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Towards a European network of FAIR-enabling TDRs
2 September 2022
Over the last few months, DANS was part of the author team that created a working paper on the creation of a European network of FAIR-enabling Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs). This working paper depicts the vision of this Network and the next steps to make it a reality. The paper has now been published online.
The working paper “Towards a European network of FAIR-enabling Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs)” has been published on Zenodo. The team of volunteer authors, from different organisations all throughout Europe, created the paper to depict a vision of how the Network could be created and what next steps need to be taken to make this a reality. The paper was created in continuation of the initial workshop that was organised on 13 January 2022 by FAIRsFAIR, SSHOC, and EOSC-Nordic, in which a large part of the European repository community indicated a desire for this Network.
The core of the working paper describes the main functions the Network should have to address the main challenges in the community: Networking and knowledge exchange, stakeholder advocacy and engagement, and coordination and development. The functions and accompanying activities are described and depicted to show the potential of the Network. Next, the paper describes the steps that need to be taken to further detail and develop the Network, including membership, business model, and governance.
The paper was created with input from the European repository community, as a consultation questionnaire was extended to the community in June 2022. The published paper will serve as input for the EOSC Task Force on Long Term Digital Preservation. One of the core activities mentioned in the charter of this Task Force is to produce recommendations on the creation of such a network. This will carry on the vision of the Network further.
Read the working paper “Towards a European network of FAIR-enabling Trustworthy Digital Repositories (TDRs)” on Zenodo.