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Dear GO FAIR community,

More than three years ago we launched the GO FAIR Initiative, and since then its community has grown tremendously and become an important player in creating an internet of FAIR data and services. We now have national GO FAIR offices in Brazil, France, Germany, and the US, and we see an interest to expand the network of offices. Our FAIR Festival 2021 at the end of June did not only celebrate the FAIR shift in research data management, but also our GO FAIR community and its ongoing commitment as well as achievements so far. We are so grateful to have you on board. If you weren’t able to attend the festival or missed one of the plenaries, you can (re-)watch the three plenaries on our website. All presentations will be made available soon. Stay tuned!

We are thrilled to see that other countries are eager to join GO FAIR, and have started establishing national offices to support the FAIR movement globally. Austria, for example, launched its FAIR Office Austria on 9 June 2021. Denmark is interested in supporting the development of GO FAIR concepts, training and infrastructures, and so is The Netherlands who aim at contributing to a joint coordination of GO FAIR on the international level as well as starting a national representation. Looking farther East there is China that promotes the FAIR principles to ensure cross-regional interoperability. Communication and cooperation will continue to play a major role within the GO FAIR initiative and in the FAIR movement. The FAIR Festival 2021 has shown how important it is for our community to meet and work on FAIR challenges together. We would like to end with a quote by one of our FAIR Festival 2021 panellists who illustrates this very well:

FAIR is the definition, the essence, of the spirit of Open Science. The FAIR Festival is directly tackling the major challenges deriving from Open Science in a transcontinental manner. It encourages in an impressive way the culture of dialogue between communities making qualified information and data visible, traceable and clear.

Paolo Budroni, TU Wien Coordinator of the Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation / EOSC Support Office Austria

We are looking forward to seeing you again after the summer break – refreshed and recharged, ready to pick up where we left off. Enjoy your summer vacation!

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

  • On 16 June 2021, the GO FAIR US team held a FAIR Workflows webinar. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here.



Interesting reads from the INs

National offices news

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


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 AdvancedNano IN: Martine Bakker and Blair Johnston

Dr Martine Bakker is a project manager at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands (RIVM). Her projects concern the modelling of hazard, exposure and risk of chemicals and materials, including the required data. Since 2019 she has been involved in the Horizon 2020 project Gov4nano. This project aims to develop a proof of concept of an efficient and effective risk governance process for nanotechnologies. In Gov4nano, she is leader of the work package entitled ‘Improving the FAIRness of nanosafety data’ and is one of the initiators of the AdvancedNano IN.
Dr Blair Johnston is a scientist at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), which is located in Berlin, where he works in the Department of Chemical and Product Safety in the Unit of Fiber- and Nanotoxicology. His projects are concerned with the risk assessment of nano and other advanced materials, as well fibers and nano and microscale plastics. He is also working in the Horizon 2020 project, Gov4Nano and in the Infrastructure project NanoCommons. In both projects we are working towards the FAIR use of data, SOPs, tools, and workflows related to the health and safety effects of nano and advanced materials. We are also helping to support the creation of the nascent Nano Risk Governing Council (NRGC) which will help to coordinate the activities related to the governance and risk assessment of nano and advanced materials from a European Regulatory perspective.


National office representatives: Introducing the GO FAIR German office

Meet the team members of GO FAIR Germany: Klaus Tochtermann, Anja Busch and Katharina Kriegel

Since 2010 Prof Dr Klaus Tochtermann has been Professor for Digital Information Infrastructures in the Computer Science Department of Kiel University and Director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. Klaus is involved in numerous committees on the topic of research data management, such as the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures, the EOSC Association or the GO FAIR Initiative.
Anja Busch is working as a project coordinator in the area of Open Science and RDM at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. Since 2017 she has been part of the team of the International Support and Coordination Office of the GO FAIR Initiative to promote the implementation of the FAIR principles. Anja is a career changer. She studied media at the Fachhochschule Kiel and has been working in project management ever since. The project topics varied. She coordinated projects in the field of business development, fundraising and worked for the Global Economic Symposium before becoming involved in Open Science and FAIR.
Since March 2018 Katharina Kriegel has been working as an international PR coordinator for the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics. In this role, she is responsible for communication and event organization. Prior to joining the ZBW, Katharina worked for international organisations in the field of press, communications and outreach, such as the European Union Delegation to the US, and the Goethe-Institut in Washington, DC.



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