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FAIR Convergence Matrix

The FAIR Principles articulate the behaviors expected from digital artifacts that are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and
Reusable by machines and by people. Although by now widely accepted, the FAIR Principles by design do not explicitly consider actual implementation choices enabling FAIR behaviors. As different communities have their own, often well-established implementation preferences and priorities for data reuse, coordinating a broadly accepted, widely used FAIR implementation approach remains a global challenge. In an effort to accelerate broad community convergence on FAIR implementation options, the GO FAIR community has launched the development of the FAIR Convergence Matrix.

The Matrix is a platform that compiles for any community of practice, an inventory of their self-declared FAIR implementation choices and challenges. The Convergence Matrix is itself a FAIR resource, openly available, and encourages voluntary participation by any self-identified community of practice (not only the GO FAIR Implementation Networks). Based on patterns of use and reuse of existing resources, the Convergence Matrix supports the transparent derivation of strategies that optimally coordinate convergence on standards and technologies in the emerging Internet of FAIR Data and Services.

FAIR Convergence Matrix Working Group

The FAIR Convergence Matrix Working Group tracks the planning and development for the Matrix, creating a development plan for a bottom-up, community driven approach that maximizes reuse of existing resources for implementing EOSC and, more broadly, a global Internet of FAIR Data and Services. The first face-to-face meeting of key developers has been held on June 13, 2019 (more info below).

Other research communities such as the ENVRI-FAIR project, FAIRPlus project, and CS3 have independently developed their own approaches but with obvious synergetic overlaps. The Matrix Development Working Group now has regular meetings.

FAIR Implementation Matrix: Development meetings

  • The GO FAIR Matrix was launched in the January 2019 meeting of GO FAIR Implementation Networks. Following the meeting, there has been a rapid progress of the Matrix components including the questionnaire, interfaces, semantics, as well as potential hosting discussions. Slide deck detailing the developments in the GO FAIR Matrix so far.
  • On Thursday June 13, 2019 a development meeting for the FAIR Implementation Matrix was held at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office in Leiden.
  • On Tuesday 22 October 2019 (09:00-12:30) – as part of the 14th RDA Plenary Meeting in Finland, Helsinki – there will be a co-located event on Building a Matrix about the Technologies Used by Research Infrastructures [agenda] at the Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9, Otaniemi, Espoo which will be open to the public.


Data Intelligence – Special Issue

Data Intelligence, supervised by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, published a special issue on Emerging FAIR Practices: The FAIR Convergence Matrix: Optimizing the reuse of existing FAIR-related resources, doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00038.