FAIRsFAIR Design Workshop on FAIR Competencies for Higher Education. Blog post by Lennart Stoy

On 8 and 9 October 2020, FAIRsFAIR organised a design workshop entitled FAIR Competencies for Higher Education as part of the ongoing project effort to advance the integration of data stewardship within higher education curricula. Hosted by the University of Amsterdam and the European University Association and linked to the project activities on FAIR Data Science and Professionalisation, the workshop brought together 24 participants from all over Europe and different sectors to present and discuss the efforts of FAIRsFAIR and other stakeholders in this area.


How is FAIRsFAIR supporting the repositories selected for CoreTrustSeal Certification? Blog post by Frans Huigen and Ilona von Stein

The FAIR Certification work group selected ten selected repositories to receive funding and support to obtain their CoreTrustSeal Certification. In exchange, they help us with connecting the CoreTrustSeal Requirements to the FAIR principles. Ultimately, the goal is to have FAIR-enabling Trusted Digital Repositories (TDRs). Let’s have a look at the process: how does FAIRsFAIR support these ten repositories in their journey towards trust and FAIR?  

FAIR metrics and certification, rewards and recognition, skills and training: FAIRsFAIR contribution to the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

The recent open consultation on the EOSC Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda invited FAIRsFAIR and other European stakeholders and international bodies to contribute to the revisions to the document currently in place. An update of the SRIA will be presented at the EOSC Symposium this October. FAIRsFAIR took part in the open consultation by submitting a response which collected the input of the team members involved in the project.


How FAIR is Research in Europe today? Blog post by Marjan Grootveld, DANS, FAIRsFAIR Synchronisation Force

Do you remember the recommendations for “Turning FAIR into Reality” (TFiR)? In 2018 the European Commission expert group on FAIR data delivered an important report with an Action Plan and 27 recommendations, aiming at various stakeholders. FAIRsFAIR took the iniative to measure progress towards implementing these recommendations: where are we now with making research data FAIR?


Integrating FAIR Data Science Competences in Higher Education Curricula: The Role of Academic and Research Libraries 

At the LIBER 2020 Annual Conference, FAIRsFAIR and the LIBER Digital Skills for Library Staff & Researchers Working Group organised a workshop to discuss the role of academic and research libraries in assimilating the FAIR principles into higher education curricula. Lessons learned from the participants further enriched the findings from a recent FAIRsFAIR survey into the state of FAIR in this field - report by Claudia Engelhardt of FAIRsFAIR partner Göttingen State and University Library.


How repositories can contribute their FAIR share

At the Open Repositories 2020 virtual conference in June, FAIRsFAIR offered an interactive workshop centred around the recently published report FAIRsFAIR's Transition Support Programme for Repositories. In this article, conference speaker Patricia Herterich of FAIRsFAIR partner organisation Digital Curation Centre documents her experience speaking to 215 attendees from around the world and highlights key recommendations from the report.


FAIR Certification of Repositories - The User Perspective

FAIRsFAIR took advantage of their presence at EOSC-hub Week 2020, surveying 66 currently active service providers, repository managers, data services managers, and users to discover their thoughts and opinions about the FAIR certification of repositories and other data services. This article, authored by Linas Cepinskas of FAIRsFAIR partner organisation DANS, summarises the findings from five strategic questions posed to participants in a session chaired by Hylke Koers (SURFsara), Ilona von Stein (DANS) and Sara Pittonet (TRUST-IT).

Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem

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. The article entitled "Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem" and authored by representatives from FAIRsFAIR, FREYA, OpenAIRE, EOSC-hub, and RDA Europe, 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.

The Question of Persistent Identifiers

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.

Metadata and Interoperability

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.