[CODATA-international] CODATA will play a major role in the GO TRAIN Implementation Network

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Fri Feb 9 05:28:40 EST 2018

On 26 January 2018, more than 20 people attended the GO TRAIN kick-off
meeting in Leiden (the Netherlands). GO TRAIN is one of three GO FAIR
pillars <https://www.go-fair.org/go-fair-initiative/>. Hugh Shanahan (Royal
Holloway, University of London): “We used the meeting to discuss how to
instigate a concerted action of global FAIR data training providers.”

Barend Mons (GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office,
GFISCO): “The High Level Expert Group report on the EOSC
an urgent need to educate and equip up to 500,000 data stewards in Europe.
The​ ​GO TRAIN​ ​pillar will train individuals that will make the best use
of FAIR data and services as well as data stewards that are capable of
providing those services. The GFISCO will support and coordinate the GO
TRAIN pillar. The guiding principles of GO TRAIN were already drafted at a
stakeholder workshop, convened by CODATA in Paris on​ ​3​ ​February​
​2017″​ (read the workshop report

The January 2018 meeting was entitled ‘Realising GO TRAIN – a concerted
action by global data training providers’ and it aimed to establish the
scope, specific goals, and foreseen activities of GO TRAIN. In addition, it
aimed to define the next steps towards realising one or more formal GO
TRAIN Implementation Networks (INs). GO FAIR INs are consortia of
individuals, institutions, projects, and international organisations who
have decided to jointly implement the FAIR principles in their fields
towards the goals of GO FAIR.

The meeting was organised by Hugh Shanahan, Simon Hodson (CODATA), Celia
van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-NL), and Mascha Jansen (GO FAIR). The meeting
featured presentations by Barend Mons (GO FAIR) about the progress of GO
FAIR, Hugh Shanahan about the management structure of GO TRAIN, Erik
Schultes (GO FAIR) about current FAIR training activities, and Albert Mons
(Euretos) about Other People’s Existing Data and Services (OPEDAS
Implementation Network). Participants included a.o. representatives of
CODATA-RDA Data Schools, DANS, DCC, EDISON, ELIXIR, DTL, and Foster.

Van Gelder: “During a number of break-out sessions, we discussed the
overall scope and specific goals of GO TRAIN. In addition, we dedicated
some sessions to the future activities of the GO TRAIN Implementation
Networks. We discussed what a GO TRAIN IN can and should do to advance
training-the-trainer events. And we also talked about an IN’s possible role
in the certification or endorsement of training materials and activities.”

In the closing session of the day, the participants discussed concrete
steps towards the implementation of GO TRAIN. “A number of key decisions
were made, in particular the details on GO TRAIN’s three main goals, i.e.,
developing an appropriate curriculum framework, approaches for endorsing
developed materials and organisations teaching the materials, and
developing a train-the-trainer programme,” concludes Shanahan.


GO FAIR (Global Open FAIR) is a self-governed, community-driven initiative
to accelerate the early development of the Internet of FAIR Data and
Services <https://www.go-fair.org/resources/internet-fair-data-services/>.
GO FAIR originated in Europe, inspired by the European Commission’s High
Level Expert Group on the European Science Cloud (EOSC). GO FAIR will be
implemented by three pillars: GO CHANGE, GO BUILD, and GO TRAIN. GO CHANGE
aims to instigate cultural change to make the FAIR principles a working
standard in science and to reform reward systems to incorporate open
science activities; GO BUILD deals with building the technical
infrastructure; and GO TRAIN which will provide the training and in the
future the mechanism for the standards-compliant certification.
What has CODATA delivered recently? See
the CODATA Prospectus: Strategy and Achievement, 2015-2016

Asha Law | Program Assistant, CODATA | http://www.codata.org

E-Mail: asha at codata.org
Tel (Office): +33 1 45 25 04 96

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