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The Research Data Alliance (RDA) currently hosts over 60 Interest Groups and more than 30 Working Groups consisting of experts who are working on various topics related to (open) research data and innovation. These working groups produce the RDA outputs: the technical and social infrastructure solutions enabling data sharing, exchange, and interoperability.

For you, to see how to implement the RDA outputs to improve the sharing, exchange and interoperability of your own data, we’ve asked RDA members who have already adopted RDA outputs, to share their experience and lessons learned in a story. Find below a series of RDA adoption stories by individuals, organisations and projects.



RDA is actively seeking new adoption stories to inspire the further uptake of RDA outputs.

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16 Oct 2020

Improving data management services for researchers at the University of Tartu Library through adopting RDA recommendations

About the organisation 
The University of Tartu (UT) is a classical university, located in the South-Eastern part of Estonia, founded in 1632. The University of Tartu belongs to the top 1.2% of the world’s best universities. At the moment, there are more than 13 thousand students (12% international students, 39% master's and doctoral students) and 3000 employees (51% academic staff of which 186 are professors and 14% are international teaching and research staff members). 


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16 Oct 2020

Implementing the DMP Common Standard on the Argos tool for maDMPs

Argos is an online machine-actionable tool developed by OpenAIRE to facilitate Research Data Management (RDM) activities concerning the implementation of Data Management Plans (DMPs). Argos enhances OpenAIRE’s continuous efforts towards Open Science Commons and a Linked Open Data environment that brings data closer to where they are stored and managed, aiming at better reproducibility and integrity of research.


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16 Oct 2020

Enabling machine actionability of Data Management Plans

The lessons we have picked-up from the adoption process is that there is real value in adopting as early as possible the application profile. This helps to identify missing features and to give feedback on the use-case which may or may not be inline with the original intentions.


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01 Oct 2020

Learning to Share - The Road to a Hungarian National Data Publishing Policy

A joint bid by the University of Debrecen and the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (LIC-HAS) was awarded an RDA Europe 4.0 Adoption grant, with the aim of employing RDA Recommendations in the evaluation of the already existing data repositories in Hungary and establishing a standardised approach to managing research data workflows. 

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01 Oct 2020

When lions play leapfrog! Adopting the CODATA-RDA Data Science Summer School curriculum for introductory data science training in South Africa

University of Pretoria (UP)’s Department of Information Science in collaboration with the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA), South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR) and the Network of Data and Information Curation Communities (NeDICC) and Data Carpentry SA initiated the first school in South Africa with the help of three co-chairs respectively from the Institute of Science Innovation and Society, University of Oxford, the Royal Holloway, University of London and Tofail University, Morocco. As of 2021 the University of Cape Town is also represented on our Steering Committee. 

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30 Sep 2020

Big data, big responsibility: recording a project's data lineage for publishing reproducible results

The Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) has designed a "reproducible paper" template by following best practices, including RDA recommendations and outputs, in their research since 2015. It has significantly grown since then, and is now a fully documented template. With the support of an RDA Europe 4.0 grant, the project team, led by Dr Mohammad Akhlaghi, is aiming to improve, test, and promote our adoption of RDA guidelines, and in particular the "Workflows for Research Data Publishing" recommendation and output. 

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24 Jul 2020

Improving the Copernicus Climate Data Store metadata scheme with the RDA metadata standards repository

Following a successful application to the RDA Europe 4.0 open call for Adoption Grants, the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) began its project to quality check and document the data stored in the Climate Data Store (CDS). The Climate Data Store repository contains various types of data for which summaries are presented at the level of variable and dataset. Adopting and presenting the RDA metadata repository as a trustful reference, and using the various standards gathered there, has helped to improve recommendations on what should be presented in the CDS.

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21 May 2020

Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences

During the RDA 14th Plenary meeting in Helsinki in October 2019, the RDA interviewed Shelley Stall from the American Geophysical Union(AGU). In the interview Stall told the enabling FAIR Data in the  the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences where she explained the adoption processes and the lessons learned. 




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08 May 2020

Curating a research institutional scholarly record connecting externally deposited datasets.


During the IDCC 2020 meeting in Dublin in February 2020, the RDA interviewed Chris Gibson, Research Services Librarian (Data) at the University of Manchester Library. In the interview Gibson told the University of Manchester Library adoption story of the Scholix Metadata Schema for Exchange of Scholarly Communication Links where he explains the adoption process, the benefits and the lessons learned.  




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09 Mar 2020

Implementing Data Citation on the Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resource Monitoring (EODC)

Adopting the RDA Data Citation Recommendations on an openEO. The Earth Observation Data Centre for Water Resource Monitoring (EODC) located in Austria works with high-performance computing services and large amounts of data on a daily basis. Since 2017, it has been part of the consortium implementing the open Earth Observation (openEO) standard, which aims  to standardize communication between EO scientists and data and service providers. It allows scientists to write code one time only and use it on different backend providers, but has the downfall of being not transparent. Adding data citation to the standardized process enables insights into what specific data was used in EO workflows.

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14 Jan 2020

Enabling open research publishing

During the RDA 14th Plenary meeting in Helsinki in October 2019, the RDA interviewed Chris Graf, Director Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics at Wiley. In the interview Graf told the story of how RDA’s work on data sharing policies helps Wiley extend the requirement for data availability statements to journals.

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04 Jun 2019

The RDA CoreTrustSeal adoption story across domains and regions

CoreTrustSeal offers to any interested data repository a core level certification based on the DSA–WDS Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements catalogue and procedures. The RDA Secretariat has collected a global set of 5 adoption stories to inspire its further uptake by sharing a wide variety of challenges faced, implementation processes and lessons learned.  

Some of the stories in this section are brought forward by the French, Irish and Dutch National Nodes.



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13 May 2019

Dynamic Data Citation for frequently modifying High Resolution Climate Data

The Climate Change Centre Austria (CCCA) Data Centre expected a comprehensive project outcome of completely new simulated High Resolution Climate Scenarios for Austria in the time range from 1965 till 2100 on a daily basis. For consumption,  13 model runs, 5 meteorological parameters like temperature, 3 emission scenarios, over 1600 NetCDF files with an average size of 13 GB were calculated. How could we implement proper data management processes on such data packages? The idea of using the RDA Recommendation on Data Citation of Evolving Data as a pilot “NetCDF Pilot Implementation of Climate Scenarios” came out.   


This adoption story was brought forward by the RDA Europe 4.0 Austrian National Node.



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