are not meant to be official group outputs, or documents from RDA-related activities such as RDA national groups or initiatives. RDA related events and workshop outputs are also included in this collection. Official RDA documents can be found in the Research Data Alliance collection.

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