FAIR Working Group

Implementing the FAIR data principles by defining the corresponding requirements for the development of EOSC services, in order to foster cross-disciplinary interoperability



Sarah Jones


 Françoise Genova

The EOSC FAIR working group will provide recommendations on the implementation of  Open and FAIR practices within the EOSC. It addresses cross-disciplinary interoperability, gather requirements relevant to the EOSC services, and advise the EOSC Executive and Governance Boards on FAIR-related matters.

The FAIR & Architecture WGs operate in close alignment. The former addresses cultural aspects such as semantic and legal interoperability, certification and community data standards, while the latter focusses on the related technical specifications that address FAIR requirements.

The implementation of FAIR and Open Science policy requires a culture change supported by appropriate incentives and coherent, easy-to-use data services. This WG builds on existing FAIR practices in all disciplines and address interoperability across them. It will propose measures for increasing FAIR maturity to maximise data sharing and re-use.

The EOSC-FAIR working group will define and implement a FAIR work plan. These will be based on the Action Plan proposed by the EC Expert Group on “Turning FAIR into reality”, as well as ongoing community initiatives and outputs from key projects like FAIRsFAIR, RDA and FREYA.

The WG will provide recommendations on:

  1. The development and adoption of data standards and sharing agreements
  2. Best practices that are already applied in specific scientific domains or countries and can be adopted at the multi-disciplinary and European levels
  3. An EOSC Interoperability Framework that overarches disciplinary approaches and encourages research infrastructures to be interoperable-by-design
  4. Service requirements for FAIR implementation, relevant to the Architecture WG
  5. A Persistent Identifier (PID) policy for the EOSC
  6. Frameworks to assess FAIR data and certify services that enable FAIR, including the collation of results e.g. catalogues of certified repositories
  7. The international dimension of FAIR principles, converging towards globally-accepted frameworks



    The FAIR working group works in close collaboration with the Architecture WG to ensure that the FAIR principles of findability, accessibility, reusability and interoperability are supported by the technical arrangements under development.

    The FAIR working group also collaborates with Landscape WG to ensure that the federation of relevant structures and initiatives is conducted under the scope of the FAIR principles.

    The FAIR working group coordinates with the Rules of Participation WG to ensure that EOSC services support FAIR and are FAIR.


    • Q2 2019: Release an annual FAIR work plan
    • Q4 2019: Persistent identifier policy defined
    • Q4 2019: Outline approach for accrediting FAIR data and certifying repositories.
    • Q1 2020: Release as annual FAIR work plan
    • Q3 2020: EOSC Interoperability Framework
    • Q4 2020: Results from testing and an updated PID policy
    • Q4 2020: Results from testing and an updated scheme for accrediting FAIR data and certifying repositories

    Task Forces

    • PID Policy
    • FAIR Practice
    • Interoperability
    • Metrics & Certification


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    FAIR Working Group members

    FAIR WG role: EOSC FAIR Working Group Chair

    Organisation: Digital Curation Centre (DCC) - DCC Associate Director

    Sarah Jones
    FAIR WG role: EOSC FAIR Working Group Co-chair

    Organisation: CNRS -

    Françoise Genova
    FAIR WG role: EOSCsecretariat Contact Point for the FAIR WG

    Organisation: Technopolis Group - Consultant

    Palina Shauchuk
    FAIR WG role: EC Contact Point

    Organisation: EC Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT) - Responsible for the strategy development of EU policies for smart infrastructures, including energy and transport

    Christian Kirchsteiger
    FAIR WG role: EC Contact Point

    Organisation: EC Directorate-General Research and Innovation (DG RTD) - Policy officer at the Open Science Unit

    Kostas Repanas

    Organisation: InnoRenew CoE Renewable Materials and Healthy Environments Research and Innovation Centre of Excellence - Consulting statistician and researcher

    Ana Slavec

    Organisation: Danish e-Infrastructure Cooperation - DeiC - COO

    Anders Conrad

    Organisation: Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences - Deputy director

    András Holl

    Organisation: Belgian Biodiversity Platform - Node Manager

    André Heughebaert

    Organisation: Swiss Data Science Center (SDSC) - Chief Health Data Scientist

    Christine Choirat

    Organisation: National Documentation Centre of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF/EKT) - Research Scientist in Computer Science; Head of the Digital Services Unit (NHRF/EKT)

    Haris Georgiadis

    Organisation: Open Science Centre of University of Jyväskylä - project manager

    Juuso Marttila

    Organisation: Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center - Deputy Director

    Krzysztof Kurowski

    Organisation: Research Data Alliance – US (RDA-US); Ripeta, LLC - Executive Director (RDA-US); CEO (Ripeta, LLC)

    Leslie McIntosh

    Organisation: University of Tartu Library - Development Director

    Liisi Lembinen

    Organisation: University of Oslo; Young Academy of Norway (YAN); Research Council of Norway (RCN) - Associate Professor in molecular medicine, YAN vice-chair

    Magnus Aronsen

    Organisation: Swedish Research Councils (SRC) research infrastructure RUT (Register Utiliser Tool) - Business and information architect

    Magnus Eriksson

    Organisation: Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw - Researcher in plant molecular biology

    Marta Hoffman-Sommer

    Organisation: Delft University of Technology - Data Stewardship Coordinator

    Marta Teperek

    Organisation: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) - UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) - Head of Data Infrastructure

    Michael Ball

    Organisation: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Maribor, Slovenia - Head of Laboratory for Heterogeneous Computer Systems

    Milan Ojsteršek

    Organisation: Digital Repository of Ireland - Director

    Natalie Harrower

    Organisation: Software Sustainability Institute - Director

    Neil Chue Hong

    Organisation: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ontology Engineering Group -

    Oscar Corcho

    Organisation: Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology; Department of Computer Science, RWTH Aachen University - Researcher

    Oya Beyan

    Organisation: University of Minho Documentation Services - Head of Division

    Pedro Príncipe

    Organisation: Max Planck Institute; RDA GEDE - Senior Data Systems Advisor; Co-Chair

    Peter Wittenburg

    Organisation: British Library - Head of Research Infrastructure Services

    Rachael Kotarski

    Organisation: Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences -

    Rob Hooft

    Organisation: CNR/IOM - Development scientist

    Stefano Cozzini