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Urgent Call for Expert Contributions: RDA COVID-19 Working Group

Urgent Call for Expert Contributions: RDA COVID-19 Working Group

As an international, consensus-driven, community based organization, the Research Data Alliance (RDA; WDS Associate Member) has been asked to leverage on the global RDA data community to support the urgent Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. As a response, RDA has set up a fast track Working Group (WG) titled the 'RDA COVID-19 Working Group'.

The objective of this WG is to clearly define detailed guidelines on data sharing and re-use under the present COVID-19 circumstances to help researchers follow best practices to maximize the efficiency of their work. The guidelines will focus on the management of data originating from different data sources and the development of a system for data sharing in public health emergencies that supports scientific research. This group will provide recommendations on the creation of a common framework and the tools and processes which should be embedded in research practice. Guidelines will adhere to FAIR and other principles and specificities related to omics data, clinical research data, and epidemiological data.

This WG operates according to the RDA guiding principles of Openness, Consensus, Balance, Harmonization, Community-driven, Non-profit and technology-neutral, and is OPEN TO ALL. To join, log into the RDA website (or register for free if you are not a member) and then join the group here. If you know of a colleague who you believe could contribute to this group’s objectives, please disseminate this message to other interested parties.

For those who join this group, online collaborative working documents, bi-weekly meetings, and frequent updates will be communicated via the group web page and mailing list over the coming days. This group will work at an unprecedented speed, to deliver a first set of recommendations in four weeks, by 15 April 2020.


  • Juan Bicarregui, Head of Data Division, UKRI-STFC & EOSC Executive Board
  • Anne Cambon Thomsen, Emeritus Research Director CNRS & RDA Ambassador for Health Sciences & Research Ethics
  • Sarah Jones, Associate Director, Digital Curation Centre (DCC) & EOSC Executive Board
  • Mark Leggott, Executive Director, Research Data Canada & RDA Council Co-Chair
  • Priyanka Pillai, Health Informatics Specialist, University of Melbourne


  • Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General (hilary[dot]hanahoe[at]rda-foundation[dot]org)
  • Bridget Walker, RDA Office Manager (bridget[dot]walker[at]rda-foundation[dot]org)