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The GO FAIR US Support and Coordination office is hosted by the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), University of California San Diego. SDSC is involved in other related and high profile research data efforts, including the US National Science Founation-funded West Big Data Innovation Hub and the US National Data Service (NDS). The US NDS, based at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, with Christine Kirkpatrick as Executive Director, was founded by a consortium that included academia, government, infrastructure providers, and non-profit institutions interested in creating and bridging evolving technologies and platforms that support the publication, discovery, andreuse of data. GO FAIR US was established in February 2019 as one of the first GO FAIR national offices, see the press release announcing the office start along with the declaration.

GO FAIR US Support and Coordination Office, c/o Christine Kirkpatrick
San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC)
University of California, MC 0505
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0505

Office Team & Contact Information
Christine Kirkpatrick (contact), Division Director, Research Data Services (RDS), SDSC & Executive Director, US National Data Service
Melissa Cragin, Chief Strategist of Data Initiatives, RDS, SDSC
Juliane Schneider, Senior Bioinformatics Analyst/Data Liaison, Sage Bionetworks
Chris Erdmann, Assistant Director, Data Stewardship, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Katie Knight, Data Engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Natalie Meyers, Associate Director, Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society at Notre Dame
Nancy Hoebelheinrich, Information Analyst, Knowledge Motifs LLC
Alexandra Andreiu, GO FAIR US Office Project Manager, SDSC/UCSD


Main focus & activities
The GO FAIR US Support and Coordination Office disseminates, supports and coordinates the recommendations and activities related to the adoption of the GO FAIR implementation networks within the United States and its territories. GO FAIR US focuses on all knowledge domains and the general goal of increasing FAIR data stewardship; the values and goals of GO FAIR are complementary to the aims of other data initiatives and memberships including NDS, and the NSF Big Data Hubs. This synergy was enshrined in the 2020 Data Together Statement issued by GO FAIR, CODATA, WDS, and the Research Data Alliance. SDSC has a rich history of providing the latest in techniques and technologies for supporting data-driven discovery and research. The GO FAIR partnership provides a strategic way to develop the US research data stewardship ecosystem through partnerships with local industry on training and techniques that make data more accessible to people and machines.

Within the general guidelines for involvement in GO FAIR at the country/region level, the US Office, commits to the following activities in the context of science and innovation:

  • Connect and partner with FAIR stakeholders, e.g. researchers, infrastructure providers, institutions, publishers, agencies, industry, libraries, and funders.
  • Highlight and foster community discussions on the topic of FAIR. For example, FAIR in AI, software, data science, model commons, new scholarship methods, e.g. notebooks.
  • Be a place where FAIR training and assessment approaches and material can be shared and advanced collaboratively.
  • Liaise with GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO).
  • Build awareness of GO FAIR Implementation Network (IN) activities in the US and worldwide.
  • Respond rapidly to evolving needs, such as integration and expansion of the Virus Outbreak Data Network (VODAN).

Upcoming events
Visit the GO FAIR US website for more information on upcoming events!

Past events (selection)

The US GO FAIR office is actively seeking partners to join in the declaration and suggest ways of building and connecting the US ecosystem for an Internet of FAIR data & services: Declaration GO FAIR US