The TRUST Principles for digital repositories

Representatives from across the digital repository community have collaboratively developed the TRUST Principles, a set of guidelines to demonstrate trustworthiness in digital laboratories. The resulting paper, The TRUST Principles for digital repositories, has just been published in in the Nature Research journal Scientific Data. 

Health, climate, social science: the “once in a lifetime” moment for data repositories to address the COVID-19 emergency

Reacting to the COVID-19 emergency presents the scientific community with a unique opportunity to exploit the power of data across domains and several FAIRsFAIR partners are playing a strategic role. FAIRsFAIR supported repositories are also doing significant work. We surveyed them to understand how they were contributing to COVID-19 research, how such involvement would affect their activities in the short or long term, and how the support from FAIRsFAIR could benefit their activities.


Setting the path for digital science

While Europe discusses its data strategy, the digital transformation must be on the radar of universities. Digital skills, the infrastructure and support for “FAIR” research data management, and the European Open Science Cloud are crucial elements to foster more digital science, argues Lennart Stoy, Project Officer in the Research & Innovation Unit at EUA, FAIRsFAIR partner involved in the FAIR Data Science and Professionalisation project activities, in this blog post.

RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model ready for public review

The RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group is pleased to announce the public comment period for the FAIR Data Maturity Model specification and guidelines, as part of the process to propose an RDA Recommendation in mid-2020. The document is available for public review until 13 May 2020. The work of the FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group started in early 2019.


FAIR from home

Hervé L’Hours, Repository & Preservation Manager at the UK Data Archive recently took part in the first FAIRsFAIR project workshop, which he looks back on. Re-reading a draft from February about travelling to offer face-to-face support seems like a million years ago now.  Though we’re all moving to purely online modes of support the need for FAIR and Open research data in trustworthy repositories is clearer than ever. The most important point is that these infrastructures are ultimately made of people.


Ten things you can do to support the FAIR data culture (FAIRsFAIR worshop at IDCC2020)

As part of the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), FAIRsFAIR ran a half day workshop to share practical suggestions on how to support a FAIR data culture. The fully booked session took place on the morning of February 17, 2020 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. 


FAIRsFAIR at the EOSC Symposium 2019

The annual EOSC Symposium is the premier event in the EOSC calendar and unites stakeholders around intense discussion over three full and stimulating days.  During the 2019 evemt, the FAIRsFAIR team actively contributed to five sessions around FAIR practices, FAIR metrics, FAIR skills and training, the certification of FAIR services, and semantic interoperability across infrastructures.  The proceedings from these sessions and the key takeaways from the ensuing discussions are presented in the report below.

Recommendations for Services in a FAIR data ecosystem

The report by FAIRsFAIR, RDA Europe, OpenAIRE, EOSC-hub, FREYA, is an output of three workshops designed to explore, discuss and formulate such recommendations and is aimed at stakeholders in the scholarly world and particularly the EOSC Governance.


FAIRsFAIR Focus Group: University of Amsterdam

Participants from universities across Europe gathered at the University of Amsterdam in November to dialogue about the development and implementation of data-related competences and the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data principles in higher education curricula.


The Netherlands gets its FAIR Share

While all eyes were on Budapest during the week of the EOSC Symposium, there was a flurry of FAIR-related activity in the Netherlands. Marjan Grootveld from DANS provided this report.