Members and their role:


- the Institute for Computer Science and Control (SZTAKI) and the Wigner Research Centre for Physics (Wigner), both belonging to the Eötvös Loránd Research Network, jointly operate the cloud infrastructure (MTA Cloud) providing support to researchers in Hungary. MTA Cloud will play an important role in providing the necessary data storage for the members of HRDA taking into account the standards developed and recommended by RDA.

SZTAKI has been engaged in numerous research and development projects in national and European levels under the Framework Programs, including H2020 in the domains of digital libraries, archives, (research) data management and scholarly communication. The institute provides different data related network services and it is one of the major players that could strongly influence the data management policies of the whole Hungarian academic sphere via its actual R&D activities and intellectual capacity.

SZTAKI also plays an important role in the AI Coalition of Hungary. One of the six working groups, the Data Industry and Data Assets working group is led by SZTAKI. Many staff members of SZTAKI are also members of the Big Data IG of RDA, where they intend to play a very active role, as this IG is very much related with the HRDA National Golden nugget topic: artificial intelligence.


- the Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - is a member of DataCite and supplies DOI identifiers to datasets and professional publications. It operates the Hungarian Science Bibliography (MTMT), the official state registry of research production of the country, a CRIS-like service, listing research publications as well as published datasets and citations to those. The national policy-based repository certification system is operated within the framework of MTMT. Together with SZTAKI, MTA KIK operates the national aggregator service for repositories and OJS (Open Journal Systems) based Open Access journals. MTA KIK is a member of ORCID. It has organised several workshops and meetings in the past years together with ORCID, the THOR project, and within the research chain of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. It has participated in the PASTEUR4OA and cooperated with the SIM4RDM projects. Member of the Hungarian repository collaboration (HUNOR), and already hosts research data sets in its repository (REAL). MTA KIK has submitted a proposal to the RDA tender for adoption of recommandations in 2019 March.


- the HUNgarian Open Access Repositories consortium was established in 2008, with the participation of the libraries of Hungarian higher education institutions (the Association of University Library Directors acting as a legal entity) and the Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to advance national open access practices. The members of HUNOR are dedicated to promoting Hungarian research both nationally and internationally and to achieving effective dissemination of scientific outputs through the implementation of a national infrastructure of open access repositories. Other activities include the organization of a methodology centre, adopting international know-how and standards, the establishment of complementary scientific communication channels, and international relations. HUNOR is coordinated by the Debrecen University and National Library, which has been serving as NOAD (National Open Access Desk) for the OpenAIRE project series since 2010.

HUNOR conducted two surveys in 2017. The Hungarian National Repository Survey was carried out with the participation of 33 repositories in the country. The institutional Open Data Survey received 237 institutional responses at the University of Debrecen. The results of both surveys were presented at Networkshop 2017, the major national conference of research and memory institutions in Szeged, and at the COAR Workshop and Annual Meeting 2017 in Venice, as well as in OpenAIRE blog posts (, HUNOR operates the national information portal on open access and open science ( The portal has been redesigned and the content has been updated in the last 12 months. Social media is used as a new communication channel, targeting young researchers and PhD students.

As an OpenAIRE NOAD, HUNOR has contacted several Horizon2020 beneficiaries in the country. Information packages on open access, open science, research data management and OpenAIRE were sent out to H2020 project participants in the last 18 months. HUNOR is active in connecting existing global OA services and infrastructure with stakeholders in scholarly communication in the country. HUNOR members translated the SherpaRoMEO service website in 2013, and have been feeding it with Hungarian publishers’ data since then. In the last 18 months, copyright details of 13 Hungarian publishers were added to the database.


- the Governmental Information Technology Development Agency, as a member of the HRDA organization, is the Hungarian NREN (National Research and Education Network), representing the developers, operators, and also the users of the KIFÜ-NIIF e-Infrastructure where NIIF stands for the National Information Infrastructure Development Programme of providing ICT infrastructure (networking and additional services) for research and education in Hungary. The NIIF Programme has been providing a government defined framework to the development and operation of the services for more than 20 years by taking into consideration all aspects being crucial for a seamless collaboration with dozens of partner NRENs in Europe and beyond. KIFÜ has completed during the last 2-3 years just another period in the history of the Hungarian NREN, by offering a complete spectrum of e-infrastructure services for the wide and complex user community comprising practically all of the Hungarian research, education, and public collection institutions/organizations. The rich service portfolio covers networked communication, cloud and HPC processing, FAIR storage of research data, as well as multimedia applications and provision of virtual research environments. As an active member of the GÉANT and PRACE communities (and partner to the related running projects, at present GN4-3 and PRACE-6IP, respectively), KIFÜ is in the focus of European e-infrastructure development and service provision. Practically all of the almost 1000 research organisations, higher education institutes, and various public collections are interested in data management activities and thus, are potential partners/members to HRDA. KIFÜ is also playing a pivotal role in keeping contact in the e-infrastructures area to the neighbouring Eastern- and South-Eastern-European countries (including data-infrastructures, see eg. the NI4OS Horizon2020 project) and that’s also a promising element of the contribution KIFÜ offers to HRDA and, in a wider sense, to RDA, by enabling a hopefully efficient practical way of reaching organisations also in that wider region and inviting them, via HRDA, to get into closer relation to RDA.


WELL has the mission to follow and analyse the functioning of the European Union and create recognized added value for individuals and for companies with shared values preparing them for the future. The analysis takes into account the social, economic, and public policy of each Member State, and the USA. Our aim is to help make sense of the global world at the beginning of the 21st century called the “Age of Data” by providing information, fact and numbers to shed light on particular decision of the EU and highlight the risks of it. Thus, such elements of our world which give the option to formulate decision based on objective value-judgement. Our world can only be understood with the aid of information and facts. The solution to fake news is attentiveness.

Our analysis – built on our training and attentiveness – are made in the field of research innovation and digitalization first and most. The long term planning requires foresight and deep understanding of the EU long term budget planning. Our knowledge and expertise in energy policy, as well as our work with the EU agencies provides an additional asset.

Our work is intertwined with our Belgian partner company, Vision & Values as strategic partners. This way we are in daily communication with European decision makers. Under this strategic partnership, Well Bt. undertakes to provide RDA with the information on socio-economic changes and the rapidly increasing legislative mass. Edit Herczog, the Managing Director of Vision & Values has been following the work of RDA since its foundation and is Member of the RDA Global Council since 2017. She regularly takes part in the work of RDA leaderships, in the drawing up of strategy and its implementation.

Our role in HRDA as a partner is,
• Promotion the mission, the goals and functioning of RDA. Provide assistance in the creation of new working groups and the work in existing ones by HRDA members.
• The inclusion of HRDA members in the work of Group of European Data Experts (GEDE).
• The preparation of RDA members and organization on the existing and upcoming legal framework, thus increasing the possibility of successful European projects within the rules laid down by Horizon Europe and other relevant legislations.
• The constant look-out for European project and for project partners.
• The representation of HRDA at international events and institutions. Including, constant communication with European Institution and strategic partners of RDA such as CODATA and GO FAIR.
• The organization of RDA in neighboring countries, while cooperating with partner organizations.

Centre for Social Sciences (CSS)

Centre for Social Sciences (CSS, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence) has created several repositories. Its main interest in joining HRDA is the further investigation and development of scientific data repositories. Research Documentation Centre (RDC) is the institutional repository of CSS. RDC archives research materials produced in the four institutes of CSS (Institute for Legal Studies, Institute for Minority Studies, Institute for Political Science, Institute for Sociology). The digital repository can be accessed here. Besides making research materials available, RDC provides data management consulting to the staff of CSS as well as to the broader scientific community. RDC is a certified repository of the Hungarian Scientific Bibliography.

Voices of the 20th Century Archive and Research Group operates as an autonomous archive of social sciences within RDC. It contains the materials of qualitative research from the past 60 years that are especially important in the history of Hungarian sociology. Among its continuously growing collections there are materials from the research of issues related to Roma; interviews concerning the history of the Holocaust; interviews on the lifestyle of workers in the 1960s, conducted in the framework of a large-scale research project; the documents of school research, including children’s drawings from the 1970s; materials of social psychology research projects, etc. The digital repository of the archive is available here. Physical documents are kept in the Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives.

Centre for Energy Research (EK)

The Centre for Energy Research (EK, Hungarian Academy of Sciences Centre of Excellence) primarly performs research and development related to nuclear science and nuclear technologies. As such, it is also a centre of the Hungarian fusion research community and is strongly involved in the efforts of the European fusion research programme. The proper storage and management of the large amount of data obtained from fusion experiments requires considerable investment. Therefore, EK is interested in the investigation and development of scientific data repositories and extending its current data repository size. It is aiming at creating a data management system along the FAIR (findable, accessable, interoperable, reusable) data principle, e.g. by applying the metadata scheme used by the fusion community. This would facilitate a better collaboration with other research centers and would contribute to the efforts of the High Energy Physics/Fusion branch of RDA.

Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH)

The Eötvös Loránd Research Network (ELKH) Secretariat is an independent, non-profit public budgetary institution devoted exclusively to excellence in scientific research. It was established by the Hungarian Parliament on August 1, 2019 with the aim to manage and operate the publicly funded independent research institute network in Hungary, which constitutes a central pillar of the country’s scientific domain.

The ELKH research institute network currently comprises 10 research centers, 5 research institutes, and around 150 additional supported research teams operating at universities and other public institutions, conducting basic and applied research, exploring the most varied disciplines of mathematics and natural sciences, life sciences, social sciences and the humanities.

The ELKH Secretariat’s mission is to safeguard academic freedom; to support high quality standards in basic and applied research; to efficiently operate the publicly funded research network; to develop innovative and targeted research programs and policy; to foster and advance cooperation and partnerships internationally and regionally; and to be at the forefront of scientific innovation that generates impact in key strategic and global sustainable areas. With the recognition of the growing importance of data driven science, the ELKH Secretariat is dedicated to improving Research Data Management in Hungary with the aim of participating in European projects.

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE)

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) is the oldest and largest university in Hungary with a distinguished history and high international rankings, where tradition and innovation go hand in hand. ELTE became a Research University in 2010 and was awarded the honorary title “University of National Excellence” in 2013. At present, the Hungarian state supports ELTE’s research activity particularly in seven fields of study. These fields are diagnostics and therapeutic development, materials science, astro and particle physics, problem solving systems, synthetic chemistry and biochemistry, high-reliability solutions in computer science, as well as family and nation.

ELTE is heavily engaged in the research area of artificial intelligence (AI), the golden nugget topic of HRDA. Besides being a founding member of Hungarian AI Coalition, in 2020 ELTE joined HumanE-AI-Net, a network of centres of excellence coordinated by DFKI (Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz), founded by the Horizon 2020 progamme, and aimed to develop human-centered, socially responsible AI tailored to European needs. Since 2019 ELTE participates in the European Universities Initiative as a member of the alliance CHARM-EU. With TORCH (Transforming Open Responsible Research and Innovation through CHARM) project, CHARM-EU aims to consolidate a common research and innovation agenda for the European Universities, with ELTE’s leading the WP 'Mainstreaming of comprehensive Open Science practices'.