May 19, 2022

Research Data Alliance (RDA) Publishes Pre-Final Version of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines

From the Research Data Alliance:

Today,  28 May 2020, we publish the pre-final version of the RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines covering four research areas – clinical data, omics practices, epidemiology and social sciences. This document is also complimented by overarching areas focusing on legal and ethical considerations, research software, community participation and indigenous data.

The detailed guidelines in this body of work aim to help stakeholders follow best practices to maximise the efficiency of their work and act as a blueprint for the current and future health emergencies. The recommendations aim to help policymakers and funders maximise timely, quality data sharing and appropriate responses to health emergencies, particularly COVID-19.


The RDA COVID-19 activities are conducted under the RDA guiding principles of Openness, Consensus, Balance, Harmonisation, Community-driven, Non-profit and Technology-neutral. The results and outputs are open to all.

Read the Complete Introductory Blog Post and Important Links

Direct to Exec Summary: RDA COVID-19 Recommendations and Guidelines Executive Summary 5th release (final draft), 28 May 2020
Includes link to full version.

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