RDAP (Research Data Access & Preservation) began as an American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) sponsored summit in Phoenix, Arizona in April of 2010 with a total of 75 initial attendees. That inaugural summit aimed “to bring together leaders in data centers, laboratories, and libraries…to share ideas and techniques for managing, preserving, and sharing large-scale research data repositories with an eye toward achieving infrastructure-independent access and stewardship”.1
The RDAP summit quickly saw a proliferation of topics, especially following the White House OSTP memo of 2013, requiring accessibility to federally funded research. RDAP continued branching out to include data curation, discovery, and citation and altmetrics. In 2014, RDAP offered workshops for the first time in conjunction with the summit, focusing on capacity building and instruction.
In the years since then, RDAP has grown into a thriving, active community of data practitioners who work in many disciplines and types of environments. With the growth of the community, discussions regarding the future of the organization began. In mid-2018, RDAP became the RDAP Association, an independent, not for profit, professional association aimed advancing best practices in research data and providing professional development opportunities to our community.
The RDAP Association brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of disciplines from the health and life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Annually, the RDAP Association will continue to hold Summits for data practitioners to learn about common solutions to issues surrounding research data management, with opportunities to expand professional networks and acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own work and projects. Continue reading “What is the RDAP Association?”