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25 Nov 2019


Submitted by Rainer Stotzka

Meeting objectives: 


FAIR Digital Objects (FAIR DOs) describe a concept of virtual data objects that has been developed and used by RDA in various Working and Interest Groups. FAIR DOs may represent data, software or other research resources. They are uniquely identified by a Persistent Identifier (PID) and metadata rich enough to enable them to be reliably found, used and cited. 

FAIR DOs are currently discussed world-wide, in many RDA groups (see also section “Short introduction describing any previous activities”), in the European Open Science Cloud, as well as in other initiatives with the need to design and develop large integrative research data infrastructures to facilitate findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability (FAIR).

Missing is a world-wide communication and coordination platform aiming at 

  1. Creating international consensus about the specification of FAIR DOs, 
  2. Operation model (identifying processes) of FAIR DOs, and
  3. Exchanging implementation details.


This is the idea of founding an RDA Interest Group on FAIR Digital Objects as a spin-off of the RDA IG Data Fabric. It aims to serve as a communication and coordination platform for FAIR DOs. Specific discussion topics and open problems will be transferred to specific RDA WGs which will concentrate on timely solutions. 

The BoF session will be an interactive working session in which we aim at creating consensus on

  1. If a new RDA IG should be created
  2. Definition of the primary objectives
  3. Modes of operation
  4. Identifying members who plan to contribute actively


Meeting agenda: 


Meeting agenda: 

  • We plan to start in time (5m)
  • Agreement of the meeting’s agenda (5m)
  • Short introduction of FAIR Digital Objects (10m)
  • Discussion: new RDA IG or topic of IG Data Fabric?
  • Discussion: primary objectives
  • Modes of operation
  • Summarizing results, defining next steps (15m)
Type of Meeting: 
Working meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

Within RDA several groups work on specifications, designs, and components that are essential for FAIR DOs. The basic ideas behind the concept of FAIR DOs has been developed and described by these groups.

  • The Data Foundation & Terminology Working Group (historical) and the Data Foundation & Terminology Interest Group described a basic, abstract data organization model which can be used to derive a reference data terminology that can be used across communities and stakeholders to better synchronize conceptualization, to enable better understanding within and between communities and finally to stimulate tool building, such as for data services, supportive of the basic model’s use. 
  • The PID Kernel Information Working Group (historical) produced a recommendation that contains guiding principles for identifying information appropriate as PID Kernel Information, a PID Kernel Information profile, and architectural considerations. PID Kernel Information is defined as the set of attributes stored within a PID record. It will serve as the fundamental information source describing FAIR DOs. The PID Kernel Information Profile Management Working Group will extend the results.
  • The RDA Working Groups on Data Type Registries work on the specification and standardization of machine-actionable data type descriptions which is an essential part of the FAIR DO ecosystem.
  • The Data Fabric Interest Group is working on the identification and definition of common components and their characteristics and services that can be used across boundaries in such a way that they can be combined to solve a variety of data scenarios.
  • The RDA Working Group FAIR Data Maturity Model was established in January 2019 and aims primarily to develop a common set of core assessment criteria for FAIRness as an RDA Recommendation. In the course of 2019, the WG established a set of indicators and maturity levels for those indicators through participation and contributions from the WG members.

The chairs of the respective groups have been contacted during the preparation of this session and invited to join the open discussions.

C2CAMP is an international implementation network consisting of a group of international experts from relevant research institutions and infrastructure initiatives committed to build interoperable components that are based on specifications from RDA working groups and other comparable initiatives such as OAI, W3C, ISO, and IETF and to integrate them into flexible testbeds. 

At P14 ( in ESPOO two co-located events were organized discussing infrastructure requirements and FAIR DOs:

FAIR DO site on Github


Initial Member list: Gary Berg-Cross, Christophe Blanchi, Luiz Bonino, Francoise Genova, Edit Herczog, Thomas Jejkal, Jens Klump, Larry Lannom, Jianhui Li, Beth Plale, Robert E Quick, Raphael Ritz, Keith Russell, George Strawn, Ulrich Schwardmann, Rainer Stotzka, Zsusanna Szeredi,Dieter Van Uytvanck,Tobias Weigel, Mark Wilkinson, Peter Wittenburg, Carlo Maria Zwölf

Avoid conflict with the following group (1): 
Avoid conflict with the following group (2):