The context of GO CHANGE
Within organizations large and small, public and private, there is growing commitment to implementing FAIR approaches. To be effective, FAIR approaches need prioritization, mandate and support within organizations. For researchers and experts to be motivated towards FAIR research activities, there needs to be acknowledgment of the work, time, and effort they invest to curate data and to provide adequate metadata in order to make the data suitable for reuse.
Overall goal of the GO CHANGE Pillar
The GO CHANGE process aims at a paradigm shift establishing a new FAIR academic culture. In this culture, FAIR research data – not just article publications – are recognised as a significant output of research and they become a vehicle for reputation gain within academia. Reward systems fully acknowledge researchers’ efforts to follow the FAIR principles when evaluating and supporting their research careers.
Support and coordination in GO CHANGE
The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office works with organizations (e.g. at the university level) as well as public policy actors (e.g. research funding organisations) to ensure that FAIR-related policy decisions are well-informed and coordinated with other organizations that are also going FAIR, as well as between the GO BUILD and GO TRAIN Pillars.
In particular, support and coordination for GO CHANGE-related Implementation Networks (INs) by the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office involves:
- Advising in development of new GO CHANGE-related INs, including finalizing manifestos
- Identifying overlaps/synergies between IN applicants
- Attuning with the recommendations of the European Commission Open Science Policy Platform
- Cooperating with strategic partners: RDA, CODATA, ESFRI clusters, the EOSC governance and Science Europe
- Maximising the spin-off of the ‘country approach’
- Facilitating and aligning existing activities, both bottom-up and top-down
- Underlining and demonstrating the importance of structural funding and training of data stewards
- Offering starter kits for individual researchers