On the 1st of March, the three-year project FAIRsFAIR coordinated by DANS started. With an initial meeting on the 14th and 15th of March in Amsterdam, the 22 project partners kicked off the project gloriously.
The meeting was held at the CREA Theatre, where roughly 80 members of the projects convened to mark the occasion for the FAIRsFAIR launch. The energetic experts from different scientific disciplines created a cheerful and engaging atmosphere.
It is FAIRsFAIR’s ambition to support the governing bodies of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)in setting up Rules of Participation for the FAIR-principles. Environmental researchers, health- and food scientists, physicists, and social scientists are share at least two aspects: they all conduct and execute research, and, in doing so, they create data. The question is, how can they make sure that this data is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR)? FAIRsFAIR will address this question along with questions about the FAIRness on the level of software, repositories to name but a few.
On the first day of the kick-off meeting, various partners in FAIRsFAIR related projects outlined the similarities within the EOSC-context. Representatives of related projects within miscellaneous scientific domains and research infrastructures talked about the extent to which they are related to FAIRsFAIR and how the parties can join forces on all levels.
The second day was all about in-depth discussions: the attendees discussed the content of their work packages with one another. Overlaps between the work packages necessitate the partners to deliberate their approach towards implementing the FAIR principles. During breakout sessions, concrete plans were made for initial work to be carried out.
After two intense days with substantive discussions, time to get to know each other and network, it has become clear that FAIRsFAIR project will undergo an adventurous journey. Close collaboration of project members and we will overcome these challenges.
The present communication does not constitute the European Commission to a formal commitment for funding. The final decision by the Commission will only be taken at a later stage, since it depends on the finalisation of grant preparation and the rest of the selection procedure.
‘FAIRsFAIR: Fostering FAIR Data Practices in Europe’ has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 project call H2020-INFRAEOSC-2018-5-2018-2019 (c), grant agreement 831558.