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The governance structure of GO FAIR is determined by the expressed needs of the GO FAIR Implementation Networks (IN) and the participating member states (MS). For the time being, a governance structure developed by the founding member states (France, Germany and the Netherlands) is in place. It consists of three governance bodies:

  1. The Steering Committee (SC)
  2. The Stakeholder Forum (SF)
  3. The Executive Board (EB)

Two more entities play a supporting role in the governance of GO FAIR:

  1. GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO)
  2. National Support Offices

How are the governance bodies constituted?

  • The Stakeholder Forum consists of the coordinators of the Implementation Networks (IN). They propose the members of the Executive Board as their representatives and elect a Chair and a Vice Chair. These need to be approved by the Steering Committee.
  • The GO FAIR Steering Committee consists of two representatives sent by each of the member states.

In what ways do the different bodies contribute to GO FAIR’s governance?

  • The Stakeholder Forum will propose practical work programmes, detect ‘white spots’ (gaps to be filled) and will also enable cross-IN coordination and exchange of views, practices, technologies, standards etc.
  • The Executive Board will ensure that ‘per pillar’ (GO CHANGE, GO TRAIN, GO BUILD), there is optimal coordination and also that what has been learned and or developed in one pillar is optimally reused in other pillars. These processes will be all supported, facilitated, and coordinated by the GFISCO in very close collaboration with the Executive Board.
  • The Steering Committee defines and approves the GO FAIR work programme in broad strokes and at high abstraction level. This is communicated and translated into practice by the GFISCO and communicated to the Executive Board. The GFISCO and the Executive Board will work on translation of the high level decisions into an implementation strategy, a GO FAIR roadmap etc. and make sure that all INs are fully aware of the most important decisions.
  • National support offices will interact directly with members of the Implementation Networks active in the country and also with the GFISCO (regular meetings) to ensure coordination at the country level.