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Dear GO FAIR community,

The IN Meeting we held in January in Leiden has left us more than confident that “community” is now indeed a proper term to address you. It was wonderful seeing people sit together discussing their implementation choices, realizing where they can help each other out and sharing that feeling of being part of something big especially when George Strawn was giving his inspiring speech.
In order to help keep your newly forged bonds alive and growing, the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO) has created this newsletter. Its objective is to provide you with updates on people within the GO FAIR community and their activities every other month – not via a whole lot of text, but via easily digestible bits of information.
This first version of the newsletter starts out with the sections GO Read (information on newly approved INs, recent IN activities and opportunities), GO Meet (information on opportunities to meet up with GO FAIR members at conferences and workshops) and “People of GO FAIR” (short profiles of two GO FAIR members).
In the future, we rely on your feedback and input to shape this newsletter, to make it a truly useful tool for you. As you know, the GFISCO is here to support you. So, please do provide us with your comments and input at go-fair@zbw.eu and enjoy the read!

All the best,
Patrick Garda, 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.

New “active” GO FAIR Implementation Networks:

The Implementation Network “FAIR Standards, Repositories, and Policies” wants to better promote the existence, value, and use of FAIR standards, databases, repositories and policies by expanding on the community-driven work of FAIRsharing.org. It aims to close possible knowledge gaps between groups who develop resources (i.e. other GO FAIR INs) and their relevant stakeholder communities. Thus, FAIR StRePo touches and interoperates with a number of other INs, and across each of the GO FAIR pillars (GO TRAIN, GO BUILD and GO CHANGE). IN leaders are Peter McQuilton and Susanna Sansone (both Oxford e-Research Centre and part of the FAIRsharing team).

Food Systems
The main objective of the Food Systems IN is to support the implementation of FAIR principles in agriculture and food sciences. For this purpose, its members will develop digital infrastructures inspired by the “Farm Data Train” and compile a collection of tools, resources, and methodologies with a special focus on achieving semantic interoperability as well as use cases and dissemination materials. IN leaders are Ben Schaap (GODAN – Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition / Wageningen UR) and Sophie Aubin (INRA – French National Institute for Agricultural Research).

The Metabolomics Implementation Network brings together cheminformaticians, bioinformaticians, biologists, data scientists, computer scientists, representatives from data archives and publishers whose goal it is to reduce the hurdles to metabolomics and fluxomics data discovery, dissemination and reuse. Among other things, the IN wants to develop strategies to generate metabolomics data “FAIR at source” and apply the FAIR metrics in the field of metabolomics. Collaboration with other INs and community outreach via hackathons or workshops are also part of the plan. IN leader is Merlijn van Rijswijk, Netherlands Metabolomics Centre.

Personal Health Train
The Personal Health Train (PHT) Implementation Network is developing a distributed infrastructure which permits data to be processed at their location of origin. Thus, the PHT architecture enables a responsible (re)use of healthcare and biomedical data. The IN wants to ensure maximal interoperability between independently developed implementations by providing standards, guidelines, specifications and reference implementations of the PHT’s core components. IN leaders are Oya Beyan (Fraunhofer FIT), Andre Dekker (MAASTRO Clinic), Oliver Kohlbacher (University of Tübingen).

Reports from internal events

  • The Discovery IN had its kick-off call on March 5, 2019. The participating IN members confirmed the IN’s mission and discussed its focus. They are now proceeding with a stock-taking of use cases, interfaces, tools and services and are planning a face-to-face meeting in fall/winter.


  • 23-26 September 2019, Seoul (South Korea): If your IN plans to use or already uses the metadata terms maintained by the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative, their annual conference DCMI2019 might be for you: Call for participation (deadline: 26 April 2019).

GO Meet

This section gives you an overview of conferences and workshops where you can meet up with fellow GO FAIR members if you happen to attend the same event or are in the same town. We think that it is always more pleasant to interact face-to-face rather than just virtually.

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:


  • 3 April 2019, Bielefeld (Germany): Drop by and say hi to Silvia Wissel from the GO FAIR office at the Conquaire Workshop
  • 3-5 April 2019, Fiesole (Italy): Meet Ines Drefs from the GO FAIR office at Fiesole
  • 9-10 April 2019, Frankfurt/ Main (Germany): Say hello to Ines Drefs at the INEXDA workshop
  • 16-18 April 2019, Boston (USA): Meet Erik Schultes from GO FAIR at the Bio-IT Hackathon
  • 24-25 April 2019, Vienna (Austria): Say hi to Barend Mons at the workshop „Linking Open Science in Austria
  • 7 May 2019, Turin (Italy): Meet Erik Schultes from GO FAIR at the Focus on Open Science workshop, Chapter XIII: Turin
  • 8 May 2019, Amsterdam (the Netherlands): Say hello to Luiz Bonino from the GO FAIR office at the CDISC Europe Interchange Conference
  • 16 May 2019, Copenhagen (Denmark): Say hi to Erik Schultes at the NeIC 2019
  • 21-22 May 2019, Hayes (United Kingdom): Meet Erik Schultes at the P-D-R Special Meeting “Breaking down the data silos: FAIRification of external data”

INternal events

Meet INs:

  • 20-21 May 2019, Paris (France): Hugh Shanahan and other GO TRAIN enthusiasts hold a workshop to build a terminology framework for FAIR competences


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: one IN representative and one Steering Committee representative.

IN representative:

Peter Kraker, leader of the new 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 in the Social Computing group at 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 other scholarly communication experts are tackling in the Discovery IN – by applying human-centered design to the development of open user interfaces for research data discovery.

Steering Committee representative:

Aart Jan Bette, Dutch ministerial representative

Aart Jan Bette is Head of Unit at the Research and Science Policy Directorate for the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. In the Directorate he is engaged with the Open Science policy of the Netherlands and Chair of the National Platform Open Science. This platform was launched after the publication of the National Plan Open Science on 9 February 2017. In this capacity Aart Jan Bette is the ministerial representative in the Steering Committee for GO FAIR. Before his appointment at the Science Directorate, he was amongst else Head of the International Affairs Division at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment.



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