Researcher Development Framework (RDF)

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Framework in brief


The Vitae Researcher Development Framework describes the competencies a researcher must master in order to become an expert researcher. The model is has been developed using interviews with researchers.

A ‘lens’ has been added for information literacy – the SCONUL Seven Pillars Model. This allows information literacy competencies to be related to a researcher’s development.




RDF website The framework itself
RDF Information Literacy Lens Tailored to information literacy, based on SCONUL Seven Pillars
Infobesitas Blog posts by Anneke Dirkx (in Dutch) about information literacy


Image source: Vitae. (2011). Vitae Researcher Development Framework. Retrieved from: