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Webinar – FAIR Data in Trustworthy Data Repositories: Everybody wants to play FAIR, but how do we put the principles into practice?

This webinar is within the framework of both EUDAT/RDA and OpenAIRE and will discuss and compare core certification and the FAIR principles. It will be run twice in order to reach a global audience:
Monday, 12 December at 15.00 CET
Tuesday, 13 December at 10.00 CET

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There is a growing demand for quality criteria for research datasets. In this webinar we will argue that the DSA (Data Seal of Approval for data repositories) and FAIR principles get as close as possible to giving quality criteria for research data. They do not do this by trying to make value judgements about the content of datasets, but rather by qualifying the fitness for data reuse in an impartial and measurable way. By bringing the ideas of the DSA and FAIR together, we will be able to offer an operationalization that can be implemented in any certified Trustworthy Digital Repository.

In 2014 the FAIR Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) were formulated. The well-chosen FAIR acronym is highly attractive: it is one of these ideas that almost automatically get stuck in your mind once you have heard it. In a relatively short term, the FAIR data principles have been adopted by many stakeholder groups, including research funders.

The FAIR principles are remarkably similar to the underlying principles of DSA (2005): the data can be found on the Internet, are accessible (clear rights and licenses), in a usable format, reliable and are identified in a unique and persistent way so that they can be referred to. Essentially, the DSA presents quality criteria for digital repositories, whereas the FAIR principles target individual datasets.

In this webinar the two sets of principles will be discussed and compared and a tangible operationalization will be presented.

Target Audience: 

The target audience of this webinar consists of a broad range stakeholders: data experts, data repository managers, policy makers, research administrators, project coordinators and researchers.

What can you expect to learn: 

  • General understanding of the FAIR principles
  • General understanding of core requirements for trustworthy digital repositories
  • Introduction to a possible way of operationalizing the FAIR principles

Next to this the presenters on their part would highly appreciate feedback from the audience on the ideas presented in the webinar.


Peter DoornPeter Doorn, director at DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)
Dr Peter Doorn is director of DANS. He was co-founder of the Netherlands Historical Data Archive in 1989 and has been active in the domain of digital research data ever since. He is chair of the Science Europe Working Group on Research Data, national representative and vice-chair of the CESSDA General Assembly, former national representative of DARIAH ERIC, former chair of Research Data Netherlands, board member of the Research Data Alliance Organisational Advisory Board, and (board) member of various other national and international data-related organizations. He is editor of the recently founded Research Data Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Further information:

Ingrid DilloIngrid Dillo, deputy director at DANS
Dr Ingrid Dillo holds a PhD in history and has worked in the field of policy development for the last 25 years, including as senior policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Ingrid is now deputy director at DANS. Among her areas of expertise are research data management and the certification of digital repositories. She is a member of the Board of the Data Seal of Approval (DSA), the Technical Advisory Board of Research Data Alliance (RDA), and the Board of Directors of the DRYAD repository. She also is Vice-chair of the Scientific Committee of the ICSU World Data System (ICSU-WDS), co-chairs the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Certification of Digital Repositories and the RDA/WDS Interest Group on Cost Recovery for Data Centres, was an an active member of the former RDA/WDS Repository Audit and Certification DSA-WDS Partnership, and participates in the Research Data Expert Group of the Knowledge Exchange. Further information:

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When 03:00 PM, 12 Dec 2016–11:00 AM, 13 Dec 2016
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