The COVID-19 pandemic reveals the importance of metadata standards

“For all those who publish original data, provide a clear description of your data” says Max Roser, program director of “Our World in Data”, a global database on testing for COVID-19 from the University of Oxford. The COVID-19 crisis has painfully highlighted the importance of maximizing the reusability of data. Descriptions of data are known as metadata. It is an… Continue reading

EOSC FAIR working group ‘How to move from FAIR principles to FAIR practice?’ needs your feedback

The EOSC FAIR working group needs your feedback on ‘How to move from FAIR principles to FAIR practice?’ In the working group’s webinar session last week, many questions about the recently developed reference list and report were asked, as well as on the process to create these. All of the questions, even the ones that could not be addressed during… Continue reading

Upcoming Covid-19 webinars

ZonMw organises webinars on FAIR data management tailored to COVID-19 research. The aim is to involve data professionals and researchers to make valuable data from COVID-19 research reusable. Join the next webinars on June 18, June 22, June 25 and July 6! Continue reading

ELIXIR’s FAIR Training working group published a paper in PLoS Computational Biology – ‘10 Simple Rules for Making training materials FAIR.’

Imagine you’d want to produce a new bioinformatics training course or update an existing one.  However, appropriate materials are scattered across different repositories, siloed in their home institutions and/or lack the metadata required to re(use) them. This is a classical problem which can be tackled by FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles. The ELIXIR working group on FAIR training… Continue reading

Nominate data for the Dutch Data Prize

Are you a researcher or know someone with a dataset who’s eligible for the Dutch Data Prize? Nominations can be made until 1 Juni 2020. To be eligible the data needs to be in a ‘trustworthy digital repository’; open access available, or the documentation of the dataset explains why this is not possible and under which conditions interested parties can… Continue reading

Open Science Festival: call for proposals until 10-3-2020

The National Open Science Festival takes place August 27, 2020 in Wageningen, NL. It is a great place for researchers to learn (more) about Open Science. Learn and share your knowledge & best practices. Do you have ideas for a proposal? Send it in until March 10, 2020. Interactive sessions can include topics such as tools for practicing open science;… Continue reading

New updated version of the Data Stewardship Wizard available

The Data Stewardship Wizard has new features built in to make the management of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data even easier. A question-based decision tree guides researchers, step-by-step, through all aspects of data management: IT, archival and data publication, sustainability and the entire FAIR data spectrum. It assists with finding the right expertise, technologies and, by showcasing practical experiences… Continue reading

Professionalizing FAIR Data Stewardship in the life sciences: defining job criteria & skills

Within the life sciences more and more data is generated and research often requires sharing and combining data. Personalized medicine is a prominent example where data from different disciplines need to be combined to determine the best treatment for an individual. Think about combining vastly different data from health records, pharmaceutical treatment history, research findings and dietary intake, to name… Continue reading