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Dear GO FAIR community,

The global grand challenges of our age – including climate change mitigation, sustainable development, disaster risk reduction, response to infectious disease pandemics, resilience in cities and other complex human environments – all depend on the ability to combine, analyse, and visualise data from heterogeneous sources created in different knowledge domains. To achieve widespread FAIR data and associated services needed to meet these grand challenges, diverse stakeholders must choose their FAIR implementations wisely. This process of informed and coordinated decision-making is convergence, and is the theme of the International FAIR Convergence Symposium 2020 (27 November – 04 December 2020) that we are co-hosting with CODATA.

We are looking forward to soon coming together with researchers, scientists, data stewards and curators, infrastructure service providers and many more from all over the world to advance cross-domain convergence around FAIR. We have received many interesting session proposals, which were thoroughly reviewed, and we are eager to share the programme with you: https://conference.codata.org/FAIRconvergence2020/programme/ Registration is open until Monday, 16 November 2020: https://conference.codata.org/conference/FAIRconvergence2020/registration/

In preparation of this FAIR convergence symposium GO FAIR is organizing pre-symposium workshops led by Erik Schultes with a focus on FAIR Implementation Profiles and convergence for different research communities. On 19 November participants of all workshops will reconvene to propose convergence strategies which will be reported during our FAIR Symposium. Read a short report about these workshops on our website.

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



Interesting reads from the INs

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:

Giovanni Pizzi, IN Coordinator of the Materials Cloud IN

Giovanni Pizzi is senior researcher at EPFL, Switzerland. His research interests focus on high-throughput computational design and discovery of novel materials, and on the development and application of multiscale methods based on Wannier functions (he is co-author of the Wannier90 code).

He is project leader of the swissuniversities “Materials Cloud” project, of the Open Science project OSSCAR of the Open Science Platform of the NCCR MARVEL and member of the Executive Committee of the MaX European Centre of Excellence. Giovanni coordinates the development of AiiDA (a software automating simulation workflows while automatically tracking their full provenance, thus guaranteeing reproducibility) and of Materials Cloud (a web platform for cloud data generation and FAIR-data sharing of computational research).

He is coordinator of the GO FAIR Materials Cloud IN, aiming at providing open-source and robust tools to help researchers ensure reproducibility of computational research and FAIR access to the resulting data.

Executive Board representative:

Peter Kraker, Member of the GO FAIR Executive Board & IN Coordinator of the Discovery IN

Peter Kraker is an expert in visualizing scholarly communication and a longtime open science advocate. He is a core team member of the Open Science Network Austria (OANA) and previously managed the topic of Open Science at the Know-Center (Graz University of Technology). In 2015, Peter founded Open Knowledge Maps, a non-profit dedicated to improving the visibility of scientific knowledge for science and society alike. Increased visibility is also what Peter and a group of researchers, librarians, and infrastructure experts are tackling in the Discovery IN – by applying human-centered design to the development of open user interfaces and other user-facing services for research data discovery.



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