Note from the 2018-2019 Executive Board:

Last year RDAP became independent from ASIS&T and began its journey to become a self-reliant community for data information professionals. Over the course of this year RDAP leadership has been working hard to develop the high-quality annual summit you have come to expect and to instantiate RDAP as a not-for-profit association. We have drafted the RDAP Association values statement, written up our by-laws, and incorporated RDAP as an association in the state of Ohio. In addition, we have worked with many of you to support our community including offering multiple webinars, maintaining an active listserv, and sponsoring a special issue of JeSLIB with articles developed from RDAP 2018 Summit.

As we approach our second year as an independent organization, we would like to ask you to become an official voting member of the RDAP Association. For this year only we are not charging a membership fee. Instead, we are asking for a donation from you based on what you feel membership in the RDAP Association is worth. We will continue to work hard over the next year to demonstrate the value of an RDAP Association membership and to listen to your thoughts and suggestions for how to do so. In the meantime, we ask that you consider making a donation to help the RDAP Association with startup expenses, like our 501(c)(3) application fees and conference production costs. Please donate what you can to help support this volunteer run, professional association, that focuses on data practitioners. Thank you!

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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 and RDAP webinars, in addition to voting rights on important association decisions.

Donations received this year will goal will help the RDAP Association advance the following goals:

  • 501c3 status
  • Fund a bank account needed to establish non-profit status and conduct RDAP business.
  • Cover the cost of membership processing
  • Work towards being financially stable for future years

Membership Types

Founding Members

Founding Members are those who join during this initial member drive and whose *donations* (see above) will help seed the initial costs of forming an independent organization. Founding member status will receive 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.

Professional Members

Professional members are those members who join RDAP after the initial member drive.

Student Members

More information coming in 2020

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.

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

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