GO FAIR is an open initiative that aims at making data and services findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR), as a stepping stone towards the realisation of the European Open Science Cloud. The Netherlands, Germany and France have established an International Coordination and Support Office (ISCO) with the objective to support the implementation and further development of GO FAIR, as set out in the Joint Position Paper presented in the Competitiveness Council of May 30th 2017. For the success of the initiative, a broad uptake of GO FAIR in the scientific communities, encouraged and supported by the national level, will be decisive. We thus invite Member States (MS) and Associated Countries (AC) to join the GO FAIR initiative and participate in its governance.
The following guidelines describe the actions expected to have been implemented by interested MS / AC before joining the GO FAIR initiative:
1. The MS/ AC is expected to acknowledge and support the principles that form the basis for the GO FAIR initiative of independent, yet coordinating implementation networks:
- GO FAIR is a community-led and self-governed initiative.
- GO FAIR is a bottom-up initiative.
- An open and inclusive ecosystem of GO FAIR implementation networks will evolve, as the number of scientific institutions committing to the principles of GO FAIR increases.
2. In order to ensure a smooth and swift involvement of the interested communities in the respective MS/AC, the following steps should be taken on the national level:
- Reaching an overview of which research communities and e-infrastructures in the respective country would want to participate in the GO FAIR initiative.
- Encouraging the community in getting organised, in preparing them for connection to the GO FAIR initiative. This means to engage all relevant GO FAIR Guidelines for interested countries (25 January 2018) parties such as research communities, e-infrastructures, Research Funding Organizations (RFO’s), Research Performing Organizations (RPO’s) and the ministerial level as a facilitator. This will facilitate coordinating the interactions with the GO FAIR initiative.
- Encouraging and stimulating this group of interested parties in the respective MS/AC to discuss and explore how the different communities could grow into a “GO FAIR implementation network” (i.e. practically implementing one part of the Internet of FAIR data and services, for example setting standards, developing templates, FAIRifying data for one scientific domain).
- Appointing a contact person for interaction with the ISCO that provides information on the previously described process to the ISCO. Ideally, the contact person will team up with a national support office in the medium term.
MS/AC that have the intention to implement these guidelines are invited to contact the ISCO, which can support them in the process to join. In due time, MS/AC who have taken the steps set out above can send to the ISCO a letter expressing their intent to join the GO FAIR initiative and providing the information required to assess the implementation of the guidelines. On this basis, the Steering Committee of the GO FAIR initiative will decide if the MS/AC can join and is offered to nominate members to the Steering Committee.