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Dear GO FAIR community,

We are happy to announce that GO FAIR together with CODATA, RDA and WDS – collectively referred to as Data Together – jointly committed to work on optimising the global research data ecosystem to support cross-geographical and cross-disciplinary open science. CODATA and RDA are spearheading two recent initiatives to develop two open research infrastructures that aim at servicing the new reality of data-driven science: CODATA’s Global Open Science Cloud and RDA’s Global Open Research Commons (in collaboration with the WDS). These initiatives came out of a series of meetings held, amongst others, at our FAIR Convergence Symposium Read the full statement.

Registration for the FAIR Festival 2021 on 21-23 June 2021 will open soon. Stay tuned. We are looking forward to three days filled with the FAIR spirit that propels our community to exchanges around FAIR and sessions to dive into FAIR practices. Our plenary sessions will all revolve around the question: Where will the journey go from here? We hope to see you there.

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


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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.

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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.

National office representatives: Introducing the GO FAIR French office

Meet the team members of GO FAIR France: Laurent Crouzet and Xavier Engels

Dr Laurent Crouzet is currently Head of the “Digital Services and Infrastructures” Department at the General Directorate for Research and Innovation of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation. He oversees the strategy on HPC and e-Infrastructures. He is also one of the strategic directors of GO FAIR.
Before joining the Ministry, he was in charge of coordinating the HPC activities of the Physical Science Division of CEA.
Dr Crouzet holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics and a Master Degree in Applied Mathematics, with a “Parallel Computing” mention.


Dr Xavier Engels currently is head of the FAIR Data division within the “Digital Services and Infrastructures” Department at the General Directorate for Research and Innovation of the French Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

With a PhD in political sociology, Xavier Engels has been both a researcher and a project manager for over two decades. He spent several years within the French funding agency (ANR) dealing with international programmes before joining the Ministry.

Since 2017, he has focused on Data-driven science, and has been part of the GO FAIR office since 2018.



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