GO FAIR initiative

In 2016, the European Commission launched the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), which is centrally based on FAIR Guiding Principles.

The EOSC High Level Expert Group recommended the realisation of this infrastructure as a federated environment for scientific data sharing and re-use. It is based on existing and emerging elements in the member states and has a lightweight international guidance and governance. This gives it a large degree of freedom regarding practical implementation.

The EOSC’s recommendations were the point of departure for the GO FAIR Initiative.

A group of ‘early mover’ EU member states, including The Netherlands, started this independent GO FAIR initiative in the beginning of 2018. This initiative is a community-led and self-governed initiative working across disciplines and countries and aiming to implement the FAIR Principles, for the practical implementation of the EOSC. The DTL FAIR data team is actively involved in GO FAIR.

Implementation Networks

op diGO FAIR offers an open and inclusive ecosystem for individuals, institutions and organisations working together through Implementation Networks. Implementation Networks are the core drivers of GO FAIR as open, inclusive, community-led and self-governed consortia working across disciplines and countries. Individuals, institutions and organisations from all over the world engage within different GO FAIR Implementation Networks.

GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office

GO FAIR has an International Support and Coordination Office. The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office (GFISCO) is an internationally operating office at three sites (Paris, Hamburg and Leiden) to support the implementation and further development of GO FAIR. It is funded by the Ministries of Science of France, Germany and the Netherlands. Strategic Directors are Dr Laurent Crouzet (France), Prof Klaus Tochtermann (Germany) and Prof Barend Mons (The Netherlands).