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Over the last 5 years, the growing need for infrastructure to support data sharing was an increasing topic both within the research data community and by research and development agencies from around the world. At the encouragement of the United States (National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology), Europe (the European Commission) and Australia (the Australian Government), a small international group initiated discussions in 2012 about the need to catalyze the development of data sharing infrastructure through the development of a new international organization.
In March 2013, RDA was launched as a community-driven organization at its first Plenary in Gothenburg, Sweden.
RDA's infrastructure is supported by the following regions and organizations:
- United States (RDA/US)
- Supported at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) by the National Science Foundation
- Europe (RDA/EU)
- Supported by the European Commission
- Supported by the Australian National Data Service
In the United States, RDA/US organizational support continues to be funded by the National Science Foundation at RPI, with funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for specific RDA/US programs. As programs, initiatives and community efforts within the country continue to grow, RDA/US support from agencies, organizations and institutions is also growing to drive a national portfolio of high-impact data sharing and community efforts.