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State of FAIRness in ESFRI projects
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Abstract & Keywords
Abstract: Since 2009 initiatives that were selected for the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures started working to build research infrastructures for a wide range of research disciplines. An important result of the strategic discussions was that distributed infrastructure scenarios were now seen as "complex research facilities" in addition to, for example traditional centralised infrastructures such as CERN. In this paper we look at five typical examples of such distributed infrastructures where many researchers working in different centres are contributing data, tools/services and knowledge and where the major task of the research infrastructure initiative is to create a virtually integrated suite of resources allowing researchers to carry out state-of-the-art research. Careful analysis shows that most of these research infrastructures worked on the Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability dimensions before the term "FAIR" was actually coined. The definition of the FAIR principles and their wide acceptance can be seen as a confirmation of what these initiatives were doing and it gives new impulse to close still existing gaps. These initiatives also seem to be ready to take up the next steps which will emerge from the definition of FAIR maturity indicators. Experts from these infrastructures should bring in their 10-years' experience in this definition process.
Keywords: Infrastructure; FAIR Metrics; GO FAIR Matrix
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P. Wittenburg, F. de Jong, D. van Uytvanck, M. Cocco, K. Jeffery, M. Lautenschlager, ... & P. Holub. State of FAIRness in ESFRI projects. Data Intelligence 2(2020), 230–237. doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00045
Peter Wittenburg
Peter Wittenburg was Executive Director of Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe, Member of RDA Technical Advisory Board, and Scientific Coordinator of European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT). He set up and led the Technical Group with about 30 experts at Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psycholinguistics and then led the Language Archiving Group with about 25 experts. Since 2000 he has played leading roles in a variety of European (funded by the European Commission) and national projects (funded by MPS, DFG, BMBF, NWO 23) and ISO initiatives (ISO TC37/SC4). He won the Heinz Billing Award of the MPS for the advancement of scientific computation in 2011 and received an honorary doctorate from University Tübingen in 2013.
Franciska de Jong
Dieter van Uytvanck
Massimo Cocco
Keith Jeffery
Keith Jeffery is an independent consultant working on EPOS, ENVRIplus and ENVRIFAIR as well as on advanced CLOUD computing and Virtual research Environments. He is past Director IT at STFC with 360,000 users, 1,100 servers and 140 staff. Keith holds three honorary visiting professorships, is a Fellow of the Geological Society and the British Computer Society, a Chartered Engineer & IT Professional and an Honorary Fellow of the Irish Computer Society. Keith is past-President of ERCIM and euroCRIS, and serves on international expert groups, conference boards and assessment panels. He had advised government on IT. He chaired the EC Expert Groups on GRIDs and on CLOUD Computing.
Michael Lautenschlager
Hannes Thiemann
Margareta Hellström
Associate professor Margareta Hellström is a senior staff member at ICOS Carbon Portal, working with research data management issues such as Open Science, persistent identifiers, data citation and usage statistics and FAIR. She has represented ICOS in several Horizon 2020 projects, including ENVRI-FAIR where she leads the work package on FAIR training and skills development.
Ari Asmi
Petr Holub
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