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International FAIR Convergence Symposium

  • 27 November 2020
  • 04 December 2020
  • Location: Virtual
  • Organizer: CODATA & GFISCO

Update: The session recordings are ready for viewing. Visit our Media page to watch the session videos.


Register here to attend the symposium: https://bit.ly/FAIRCONVERGE1 (using code FAIRCONVERGE1).


The Symposium Programme is now available. Please note that this initial programme overview is subject to change. Full programme including details of the sessions will be published by November 5.


Update: The International FAIR Convergence Symposium will now take place as a fully virtual event from 27 November to 04 December 2020. Please save the dates!

In order to facilitate the new approach, and in response to a number of enquiries, we have also extended the deadline for submissions of session proposals to 30 September and of posters and lightning talks to 31 October.


The International FAIR Convergence Symposium will provide a forum for advancing international and cross-domain convergence around FAIR. The event will bring together a global data community with an interest in combining data across domains for a host of research issues – including major global challenges, such as those relating to the Sustainable Development Goals or the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcomes will directly link to the CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Data for the Planet: making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and to the bottom-up developments of the GO FAIR community towards the Internet of FAIR data and services.

Participation is open to ALL researchers and data experts, particularly those with an interest in participating in the CODATA Decadal Programme and in the GO FAIR community.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/international-fair-convergence-symposium-registration-105931185026

The Call for Sessions as well as the Call for Posters and Lightning Talks is open now!


Submit your proposals for sessions by 30 September 2020: https://conference.codata.org/FAIRconvergence2020

Submit your proposals for posters and lightning talks by 31 October 2020: https://conference.codata.org/FAIRconvergence2020

All topics related to issues, challenges, convergence and consensus-building around FAIR are in scope. Four primary themes including examples are highlighted below:

CRISIS REDUCTION AND RESPONSE (learning from COVID-19 outbreak)
  • Virus Outbreak Data Network
  • COVID-19 initiatives on data exchange
  • Balancing public good and individual freedom in disaster data
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Infectious Disease (including (meta)data collection, description, analysis, modelling, etc.)
  • Applying lessons from COVID-19 to other hazards
FAIR specifications
  • Semantic interoperability
  • FAIR vocabularies, FAIR metadata
  • Certification of FAIR services (repositories, process)
  • Legal challenges to tackle
  • Systems analysis
  • Core tools for cross-domain interoperability
  • FAIR data objects applications
FAIR society
  • FAIR for SDGs (including contributing to SDG data, scientific analysis of SDGs)
  • Traditional knowledge, indigenous data and CARE
  • Use cases of FAIR in business and industry
  • Ethical dimensions of data, FAIR and open
  • Smart, resilient and healthy cities
  • Citizen science and the SDGs
  • Policy monitoring: transportation, health, planning, and measuring economic impacts
Data stewardship: training and career opportunities
  • Role of data stewardship centres in research institutions
  • Data stewardship competences, skills and training
  • Data stewardship career profiles and development
  • Distributed learning on Federated Data train

Session types

The symposium will feature plenary sessions, discussion sessions and collaborative workshop sessions. Each day will include sessions at Asia-friendly times (e.g. 07:00-09:00 UTC), Africa and Europe-friendly times (e.g. 11:00-13:00 UTC) and Americas-friendly times (e.g. 15:00-17:00 UTC). Recognising the challenges of virtual events, the programme will ensure that there are substantial gaps between the sessions. We propose to schedule sessions in parallel as necessary in each of these slots and will seek to accommodate excellent proposals in preferred slots to the greatest extent possible.

The Symposium Programme draft is available here: http://bit.ly/FAIRSymposium_ProgrammeDraft (link to a pdf-file)

As the Symposium theme is convergence and discussion of FAIR implementation, we wish to explore the interaction provided by a virtual format to the greatest extent possible. Proposers are encouraged to ensure that their session is dynamic, interactive and output-oriented. Workshop-style sessions are strongly encouraged. The default duration of sessions will be 120 minutes to allow for such formats. Session organisers will be encouraged to post video presentations in advance of the session to maximise the time for discussion and collaboration.

Visit our dedicated symposium website for more information on the session types, poster and lightning talks and to submit your proposals!