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What is an Implementation Network ?
A GO FAIR Implementation Network (IN) is a consortium committed to defining and creating materials and tools as elements of the Internet of FAIR Data and Services (IFDS). Implementation Networks are the core participants of the GO FAIR initiative.

What does an Implementation Network do ?
• Clearly defines plans and deliverables to implement an element of the Internet of FAIR Data and Services in a finite time.
• Have adequate resources to accomplish their proposed goals.
• Foster a collaborative community of harmonized practice.
• Speak with one voice on a number of critical issues that are of generic importance and on which consensus has been reached.

Who can start or join an Implementation Network ?
Anyone (i.e., a person, an institution, or an existing network organisation) start or can join an IN. You should have a demonstrable interest and contribution, and be willing to comply with the Rules of Engagement.

Primary requirements of an Implementation Network

1. Have defined goals/objectives such as building a component or a service, defining a training curriculum or a data stewardship policy, etc.
2. Comply with the GO FAIR Rules of Engagement (in special, following the FAIR guiding principles in all developments)
3. Have enough critical mass* to be regarded as thought leaders in the field of expertise: Potential International Community Impact (PICI).


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* Critical mass is defined here as having sufficient ‘clout’ to be respected in the field as a thought-leader and to act as an attractor of additional partners to join the group. Critical mass is vital, as GO FAIR follows the same approach adopted by the NSFnet in the early days of internet. First, GO FAIR enforces standards only where unavoidable, explicitly maximizing openness and freedom to operate (the so called hourglass architecture). Second, impact of these few standards in a global interoperability scenario is maximised when those adopting the standards have enough critical mass to attract even more followers and therefore having more data and services able to interoperate (leading by example).