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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty-five representatives from higher education institutes gathered at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in October to share insights on the challenges associated with implementing FAIR principles.
Five workshops were co-organised by FAIRsFAIR, OpenAIRE, FIT4RRI and EOSCSecretariat.eu during OS Fair 2019 in Porto, and united a variety of user perspectives around aspects of Open Science, scholarly communication in national settings, and FAIR implementation. The key learning points and outcomes are summarised here.