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Dear GO FAIR community,

We wish you a healthy and prosperous new year.

Looking ahead, we feel grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with so many like-minded people from different organisations and backgrounds from around the world, and we are excited to pick up where we left off in 2021.

The GO FAIR Offices in Germany, France and The Netherlands are happy about the commitments of Austria, Brazil, Denmark, and the US to continue with GO FAIR and jointly support the community of Implementation Networks. Representatives of the GO FAIR Offices agreed on essential but lightweight activities for 2022 to keep the GO FAIR community going while transitioning to a more distributed support model for the INs and a renewed GO FAIR governance.

As an important new initiative, the Offices will be rolling out a series of ‘wheel’ meetings, some co-organised with CODATA, to prevent re-invention of wheels and further drive convergence among the INs, among Data Together groups as well as cross-domain. The various communities will be invited to present their FAIR products suitable for reuse by others, to table questions and seek input and agreements around the reuse. Reusable FAIR enabling resources could then be officially listed as choices for other communities to reuse.
Outputs from the wheel meetings will also preempt the topics tackled as part of the second edition of the FAIR Convergence Symposium planned for 24 – 26 October 2022 and running back to back with a conference of the FAIR Digital Objects Forum.

More details about the wheel meetings, first topics (communities presenting a FAIR resource) and a way to participate will follow soon. We are now also contacting the IN coordinators to collect proposals from the GO FAIR community on the FAIR products to explore in the meetings.

We are looking forward to engaging events, building knowledge and convergence needed to create a growing FAIR implementation community. We have learnt much from all of you, and we will carry on this culture of exchange and collaboration!

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.

Reports from internal events



  • Apply for the 2nd Open Science Retreat on 15-16 February 2022! The topic is “Sustainable and reliable Open Science Infrastructures and Tools”. The deadline for applications is 28 January 2022.

Interesting reads by our INs and national offices

National offices news

  • GO FAIR Austria reports:
    • Learn about the goals and current results of the FAIR Data Austria project, co-funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Research.
    • It is not too late to join one of the webinars of the “Research Data Management in Austria” webinar series, bringing together researchers and research support staff to learn about various Research Data Management and Open Knowledge topics.
    • PHAIDRACon 2021 took place on 17-19 November 2021. The Phaidra project has one focus: The effective long term preservation of academic data. The recordings of the two roundtables and sessions of the conference are available now for watching.
  • GO FAIR Germany shares:

GO Meet

This section gives you an overview of conferences and workshops where you can meet up (virtually) with fellow GO FAIR members if you happen to attend the same event or are in the same town. 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


  • 02 February 2022 (virtual): Meet Tereza and Susanne from the FAIR Office Austria at the webinar “Metadata for Research Data”. Sign up now!

INternal events

Meet INs


  • 28 January 2022 (virtual): Say hello to team members of the GO FAIR US office at the FAIR Points launch, a series for pragmatic approaches to FAIR.

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.

IN representatives

Meet the coordinators of the VODAN IN: Bert Meerman and Barend Mons

Bert Meerman is the Director of the GO FAIR FOUNDATION (GFF). GFF supports the GO FAIR movement by preparing the implementation of a coherent certification program and by coordinating international “missionary and kickstart” activities for GO FAIR. Bert is a senior business executive with a successful track record in finance, network, information and data technology. Bert has worked in a variety of management roles in different countries (The Netherlands, Far East / Hong Kong, Switzerland, Germany and Belgium).
Bert currently lives in the Netherlands, is married, has two children and two grandchildren.

Prof Dr Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and a leading FAIR data specialist. Before switching to advanced data stewardship and systems analytics in 2000, Barend spent a decade on fundamental research on malaria parasites and vaccines. He is currently Professor in Biosemantics in the Department of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Barend is most known for innovations in scholarly collaboration, especially nanopublications, knowledge graph based discovery and, most recently, the FAIR data initiative and GO FAIR.
Barend is one of the Directors of GO FAIR, and President of CODATA. He is also a member of the Netherlands Academy of Technology and Innovation (ACTI) and European representative in the Board on Research Data and Information (BRDI) of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in the USA.

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