08 July 2020

Formulating guidelines for data and infrastructure service providers is key to the realisation of an ecosystem in which findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR) research data can be easily shared and optimally reused, driving down inefficiencies in the current academic system and enabling new forms of data-driven discovery. An article entitled "Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem" just published in the journal Patterns, puts forward key recommendations resulting from an extensive community consultation process which gathered and prioritised feedback on the challenges and priorities for services to support FAIR data.

08 June 2020

The use of persistent identifiers across the data lifecycle emerged as a topic of key interest at the recent FAIRsFAIR webinar FAIRification of Services – Two Examples which highlighted two deliverables from FAIRsFAIR,  one on the subject of sustainable support for semantic interoperability and the other concerning the development of FAIR-enabling practices. This article summarises and extends the discussion.

26 May 2020

The challenge of helping repositories to expose their (meta) data in a more FAIR manner is not independent of making the metadata itself more interoperable. Two virtual sessions recently organised by FAIRsFAIR Work package 2 (FAIR Practices: Semantics, Interoperability, and Services) highlighted and further developed the findings from two reports which explore these twin issues.

20 May 2020

Representatives from across the digital repository community have collaboratively developed the TRUST Principles, a set of guidelines to demonstrate trustworthiness in digital laboratories. The resulting paper, The TRUST Principles for digital repositories, has just been published in in the Nature Research journal Scientific Data. 

21 April 2020

Reacting to the COVID-19 emergency presents the scientific community with a unique opportunity to exploit the power of data across domains and several FAIRsFAIR partners are playing a strategic role. FAIRsFAIR supported repositories are also doing significant work. We surveyed them to understand how they were contributing to COVID-19 research, how such involvement would affect their activities in the short or long term, and how the support from FAIRsFAIR could benefit their activities.

15 April 2020

While Europe discusses its data strategy, the digital transformation must be on the radar of universities. Digital skills, the infrastructure and support for “FAIR” research data management, and the European Open Science Cloud are crucial elements to foster more digital science, argues Lennart Stoy, Project Officer in the Research & Innovation Unit at EUA, FAIRsFAIR partner involved in the FAIR Data Science and Professionalisation project activities, in this blog post.

14 April 2020

The RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group is pleased to announce the public comment period for the FAIR Data Maturity Model specification and guidelines, as part of the process to propose an RDA Recommendation in mid-2020. The document is available for public review until 13 May 2020. The work of the FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group started in early 2019.

24 March 2020

Hervé L’Hours, Repository & Preservation Manager at the UK Data Archive recently took part in the first FAIRsFAIR project workshop, which he looks back on. Re-reading a draft from February about travelling to offer face-to-face support seems like a million years ago now.  Though we’re all moving to purely online modes of support the need for FAIR and Open research data in trustworthy repositories is clearer than ever. The most important point is that these infrastructures are ultimately made of people.

09 March 2020

As part of the 15th International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC), FAIRsFAIR ran a half day workshop to share practical suggestions on how to support a FAIR data culture. The fully booked session took place on the morning of February 17, 2020 at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland. 

10 February 2020

The annual EOSC Symposium is the premier event in the EOSC calendar and unites stakeholders around intense discussion over three full and stimulating days.  During the 2019 evemt, the FAIRsFAIR team actively contributed to five sessions around FAIR practices, FAIR metrics, FAIR skills and training, the certification of FAIR services, and semantic interoperability across infrastructures.  The proceedings from these sessions and the key takeaways from the ensuing discussions are presented in the report below.