GO FAIR follows a bottom-up open implementation strategy for the technical governance and funding needed to establish the first phase of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) as part of a broader global Internet of FAIR Data & Services (IFDS). The approach is largely based on the EOSC communication and the recommendations coming from the first report of the High Level Expert Group on EOSC.
GO FAIR will enable an early phase in which we work by ‘federating the gems’. Crucial activities can commence with motivated early movers already organised in Implementation Networks without any delay, while adaptations can be made as seen fit by the coordinating networks. At any time, new Implementation Networks can be added and as such, the GO FAIR consortium is entirely open, inclusive and stakeholder driven.
The GO FAIR implementation network strategy is based on three interactive processes:
- socio-cultural change programme involving relevant stakeholders at all levels relevant for the flourishing of Open Science (GO CHANGE),
- training the required data stewards capable of designing and implementing proper data stewardship plans including FAIR data and services (GO TRAIN),
- designing and building of the technical standards, best practices and infrastructure components needed to create the Internet of Fair Data and Services (IFDS) (GO BUILD).
National and networked international efforts related to the IFDS should ideally not be fragmented as they were in the past, but rather follow a congruent and self-coordinated approach. The EOSC Workshop with Member State representatives of 29 June 2016 for instance, and the more recent EOSC summit clearly identified the need for additional, subsidiary activity and mandate at the international level, in order both to prevent further fragmentation and initiate active defragmentation of existing assets and activities in Member States, as well as at the level policy influence, accreditation, rules of engagement, protocols, and standards.
Faithful to the ‘hourglass approach‘ underpinning the succes of the current internet, it is critical that within each of the three pillars in GO FAIR and within each participating country or organisation, optimal ‘freedom to operate’ must be safeguarded, with just enough coordination and international guidance to prevent silo formation and undue competition and fragmentation.