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RDA's Guiding Principles

Any individual or organization with an interest in reducing the barriers to data sharing and exchange and who agrees to RDA’s guiding principles listed below is welcome to become a member of RDA and RDA/US, regardless of profession or discipline.

RDA's Guiding Principles:

  • Openness – Membership is open to all interested individuals who subscribe to the RDA’s Guiding Principles. RDA community meetings and processes are open, and the deliverables of RDA Working Groups will be publicly disseminated.

  • Consensus – The RDA moves forward by achieving consensus among its membership. RDA processes and procedures include appropriate mechanisms to resolve conflicts.

  • Balance – The RDA seeks to promote balanced representation of its membership and stakeholder communities.

  • Harmonization – The RDA works to achieve harmonization across data standards, policies, technologies, infrastructure, and communities.

  • Community-driven – The RDA is a public, community-driven body constituted of volunteer members and organizations, supported by the RDA Secretariat.

  • Non-profit - RDA does not promote, endorse, or sell commercial products, technologies, or services.

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