In 2016, the European Commission launched the initiative for 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 early 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 make practical choices to implement the FAIR Principles, for the practical implementation of the EOSC.
GO 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.
One of the significant outcomes of GO FAIR is the Three Point FAIRification framework, consisting of FAIR Implementation Profiles (FIPs), Metadata for Machine Workshops (M4Ms) and FAIR Data Points (FDPs). For more information: How to GO FAIR.
- Read our post about ‘Realising the European Open Science Cloud‘.
- Read the ZBW blog post ‘GO FAIR – A Member States-Up strategy for the EOSC implementation‘.
- Read the ZBW blog post ‘GO FAIR – Ready for Take-off‘.
- Read the Nature editorial ‘Don’t let Europe’s open-science dream drift‘.
- Read DTL’s vision on open science.
- Watch the video about open science.