Trustworthy data repositories capable of curating FAIR data for researchers are a critical requirement for a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). WP4 will support the co-development and implementation of certification schemes for trusted data repositories enabling FAIR research data in the EOSC.
In line with the “Turning FAIR into Reality” report from the European Commission expert group on FAIR data, FAIRsFAIR will augment existing certification mechanisms for digital data repositories, such as CoreTrustSeal. These established procedures and standards of the CoreTrustSeal requirements emerged from research data community work to identify key practices for data repositories which support long term access to reusable data.
This WP will take an iterative approach to consider where FAIR object maturity can be aligned with the existing CoreTrustSeal requirements, and where additional requirements might be desirable. These Extended Requirements, supported by clear evaluated procedures, will provide the input for the iterative testing and revision of repository certification mechanisms for trustworthy data repositories in the EOSC. Initial version of repository certification mechanism to be released in May 2020.
It is expected that the outcome of this approach is directly relevant to the CoreTrustSeal Requirements. Reference to FAIR and FAIR language being more incorporated in the CoreTrustSeal Requirements will help researchers and data repositories to maintain FAIR data in trustworthy repositories.
Close alignment with developments and work in Research Data Alliance (RDA) and EOSC-context is very important, as in other initiatives and projects aiming at making research data FAIR.