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Note from the Executive Board:

In 2018, RDAP became an independent professional organization and began its journey to become a self-reliant community for data information professionals. Since then, RDAP leadership has been working hard to establish organizational maturity and corporate and financial strength. At the same time, we have worked to provide value to our members and plan a high-quality annual summit like you’ve come to expect.

Since becoming our own organization, we have drafted the RDAP Association values statement, written our by-laws, incorporated in the state of Ohio, and achieved tax-exempt status from the IRS. In addition, we have worked with many of you to support our community including offering multiple webinars, maintaining an active listserv, and sponsoring special issues of JeSLIB with articles developed from RDAP Summits.

As we move RDAP into a more mature organization, we ask you to consider becoming an official voting member of the RDAP Association. We will continue to work hard to demonstrate the value of an RDAP Association membership and to listen to your thoughts and suggestions for how to do so. Thank you!

Become an RDAP member today

RDAP Association, Inc., is a tax-exempt organization according to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).

Explore the reasons you should join RDAP today

RDAP is a diverse practitioner focused community which includes information professionals, librarians, IT, administrators, students, faculty and industry professionals within and outside of academic institutions.  Your membership includes access to a membership directory RDAP webinars, and a discount on registration for the annual RDAP summit, in addition to voting rights on important association decisions.

Membership Types


Founding Members are those who joined during the initial member drive and whose donations helped seed the initial costs of forming an independent organization. Founding member status received special recognition at the RDAP 2019 summit, special tags to denote their founding member status on their lanyards, and retain founding member status as long as they maintain membership.


Standard members are those members who join RDAP after the initial member drive and do not qualify for student/retiree/financial hardship memberships.


Members actively attending college or university and are not employed professionally except for internships or part-time work. This membership status is self-reported but limited to three (3) years.


Members who have retired but wish to remain active in the professional community. This membership status is self-reported.

Financial Hardship MEMBERS

This level of membership is intended for members who find themselves temporarily unemployed or otherwise underemployed but wish to remain active in the professional community. This membership status is self-reported but limited to three (3) years.

Member Benefits


Members will be able to vote electronically or in person on every single issue that affects you. Your voice counts, matters, and will be included.

In the past, the RDAP community has received calls for voting or comment via the community on topics like mission and summit statements, the move to independence, and folding in other organizations. Moving forward, members will have voting privileges on such issues and will be able to help guide the community as we continue to develop.


Members will receive free access to webinars hosted by the RDAP Association’s Education and Resources committee. Webinars will be held throughout the year and provide multiple opportunities to expand professional networks and acquire practical knowledge and skills that can be applied to their own work and projects.


All members will receive access to a directory of contact information for RDAP members (email and physical address) to foster ability to connect and collaborate.


Members will be eligible for discounted registration fees for the annual RDAP summit.

Future Goals

Johns, E. M., Bakker, C., Briney, K., Carlson, J., Harp, M., Johnson, A., Koshoffer, A., Lackie, P., Raboin, R., Shorish, Y., & Zhang, Q. (2019, February 4). RDAP Future Vision Task Force Report. Retrieved from osf.io/uydpe

Join the RDAP Listserv:

Send RDAP mailing list submissions to discuss [at] rdapassociation [dot] org

To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, ask to join "RDAP Discuss" on Google Groups at https://groups.google.com/u/2/a/rdapassociation.org/g/discuss 

You can reach the person managing the list at admin [at] rdapassociation [dot] org

Become an RDAP member today


The RDAP community brings together a variety of individuals, including data managers and curators, librarians, archivists, researchers, educators, students, technologists, and data scientists from academic institutions, data centers, funding agencies, and industry who represent a wide range of STEM disciplines, social sciences, and humanities.


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