Dear GO FAIR community,
We hope that you had a pleasant summer break, and were able to recharge your energy.
While everything tends to slow down during the summer months we are still happy to share with you that the US GO FAIR office was awarded a grant to fund the next annual GO FAIR event. Stay tuned!
Also worth mentioning is that in July 2021 the science ministers of the G7 countries met and discussed, among other things, strengthening international research cooperation. As a result the G7 Research Compact was adopted, which emphasizes further promotion of open science efforts. The G7 nations commit to work together to “explore incentives, including enhancements to research assessment that foster recognition and reward collaboration across all disciplines and topics to drive a culture of rapid sharing of knowledge, data, software, code and other research resources”, and to “investigate how open science practices help achieve increasingly robust, reliable and impactful research outcomes”.
In this context we would like to draw your attention to the initiatives of our partners under Data Together, CODATA and RDA, who both aim to contribute to an increased collaboration, alignment and interoperability of the regional open science infrastructures by activities under the CODATA’s Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) and RDA’s Global Open Research Commons (GORC). At the end of June, CODATA held a virtual event to introduce the GOSC initiative and to invite participation in the initial GOSC Working Groups and Case Studies.
Fall is just around the corner, and surely your calendar will quickly fill up again. Therefore, we would like to highlight two upcoming Data Stewardship Competence Centers IN activities: On 4-5 October 2021 the National Chapters Brazil, Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland and US will gather to share their knowledge and plan joint activities. Following this workshop, the German chapter “GO UNITE!” will meet on 29 October to discuss and collaborate on topics revolving around training in research data management. In addition, the FAIR Digital Object Forum – our newest GO FAIR Implementation Network – is organizing its first Community Meeting that will take place on 15-16 October 2021 and will be the first gathering to disseminate the steps of FDO until now and engage the community of interested experts in the discussions.
With this in mind, we are looking forward to continuing to work together with you in the next season and advancing FAIRification in research data management.
All the best,
Laurent Crouzet, Barend Mons & Klaus Tochtermann
Strategic Directors, GO FAIR Initiative
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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 Implementation Networks
FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) Forum IN
The FDO Forum IN is a group of international experts from relevant research institutions and infrastructure initiatives committed to specify FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) and its components and to foster the implementation of an infrastructure ready to support FDO practically. The FDO Forum will actively work together with working groups from other initiatives such as RDA, OAI, W3C, ISO, and IETF to achieve these goals. As the name already indicates, the FAIR principles are the starting point of the IN’s considerations. They will look for a variety of implementation models that meet the FDO requirements. IN Coordinators are Christine Kirkpatrick, Dimitris Koureas, George Strawn and Peter Wittenburg.
- FAIR Festival 2021 throwback: Read our press release “FAIR change in research data management – international community is growing” that includes links to the plenary recordings and workshop presentations.
- Listen to this podcast about the transition to big data-driven science and its role during the Corona pandemic featuring Barend Mons.
- Learn more about the FAIR Implementation Profile in this 3-part video series with Erik Schultes.
- The CO-OPERAS IN launched a new blog to advance FAIRification, and released a preprint version of their paper on “FAIRifying a scholarly publishing service: Elements for a toolkit” on Zenodo.
- VODAN-Africa researchers published the research article on FAIR Digital Data Health Infrastructure in Africa, and also created a video giving some more background information on the research undertaken.
- The Open Science FAIR 2021 will take place on 20-23 September 2021. You can still register!
- The deadline for proposals for EDDI21, the 13th Annual European DDI User Conference has been extended to 15 September 2021.
- The 18th Research Data Alliance Virtual Plenary Meeting will take place on 3-18 November 2021. Registration is open.
- Call for researchers to shape the EOSC Future solutions: EOSC Future is seeking researchers from all scientific fields to support the co-design of EOSC. Apply by 15 September 2021.
- The Virtual SciDataCon 2021 will take place on 18-28 October 2021. Registration is free and will be available shortly. Stay tuned.
- Apply for the WDS-ITO Data Prize! The World Data System International Technology Office invites you to show how you facilitate the pipeline of data between repositories and analytics engines.
National offices news
- The US GO FAIR office is happy to announce:
- The launch of their US GO FAIR Newsletter: Read the first edition and subscribe to their newsletter to stay up-to-date on GO FAIR US office activities.
- Melissa and Christine were recently awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to fund a GO FAIR event in the next several months.
- The FAIR Data Stewardship Listserv: Subscribe to the listserv to engage in conversations about Data Stewardship topics.
- A group of scientists, including bioinformatics researcher Eoin Fahy from the San Diego Supercomputer center, advance the study of the body’s metabolic systems through bold approaches in data repository management.
- Michael Barton, a West Hub affiliate, urged scientists to share their COVID-19 models as a way to ensure that their code was transparent and FAIR. His call to action brought 56,000 individuals to his social and ecological model gateway called CoMSES.Net.
- The GO FAIR office Austria informs that on 20 October 2021 the project “FAIR Data Austria” will be presented at the Coffee Lecture organized by the University of Hildesheim (in German only).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us where you can be met in the future.
- 15 September 2021, virtual: Meet Elena from the CO-OPERAS IN who will give a training course on “FAIR Data in Social Sciences and Humanities”
- 27 September – 1 October 2021, virtual: Say hello to Claudio, Rare Diseases IN member at the International Summer School on Rare Disease Registries and FAIRification of Data
- 18-21 October 2021, St. John’s, NL (Canada): Meet Luiz and João at the 3rd Workshop on Conceptual Modeling, Ontologies and (Meta)data Management for FAIR Data (CMOMM4FAIR).
- 25 October 2021: Meet Luiz and João at the workshop “Semantic Interoperability of Sensitive Data in Federated AI (SISFAI)”
- 4-5 October 2021, virtual: Meet the DSCC IN Coordinators Angus, Diba and Valentina as well as its members at their National Chapters’ Meeting.
- 14 October 2021, virtual: Say hi to IN representatives at the 1st Community Input Meeting of the FAIR Digital Object Forum.
- 21 October 2021, virtual: Say hello to Monika and Patrick from the German DSCC IN chapter at their GO UNITE! autumn workshop. Special guest: Anna from the Polish chapter.
- 28 September 2021, virtual: Say hello to the GO FAIR US team who will be hosting a webinar on the FAIR Island Project. More information coming soon. 28 October 2021, virtual: Say hi to team members of the GO FAIR US office hosting a talk about the US Geological Survey on the development of a FAIR Roadmap. More information coming soon.
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.
Meet the coordinators of the CO-OPERAS IN: Elena Giglia, Suzanne Dumouchel, Arnaud Gingold and Karla Avanço
|Thanks to her strong expertise in Open Science, both in project managing and in training, Elena Giglia ensures the scientific coordination of CO-OPERAS IN since its creation. PhD, Masters’ Degree in Librarianship and Masters’ Degree in Public Institutions Management, Elena is Head of the Open Science Office at the University of Turin. She collaborated with the Italian Ministry of Research in drafting the National Plan Open Science, to be published in 2021. Elena has been part of the European Open Science network for many years, attending national and international conferences, being a member of several national and international working groups and a partner in three Horizon2020 projects. She coordinates the CO-OPERAS Implementation Network in GO FAIR and represents Italy in the OPERAS research infrastructure Executive Assembly. She is OPERAS delegate within the EOSC Association. Elena is very active as Open Science trainer and advocate, and serves in several Scientific Committees (f. ex. OAI-CERN workshop on Innovation in Scholarly Communication) and Advisory Boards.
|Through her responsibilities in the EOSC Association and the OPERAS RI, Suzanne Dumouchel facilitates the integration of CO-OPERAS in the European landscape, fostering useful collaborations. As the coordinator of OPERAS, Suzanne develops and supports the OPERAS partnerships strategy. She holds a PhD in French Literature. Working at the large infrastructure Huma-Num (CNRS unit), she is the scientific coordinator of the TRIPLE project which aims to develop a discovery platform for social sciences and humanities (SSH) data, profiles and projects. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the EOSC Association. Suzanne is deeply involved in the Open Science movement, from two perspectives: SSH and infrastructures.
|Experienced as a data manager for various projects, Arnaud (or “Ā nuò” in Chinese) Gingold is responsible for the overall management of CO-OPERAS. Arnaud ensures data consistency and the application of the FAIR principles throughout OPERAS.
With a dual background in linguistics and digital resources management, he started working in university libraries and was a digital curator for a CNRS Open Archive.
He joined OPERAS in 2016 as a Technical Coordinator for the related HIRMEOS project and is based at OpenEdition in Marseille, France. Arnaud is also project manager for CO-OPERAS.
|Gathering skills in scientific publishing, translation, and linguistics, Karla Avanço takes care of the internal and external communication of the CO-OPERAS network.
Karla is the community manager of CO-OPERAS IN. With a PhD in linguistics, she reoriented to natural language processing. She also has experience in the areas of scientific translation and scientific publication. Karla is currently based at OpenEdition in Marseille, France.
National office representatives: Introducing the GO FAIR Austria office
Meet the team members of GO FAIR Austria: Barbara Sánchez Solís, Susanne Blumesberger, Alexander Gruber, lire Hasani-Mavriqi, Tereza Kalová and Sarah Stryeck
|Barbara Sánchez Solís is Head of the Center for Research Data Management at TU Wien. The Center is currently dedicated to implementing institutional RDM infrastructures like data and database repositories, machine actionable DMP services as well as RDM trainings. Barbara is involved in EOSC supporting projects, and locally, in the ministry-funded project FAIR Data Austria in which she is particularly entrusted with setting up FAIR Data Austria. She believes in team work and in bringing different expertise together, thus making open science an integral part of research.
Susanne Blumesberger is an academic librarian and Head of the Department of Repository Management PHAIDRA-Services at the Vienna University Library. The department not only runs the university-wide repository PHAIDRA and other repositories but also offers consulting for data management, data archiving, and data management plans. Susanne is involved in international projects such as OpenAIRE, but also in national ones such as FAIR Data Austria, which she is in charge of for the University of Vienna. She combines many years of experience in research data management with the joy of working with different stakeholders to make research FAIR.
|Alexander Gruber is Data Steward and Project Assistant in the RDM team at Graz University of Technology. The Research Data Management team promotes the significance of RDM issues and to foster the adoption of RDM practices on the part of TU Graz researchers. His responsibilities include data stewardship (consulting, training, policy development, etc.) and project management support for FAIR Data Austria. His main focus is the development of training and introductory material on RDM topics and tools, as well as the Data Champions programme at TU Graz.
|Iire Hasani-Mavriqi is Head of the RDM team at TU Graz and Senior Researcher at Know-Center. The RDM team is the main contact for all matters related to Research Data Management, Open Science and EOSC at TU Graz, and is directly involved in various EOSC activities. Among her most relevant activities, she is the coordinator of the FAIR Data Austria project and she is also part of the management team of the newly established Austrian EOSC Mandated Organisation and the EOSC Support Office Austria.
|Tereza Kalová is a Project Manager in FAIR Data Austria and a librarian in the Department of Repository Management PHAIDRA-Services at the Vienna University Library. Her work focuses on the development of interactive training courses on Open Science and Research Data Management topics for researchers. She also designs the first postgraduate certificate course for data stewards at the University of Vienna. She is an avid advocate for Open Knowledge and FAIR Research.
|Sarah Stryeck is Deputy Head of the RDM team and Senior Researcher at Know-Center. As project researcher in data stewardship, she is involved in the conception and development of services and policies for research data management. Sarah has a PhD in biochemistry (Medical University of Graz, 2019) and, before joining the RDM team, she was involved in a variety of projects in the field of integrated structural biology and metabolism research.
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