The Research Data Alliance (RDA) is an international, interdisciplinary organization whose mission is to build bridges, both social and technical, to enable free data sharing and interoperability. With more than 8,400 members from 137 countries, the RDA brings together researchers and scientific data professionals working in multiple disciplines, fields and themes and belonging to different types of organizations around the world.

Members self-organize into Working Groups or Interest Groups to share and exchange new findings and knowledge, discuss barriers and potential solutions, explore and define policies, and test and harmonize standards to improve and facilitate the sharing and reuse of data globally.

Membership is open to any individual or organization, from any profession or discipline, that is interested in facilitating the sharing and reuse of data and that subscribes to the main principles of RDA: openness, consensus, balance, harmonization, community stewardship, not-for-profit and technology neutrality.

As part of the European RDA Europe 4.0 project, which started on March 1, 2018, the CNRS is in charge of developing the national RDA-France node. The latter coordinates French participation in the GDR and disseminates its results. A space is dedicated to GDR activities carried out in France and/or by the French community.

The governance of the alliance consists of four bodies: a council, a secretariat, a technical advisory council and an organisational advisory council. These bodies and their relationships are described in the governance document. (source: