[CODATA-international] WorldFAIR: Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice – Kick-Off Meeting introduces major new initiative to advance implementation of the FAIR data principles

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Jun 30 12:08:49 EDT 2022

The WorldFAIR project held a successful kick-off meeting online on 9 June
2022, with representatives from the European Commission and all nineteen
participating organisations from Europe and beyond. The WorldFAIR project
is a major new global collaboration between partners from thirteen
countries across Africa, Australasia, Europe, and North and South America.
WorldFAIR will advance implementation of the FAIR data principles
<https://force11.org/info/the-fair-data-principles/>, in particular those
for Interoperability, by developing a cross-domain interoperability
framework and recommendations for FAIR assessment in a set of eleven
disciplines or cross-disciplinary research areas.

Colleagues were welcomed to this European Commission-funded project by
Marta Truco Calbet, Project Officer, Research Executive Agency; and Javier
Lopez Albacete from the EC’s Open Science Unit.  Project coordinator, CODATA
<https://codata.org/> and key partner, the Research Data Alliance
<https://www.rd-alliance.org/> outlined project governance and
administration, before each of the case studies from a range of
domain-specific and cross-domain research areas
their work package team and aims.

The WorldFAIR case studies have been carefully chosen to provide maximum
impact. The objective of each case study is to develop an interoperability
framework for their discipline or interdisciplinary research area. They are
clustered in connected groups in order to maximise scope while retaining a
critical mass of activity and allowing learning and cross-fertilisation of
ideas. Collected from CODATA and RDA activities and partnerships, the case
studies include leading organisations in a range of research areas,
supporting the creation of outputs with global impact.

Encouragingly, the case studies began to identify connections points across
work packages straight away.  CODATA Executive Director Simon Hodson, said,
“The keystone recommendation of the Turning FAIR into Reality report, and
perhaps the most challenging, is Recommendation Four, which calls for the
development of interoperability frameworks, based on standards, for
established domains and, in particular, for emerging cross-domain research
areas of global importance. The WorldFAIR project offers a fantastic
opportunity to explore how this may be done—and implemented—in a range of
research fields. We are particularly excited that this project will enhance
the European Research Area by taking a genuinely global approach and,
exceptionally, includes institutions in countries generally outside the
scope of EU funding. This is farsighted thinking on the part of the
European Commission and leverages the strengths of CODATA and RDA, two
organisations with international missions and reach.”

This work will form the core of CODATA’s contribution to the International
Science Council (ISC) <https://council.science/> Action Plan Project
2.1, Making
Data Work For Cross-Domain Grand Challenges
WorldFAIR will run for 24 months from 1 June 2022 and is funded by the
European Commission through its Horizon Europe Framework Programme, project
call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-01, grant agreement 101058393.



*WorldFAIR: Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice – *a major
two-year project starts 1 June 2022!

April 2022 publications
<https://codata.org/april-2022-publications-in-the-data-science-journal/> in
the CODATA Data Science Journal <https://datascience.codata.org/>

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