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Report on Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem

Report on Recommendations for Services in a FAIR Data Ecosystem

In 2019, OpenAIRE (WDS Partner Member)—in collaboration with FAIRsFAIR, the European node of the Research Data Alliance (WDS Associate Member), EOSC-hub, and FREYAran three workshops around services to support Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data. The workshops were designed to explore, discuss, and propose recommendations on how existing data infrastructures can evolve and collaborate to provide services that support the implementation of FAIR Data Principles; in particular, in the context of building the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

Workshop I was held at EOSC-hub Week on 12 April 2019 in Prague. It featured three implementation stories, including one by Mari Kleemola of the CoreTrustSeal Board, who spoke about how repository certification can add to the FAIRness of data. Natalie Harrower of the Digital Repository of Ireland (WDS Regular Member), then gave a presentation on How CoreTrustSeal Enables FAIR Data during Workshop II held at 'Linking Open Science in Austria' on 24 April 2019 in Vienna. Natalie highlighted that certification can shift part of the requirements, and thus the burden, of making data FAIR from the researcher to the infrastructure.

Workshop III took place at the Open Science Fair held on 18 September 2019 in Porto. It presented a first draft of a report developed on the basis of the workshops, and that has subsequently been released. The report puts forward recommendations for data and infrastructure services providers to support FAIR research data within the broader context of the scholarly ecosystem. One of the primary recommendations is that 'Data repositories should undergo FAIR-aligned certification, such as CoreTrustSeal'. 

For more details on the workshops and on the resulting report, please click here.