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Dear GO FAIR community,

We wish you a happy and successful new year filled with many FAIR endeavours. Our 2nd International IN Meeting marks the beginning of 2020 and we are thrilled to welcome many of you to Hamburg for two days filled with lively discussions about convergence – this year’s theme of the IN Meeting – and further cross-IN issues. Learn what other INs have achieved so far and start the dialogue on cross-IN cooperation in the breakout sessions.

We would also like to seize this opportunity to welcome our new French Director, Laurent Crouzet, from the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Laurent is replacing Patrick Garda, who served as director of the French GO FAIR office since its creation and has now retired. We enjoyed working with Patrick, and wish him all the best for his retirement. Welcome, Laurent! We are happy to have you in the team and are looking forward to working with you.

2019 was a successful year for GO FAIR: Our community expanded and we are proud to announce that we have 18 active Implementation Networks (INs) as of today as well as 15 preparatory INs with a broad international range. Our IN members are spread across most countries in Europe, but also both Americas (U.S., Brazil) and Africa. We hosted a lot of great events bringing together people interested in GO FAIR, and members of INs working on general and specialised topics regarding FAIRification processes. We are excited to cooperate with this diverse community of INs and have high hopes for 2020.

All the best,
Laurent Crouzet, Barend Mons & Klaus Tochtermann
Strategic Directors, GO FAIR Initiative


Did you know… GO Read

In this section you will learn about Implementation Networks that have recently acquired “active” status, recent IN activities and opportunities. This way, we ensure that you always stay on top of things happening in the “GO FAIR” family.

New “active” GO FAIR Implementation Networks:

The Data Stewardship Competence Centers Implementation Network (DSCC IN) aims at establishing a network, pragmatic cooperation, reuse of assets and convergence between national and international DSCCs at universities or other research performing institutions (RPI). Strong emphasis will be put on joint development of skills, requirements, services and the underlying protocols, formats, templates, and standards that will drive interoperability and reuse through practical convergence, especially across geographical and disciplinary borders. IN coordinators are Valentina Pasquale, Diba Terese Markus and Angus Whyte.

Reports from internal events

  • On November 11, 2019 the GO BUILD workshop on “Semantic Interoperability of Metadata for Cross-Domain Research of the Future” took place at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Hamburg. During this workshop participants discussed how vocabularies and other semantic resources can be made FAIR.
  • On November 22, 2019 the FAIR Convergence Matrix Working Group met in Leiden to proceed with refinement of the FAIR Implementation Profile survey.
  • On November 25, 2019 the GO FAIR office hosted the GO TRAIN workshop on “FAIR training and skills” at the ZBW. 28 professionals, including data stewards, research data managers and trainers from Germany, the Netherlands, UK, Switzerland and Greece came together to exchange experience, concepts and materials.
  • From December 18-19, 2019 colleagues from Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, and the USA met for an official launch of the Data Stewardship Competency Centres (DSCC) IN. The event was also a knowledge exchange oriented workshop for the IN community to start preparing a detailed work plan to further elaborate objectives and tasks defined by its manifesto.

GO Meet

This section gives you an overview of conferences and workshops where you can meet up with fellow GO FAIR members if you happen to attend the same event or are in the same town. We think that it is always more pleasant to interact face-to-face rather than just virtually.

In order for this category to work we do need your help! Please drop us a line at go-fair@zbw.eu and tell us where you can be met in the future.

External events

Meet INs:


Internal events

Meet GFISCO & INs:

People of GO FAIR

In this section we would like to introduce you to members of our GO FAIR family. In each newsletter we will provide you with a short profile of two GO FAIR members: one IN representative and one Steering Committee representative.

IN representative:

Prof Dr Simon Coles, member of the Chemistry IN

Simon Coles is Professor of Structural Chemistry and Director of both the UK National Crystallography Service and the UK Physical Sciences Data Science Service within Chemistry at the University of Southampton. His career in experimental structural chemistry spans three decades and has always been at the forefront of the technique of crystallography. Simon’s current research interests in this respect include the study of solid-state reactions and transformations, monitoring in-situ solid-state reactions and the application of Quantum Crystallography to characterising reactivity and solid state behaviour.
Since the turn of the millennium and wishing to address the problem of data deluge in his experimental work, Simon became interested in the areas of Information Management, eResearch and eLearning. As a result, he has built expertise in structuring, curating and sharing crystallographic and chemical data/information. Simon is an author on almost 1000 papers covering the areas structural chemistry, support for chemical synthesis and chemical information.
Within GO FAIR, Simon is the coordinator of the Chemistry IN, which aims at enhancing the open, FAIR and effective communication of chemical knowledge within the chemical sciences and between chemistry and other disciplines.

Steering Committee representative:

Prof Dr Heike Neuroth, German research representative

Heike Neuroth, currently Professor of Library Science and Vice Dean of Research at the Faculty of Information Sciences, has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of information sciences. Previous employers include Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) and Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) at Max Planck Society. She is active in numerous organisations and working groups, such as RDA and Priority Initiative “Digital Information”. She was appointed Executive Board Vice Chairman of the German chapter of RDA effective March, 2018. Her research focus lies on digital humanities and research data (management). Together with Humboldt University of Berlin she is involved in a cooperative graduate program which will cover different aspects of digital data management.



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