How to Implement the FAIR Data Principles?

22 Nov 2018

How to Implement the FAIR Data Principles?

Chair Name and Organisation

  • Elly Dijk - Senior policy advisor at DANS (Netherlands institute for permanent access to digital research resources)


Panellists Names and Organisation


  • Sarah Jones - Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre - European Commission Expert Group on FAIR data
  • Barend Mons - Molecular biologist at Leiden University Medical Center - Key role in Go FAIR (developments towards the Internet of FAIR data and services)
  • Eliane Fankhauser - Project Manager and Policy Officer at KNAW-DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services)
  • Silvana Muscella - Chair of the 2nd EOSC HLEG - CEO & founder of Trust IT Services
  • Gareth O'Neill - President of European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers
  • Franco Niccolucci - Director of the VAST LAB laboratory at PIN, Prato - Science Demonstrator for TextCrowd


Description of the session

#FAIRData is key to the #EOSC. That's why there's a session on "How to Implement the FAIR Data Principles" chaired by @DANSKNAW's Elly Dijk w/ the participation of @sjDCC @barendmons of @GOFAIRofficial @silvanamuscella @gtoneill & others. Hear from Elly on why you should join!

— (@eoscpilot) October 15, 2018

The FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles are key to the construction of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a virtual environment for open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data. They will provide the basics for the rules of participation within EOSC. Since the first formal publication of the paper ‘The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship‘ many initiatives regarding the FAIR Principles were taken. The European Commission expects that research data generated by Horizon 2020 projects follow the FAIR data principles. Also, FAIR Data is being mandated by a growing number of national research funding organisations, e.g Dutch research funder NWO. The first High Level Expert Group on the EOSC already recommended that this emerging infrastructure should be founded on the FAIR principles, where data should be as open as possible, and as protected as necessary. Other FAIR Data projects and initiatives include the GO FAIR initiative. The core of GO FAIR is a federation of existing topical networks of excellence that collectively commit to the FAIR principles in terms of standards, protocols, and best practices ( The FAIR Metrics Group ( has published metrics enabling an automated assessment of the degree to which online resources comply with the 15 Principles of FAIR Data. On June 26th 2018 the FAIR Metrics group published the paper "A design framework and exemplar metrics for FAIRness" that is taken up by several initiatives to more objectively assess the FAIR level of (meta)data and services ( DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) in the Netherlands is developing a FAIR Data Assessment Tool that focuses on reviewing data sets within CoreTrustSeal certified repositories ( In June 2018 the ‘FAIR Data Action Plan. Interim recommendations and actions from the European Commission Expert Group on FAIR data’ was published ( The FAIR Data Action Plan is intended to act as a rubric for Member States and research communities to develop context-specific plans on how to implement FAIR data in their countries and/or research areas. A workshop at the EOSC Summit on 11 June 2018 started this process. The interim report was open for comments via a stakeholder consultation in June-August 2018. In this session the results from this consultation will be made public.



14:00 – 14:05: Short Introduction on the FAIR principles by Elly Dijk - DANS



14:05 – 14:35: Results from the FAIR Expert Group Stakeholder Consultation on the FAIR Data Action Plan by Simon Hodson of European Commission Expert Group on FAIR data



14:35 – 14:55: Ready, Set, GO FAIR by Barend Mons - Go FAIR



14:55 – 15:15: FAIR Assessment for Repositories and Researchers by Eliane Fankhauser - DANS



15:15 – 16:00: Panel discussion ‘Implementing FAIR’ chaired by Patrick Aerts - DANS