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Promoting the reuse of research data

More than 700 international experts from all over the world meet at the International FAIR Convergence Symposium – GO FAIR and CODATA organise a six-day digital exchange on research data management in the future

Between 27 November and 04 December 2020 scientists, data experts, developers for infrastructures and decision makers in science policy meet at the International FAIR Convergence Symposium. Their common goal is to find solutions for reusable research data – transdisciplinary and international. The international symposium will be opened by Jean-Claude Burgelman (Vrije Universiteit Brussels), Peter Gluckman (University of Auckland) and Shamila Nair-Bedouelle (UNESCO). The virtual symposium with more than 700 international participants is organised by CODATA and the GO FAIR initiative.

Globalisation presents society with bigger and bigger challenges. In an ever more closely integrated world, the resulting research questions can only be solved satisfactorily if scientists collaborate across borders and disciplines. An important part here is played by research data that already exist. However, they must be FAIR, i.e. findable, accessible, interoperable and reusuable, if they are to be used in networked research projects.

The International FAIR Convergence Symposiums aims to promote the FAIR usage of research data. It is necessary to federate the solutions already developed and the existing infrastructures in order to operate the new reality of data-driven science. Designs for education and training as well as for the initiation of cultural change in the science system are also high on the agenda of the symposium. This serves to enable the reuse of research data for one’s own and for others’ scientific disciplines and to promote new scientific knowledge across borders and disciplines.

This text is part of a press release issued together with the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Watch all (pre-)recordings on CODATA’s vimeo account.