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The rdaslides class: Research Data Alliance presentations

The rdaslides LaTeX class is intended to produce slides for Research Data Alliance (RDA) presentations, or an accompanying transcript, or both. It is based on the beamerswitch class.

Internally, rdaslides uses one of three presentation themes, called ‘RDA’, ‘RDA2016’ and ‘RDA2020’ respectively, which can be used independently within beamer.



The documentation uses fonts from the XCharter and sourcesanspro packages, as well as sourcecodepro if XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX is used, or zi4 (inconsolata) otherwise. To compile the documentation successfully, you will need the minted package installed and working.

Automated way

A makefile is provided which you can use with the Make utility:

  • Running make rdaslides.cls generates the derived files:

    • rdaslides.cls
    • rdacolors.sty
    • beamerthemeRDA.sty
    • beamerthemeRDA2016.sty
    • beamerthemeRDA2020.sty
    • rdamig.sty
    • rdamscwg.sty
    • rdamsdwg.sty
    • rdaslides.ins
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA.tex
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA2016.tex
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA2020.tex
  • Running make generates the above plus

    • rda-logo.eps
    • rdaslides.pdf
    • rdaslides-slides.pdf
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA.pdf
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA2016.pdf
    • rdaslides-sample-RDA2020.pdf
  • Running make inst installs the files (and images) in the user's TeX tree. (To undo, run make uninst.)

  • Running make install installs the files (and images) in the local TeX tree. (To undo, run make uninstall.)

The makefile is set up to use latexmk and lualatex by default. If this causes difficulty you could change it to use pdflatex directly instead.

Manual way

To install the class from scratch, follow these instructions. If you have downloaded the zip file from the Releases page on GitHub, you can skip the first five steps.

  1. Run etex rdaslides.dtx to generate the class and package files.

  2. Compile rdaslides-sample-RDA.tex and rdaslides-sample-RDA2016.tex to get the example figures used in the documentation.

  3. If you intend to use the theme in DVI mode, you will need to convert the logo to EPS format; here is one way to do it:

    pdftops -f 1 -l 1 -eps rda-logo.pdf rda-logo.eps

    If you intend to compile the documentation in DVI mode, you will also need to transform the output of step 2 to EPS using, say, dvips or pdftops, depending on how you did it.

  4. Compile rdaslides.dtx using your favourite version of LaTeX with shell escape enabled (as required by minted for typesetting the listings). You will also need to run it through makeindex. This will generate the main documentation (DVI or PDF).

  5. Compile rdaslides.dtx a second time with -jobname=rdaslides-slides as a command line option to generate the sample slides. Again, you will need to enable shell escape so that minted can mark up the code listings.

  6. Move the files to your TeX tree as follows:

    • source/latex/rdaslides: rdaslides.dtx, rdaslides.ins
    • tex/generic/logos-rda : rda-logo.eps, rda-logo.pdf
    • tex/latex/rdaslides: rdaslides.cls, rdacolors.sty, beamerthemeRDA.sty, beamerthemeRDA2016.sty, rdamig.sty, rdamscwg.sty, rdamsdwg.sty, rda-bg-normal.jpeg, rda-bg-title1.jpeg, rda-bg-title2.jpeg
    • doc/latex/rdaslides: rdaslides.pdf, rdaslides-sample-RDA.tex, rdaslides-sample-RDA.pdf, rdaslides-sample-RDA2016.tex, rdaslides-sample-RDA2016.pdf, rdaslides-slides.pdf,
  7. You may then have to update your installation's file name database before TeX and friends can see the files.


Copyright 2016 Alex Ball.

This work consists of four image files (rda-logo.pdf, rda-bg-normal.jpeg, rda-bg-title1.jpeg, and rda-bg-title2.jpeg), the documented LaTeX file rdaslides.dtx, and a Makefile.

The text files contained in this work may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License (LPPL), either version 1.3c of this license or (at your option) any later version.

The rights to the image files distributed with this bundle are held by the Research Data Alliance.

This work is "maintained" (as per LPPL maintenance status) by Alex Ball.


A LaTeX class and beamer theme for Research Data Alliance presentations






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