From the National Science Foundation:
To increase data sharing and overcome the critical challenges associated with making data accessible, an international group of leaders in the data community joined together in 2013 to form the Research Data Alliance (RDA).
With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), the European Commission and the Australian government, RDA has grown in just two years from a core group of committed agencies to a community that now comprises more than 2,600 members from more than 90 countries, all dedicated to pragmatically removing the barriers to data sharing and raising awareness of those challenges among regions, disciplines, and professions.
Impact is a primary focus for RDA,” said Fran Berman, chair of RDA/U.S. “In only two years, RDA has begun fulfilling its mission to build the social and technical bridges that enable the open sharing of data. It’s exciting to see the start of a pipeline of adopted infrastructure efforts that will accelerate data sharing and data-driven innovation.”
A good example of such infrastructure is RDA’s Data Type Registries. The registries make it easier to create machine-readable and researcher-accessible data by designing an archive of common data structures that researchers can turn to when deciding how to organize their data. The creation of such a registry will support the accurate use of data to reproduce experiments, confirm findings and interoperate among data sets.
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RDA’s Data Type Registries