Simon Hodson, Executive Director of CODATA and chair of the European Commission’s FAIR Data Expert Group and Sarah Jones, Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre and Rapporteur of the Expert Group given a webinar earlier this week.
The webinar was organised by LIBER’s Research Data Management Working Group and took place on 23 April at 12:00 UTC.The recording is available on YouTube.The slides can be downloaded here.The webinar allowed the Expert Group to give an update on progress and the forthcoming report and Action Plan on ‘Making FAIR Data a reality’.The FAIR Data Expert Group was convened in March 2017 with a remit to propose recommendations and indicators on what needs to be done to turn FAIR data into reality. The Group was extended in 2018 to develop the FAIR Data Action Plan. This should guide the implementation of the EOSC but also address broader concerns on an EU, member state and international level. The Group’s Plan should act as a rubric for more context-specific FAIR Data Action Plans to be developed at member state and disciplinary level.The interim report of the Group is due in June 2018 and will be launched at the EOSC Summit in Brussels. The report addresses the changes needed to research culture, infrastructure, skills, metrics and costs to support the transition to FAIR. Details of the main discussion points in the report and preliminary recommendations will be shared on the webinar.The launch of the interim report on 11th June will be followed by a workshop where stakeholders are invited to reflect on the content of the Action Plan and brainstorm how this could be progressed further in specific national or disciplinary contexts. The consultation period will continue over Summer with the final report being launched at the Austrian Presidency event in November.