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14 Oct 2019

Services to Support FAIR Data: From Recommendations to Actions

This blog post was originally published on the OpenAIRE blog on 30th September 2019 available at

Earlier this year, two workshops were held to formulate recommendations on how services and infrastructures can better support the implementation of the FAIR data principles. The input and conclusions from both workshops were analysed to form the basis for a draft report 'Services to support FAIR data: Draft report and recommendations'. As a conclusion to the previous workshops, a third workshop was organized during the Open Science Fair in Porto, Portugal, in collaboration with OpenAIRE, FAIRsFAIR, RDA Europe, FREYA, and EOSC-hub.

The third workshop in the series was designed to explore, discuss and propose recommendations on how existing data infrastructures can evolve and collaborate to provide services that support the implementation of the FAIR principles for research data, in particular within the context of building the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC).

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24 Sep 2019

Adoption Grant Introductions - The road to a Hungarian national data publishing policy

A joint-bid by the University of Debrecen and Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (LIC-HAS) has been awarded an RDA adoption grant with precisely this in mind - to employ RDA Recommendations in evaluating the already existing data repositories in the country and establishing a standardised approach to managing research data workflows. Overall, this project aims to assess national repositories with a view to providing certification, while at the same time forming a basis for a national data publishing policy for researchers in light of repository requirements.

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12 Sep 2019

Adoption Grant Introductions - From Portal To PIDs: Creating Persistent Identifiers For MERIL-2 RI Entries

The use of Persistent Identifiers (PIDs) is a fundamental aspect of quality research data management. The assignation of a robust and enduring reference to any data object is accepted as one of the first steps in the research data lifecycle, and is, more often than not, a key component in project funding requirements. However, while a number of PID models jostle for preeminence, one project has turned its attention toward the documentation, not of digital objects, but of Research Infrastructures (RIs). The Mapping of the European Research Infrastructure Landscape (MERIL) portal, coordinated by the European Research Foundation (ESF), has been set up to provide a database of open access research data infrastructures in Europe. As part of the MERIL-2 project, the team at ESF are looking to develop a registry of PIDs for European RIs. 

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