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Register Now: Webinar on FAIRness of Services: A Closer Look at the FAIRsFAIR Framework

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Date: 19 February 2021 – 10:00 to 13:00

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FAIRsFAIR cordially invites providers of data services – and all other interested stakeholders – across the full range of scientific disciplines to participate in a workshop to validate and further develop our FAIR assessment framework for data services.

The proposed framework is described in the recently published FAIRsFAIR Report on Basic Framework on FAIRness of Services and was introduced to the research community at a dedicated webinar.

The purpose of the workshop, which will be hosted by the authors of the report, is to discuss the six key aspects of the framework with potential users to identify gaps and formulate improvements. Feedback received will be incorporated into a further iteration of the report to be published later in 2021.

Why a FAIR Assessment Framework for Data Services?

The FAIR assessment framework for data services aims to assist service providers to ensure their data services are ‘FAIR enabling’ and optimally support the FAIRification process. This is important because realising the full potential of a FAIR ecosystem – in which research outputs can be easily shared and optimally reused – requires looking beyond the FAIRification of data and other digital objects to also consider the infrastructure and services that act on those objects.

(Note: This is the first of two workshops to be organised on this topic. The second workshop will be held at a US-friendly time, date to be announced soon.)

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  • 10:00 – Welcome
  • 10.10 – Break-outs: Social aspects. To discuss: Experiences and advice, what is missing, what is most important
    • Room N°1: User centricity
    • Room N°2: Ethical & Legal
    • Room N°3: Trustworthiness
  • 10.50 – Report back from break-outs, time to add input
  • 11.10 – Break
  • 11.20 – Break-outs: Technical aspects. To discuss: Experiences and advice, what is missing, what is most important
    • Room N°1: FAIR enabling
    • Room N°2: Quality of service
    • Room N°3: Open & Connected
  • 12.00 – Report back from break-outs, time to add input
  • 12.20 – Break
  • 12.30 – Plenary discussion:
    • How can we make the assessment framework format of most value to you?
    • Is there interest for ‘hands on’ workshops to apply the framework to concrete use cases?
  • 13.00 – End


Hylke Koers – SURF

Dr Hylke Koers heads up the SURF Data Management Services group, which develops and operates services to help research institutes manage their research data in a robust, safe, easy and cost-effective way. Hylke joined SURF in 2018, prior to which he was a Product Director at Elsevier, working on innovations to the scholarly article such as interactive plots and the Virtual Microscope. He co-founded the ICSU-WDS/RDA Working Group that created the Scholix framework, an emerging industry standard for linking research data and  literature. He currently leads FAIRsFAIR task 2.4 on ‘FAIRness’ of data services & software, and contributes to the EOSC architecture WG and EOSC-hub WP12. Hylke holds a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam.

Rob Hooft – DTL

Dr Rob Hooft is the operational manager of the Dutch node of ELIXIR, the ESFRI for data in the Life Sciences. Rob has been coordinating Dutch bioinformatics support projects since 2009. He is one of the co-chairs of the RDA “ELIXIR Bridging Force IG”. Rob has a background in chemistry and chemical crystallography, and he has 14 years of industrial experience, partly as a scientific software engineer and partly as an R&D manager. He contributes to T2.1 and T2.4 in the FAIRsFAIR project, and is also a member of the FAIR Working Group.