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I think so many of us are reeling from this loss – it just seems so hard to believe, because Sarah was full to the brim of life and energy and endless generosity amongst colleagues. Thank you Hilary and Ingrid for going to the funeral so that her family will know how much she was admired by the entire community.
Natalie Harrower, PhD
Executive Director
Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN)
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On Jan 4, 2024, at 08:23, Hilary Hanahoe via FAIR Data Maturity Model WG wrote:

Dear Angus and Keith,
Thank you so much Keith for those lovely words. Indeed, as Angus points out, Sarah’s funeral will be at 14:45 UTC / UK time on Friday 5th January.
Warm regards
Hilary Hanahoe
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On Thu, 4 Jan 2024 at 11:40, sangusa via FAIR Data Maturity Model WG wrote:
Hello Keith,
Thank you for the words below about our very sad loss of Sarah. I just wanted to check the time of the funeral, which I believe is 14.45 (UTC) not 15.45.
All the best,
Dr Angus Whyte
Snr Institutional Support Officer
Digital Curation Centre
University of Edinburgh
From: kgrussell via FAIR Data Maturity Model WG
Date: Wednesday, 3 January 2024 at 23:55
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Subject: [fair_maturity] In memory of Sarah Jones
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Dear members of the working group,
We were deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Sarah Jones. She was an amazing person, full of energy and brightness. She was extremely knowledgeable and well connected in the space in which we work.
We had the pleasure of having her as a co-chair of this working group for only a brief period, but before that she already played a significant role in providing input into the FAIR Data Maturity Model whilst we were collecting views from the sector. She provided extremely valuable presentations on EOSC and project activities related to FAIR.
We will miss her dearly, she was a wonderful colleague and a lovely considerate and kind person.
If you wish to share your thoughts and memories of Sarah, please see the post on the RDA website.
You can find the condoleance register on the Geant website through this link:
There will be a memorial service for Sarah this Friday the 5th January from Lytham Park Crematorium at 15:45 UTC. This will be live streamed on:
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for this stream is 3467
Kind regards,
Edit, Shelley, Keith
Co-chairs of the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group
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