[CODATA-international] Turning FAIR Data into Reality - Report and Action Plan Consultation until 5 August

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Thu Jun 14 12:21:00 EDT 2018

The European Commission's Expert Group on FAIR Data, chaired by Simon
Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, published the interim report 'Turning
FAIR Data into Reality' <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1285272> and
the interim
'FAIR Data Action Plan' <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1285290> on 11 June
2018 at the Second EOSC Summit in Brussels

Interim Report and Action Plan

The interim report and Action Plan are available from the Zenodo repository
with the DOI-URLs below:

   - *Interim FAIR Data Report: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1285272
   - *Interim FAIR Data Action Plan: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1285290

Consultation until 5 August

Consultation is being conducted on the interim report and Action Plan until
5 August 2018.  A commentable version of the report is available on Google
Drive <http://bit.ly/interim_FAIR_report>.  Structured comments on the
Action Plan and specific recommendations and actions may be made via a
dedicated GitHub repository <https://github.com/FAIR-Data-EG/action-plan>.

   - *Comment on Report: http://bit.ly/interim_FAIR_report
   - *Comment on Action Plan: https://github.com/FAIR-Data-EG/action-plan

The Expert Group will conduct webinars to support and facilitated the
consutlation and these will be announced in due course.

About the Expert Group and the Report

It is recognised that FAIR data (data that are Findable, Accessible,
Interoperable and Reusable) play an essential role in the objectives of
Open Science to improve and accelerate scientific research, to increase the
engagement of society, and to contribute significantly to economic growth.
Accordingly, ‘the Open Science agenda contains the ambition to make FAIR
data sharing the default for scientific research by 2020.’ The overall
objective of the European Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR data into
reality is to help operationalise and facilitate the achievement of this

To this end, this report that examines the FAIR data principles, considers
other supporting concepts and discusses the changes necessary, as well as
existing activities and stakeholders to make these interventions.
Recommendations and actions are presented as an Action Plan for
consideration by the Commission, Member States and leading stakeholders in
the research and data communities.

It might have been possible to take a data centric point of view and to
work through the FAIR principles slavishly or systematically (depending on
your point of view) asking what needs to be done to achieve each one. The
Expert Group decided at an early point that this would not be the most
effective approach to our task. Rather we felt it was important to take a
holistic and systemic approach and to describe the broader range of changes
required to achieve FAIR data. It is hoped that what has emerged will be at
one and the same time an Action Plan that will be immediately useful and a
longer standing survey and discussion, providing a discursive framework for
ongoing considerations of how to make FAIR data a reality.

Consultation is open on the interim report and Action Plan and we actively
invite constructive feedback. Does the Action Plan highlight the correct
priorities? Are the recommendations sound and the actions tangible and
achievable? Are they presented in a way that will helpfully guide the
stakeholders mentioned? Is the Action Plan sufficiently grounded in the
discussions and arguments of the broader report? Given the way this
particularly piece of marble has already been cut and carved, what still
needs to be done to make a polished statue emerge?

Consultation on the interim report was launched at the EOSC summit on 11
June 2018 and initiated by means of a workshop at that meeting. It will be
pursued by online means and by webinars until 5 August. A final version of
the Report and Action Plan will be published at the Austrian Presidency
event on 23 November.

The group has conducted its work by means of face-to-face and virtual
meetings and a lot of asynchronous, collaborative work with the text. All
members of the group have contributed substantively and substantially to
the text. We hope that we have harnessed the strength and collective wisdom
of the Expert Group, while minimising the flaws of group authorship. Our
approach has been discursive and we have endeavoured to explore the
arguments relating to FAIR in detail to identify the key steps needed for
implementation. This is an iterative process and the final version of the
report will present a more condensed argument.

The group has been chaired by Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director, with
Sarah Jones, Associate Director of the Digital Curation Centre, as
Rapporteur; but in effect the two have acted as co-chairs.

Membership of the Expert Group

   - Sandra Collins, National Library of Ireland
   - Françoise Genova, Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg
   - Natalie Harrower, Digital Repository of Ireland
   - Simon Hodson, CODATA, Chair of the Group
   - Sarah Jones, Digital Curation Centre, Rapporteur
   - Leif Laaksonen, CSC-IT Center for Science
   - Daniel Mietchen, Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
   - Rūta Petrauskaité, Vytautas Magnus University
   - Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Computing and Data Facility




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SciDataCon, 25 June:* consult the Call for Papers
<https://www.scidatacon.org/conference/IDW2018/call_for_papers/> and
the Accepted
Sessions <https://www.scidatacon.org/IDW2018/sessions/>.

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