Getting Practical with the FAIR Principles: So, Why Go FAIR?

Monday, April 17, 2023

This interactive webinar will provide stakeholders with historical and technical context to better understand FAIR

This interactive webinar will provide stakeholders with historical and technical context to better understand FAIR and how the principles might impact their work. Presenters will explore key issues around FAIR interpretation and implementation, and consider technological trends in the FAIRification and orchestration of research data. The event  is targeted towards a broad range of stakeholders including executives, policy makers, administrators, information technology experts, librarians, researchers, and data stewards. A few hands-on exercises will help to ground key concepts in practical examples. After the webinar, participants will:

  • Be aware of long-term trends to make data more machine-actionable.
  • Know what FAIR data are, and what they are not.
  • Be familiar with what it takes to go FAIR
  • Recognize the advantages of FAIR for the researcher and other stakeholders

A recording of this webinar is available here.

Barbara Magagna is a landscape ecologist and knowledge engineer. She has been leading the development process of ontologies and vocabularies for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (ecosystem domain). As a co-chair of the RDA WG I-ADOPT she has co-developed an interoperability framework for the semantic representation of observable properties. Within ENVRI-FAIR she leads the FAIR assessment of data and services provided by Environmental Research Infrastructures. Barbara has worked for years as a university lecturer for GIS techniques and landscape planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Since 2021, Barbara has been working with the GO FAIR Foundation to develop the FAIR Implementation Profile approach the and M4M workshop format.


Erik Schultes is an evolutionary biologist with a data-intensive research focus and has held previous academic appointments at the University of California Los Angeles, The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Santa Fe Institute. Since 2018, Erik has been the FAIR implementation lead at the GO FAIR Foundation and is now Senior Researcher at the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research. Erik is co-author on the original publication of the FAIR Guiding Principles and has, since 2016, been working with a diverse, international community of stakeholders to develop FAIR data and services. This work included the development of the first accredited FAIR awareness training programs for executives and practical introductions to FAIR data stewardship for front-line data producers. Erik is also co-developer of numerous FAIR maturity evaluation services and is the architect of the now widely adopted Three-Point FAIRification Framework (M4Ms, FIPs, and FDPs) that is deployed in numerous international settings. 

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