In 2014, a diverse set of stakeholders—representing academia, industry, funding agencies, and scholarly publishers—have come together to design and jointly endorse a concise and measureable set of principles known as FAIR Data Principles, i.e. principles aiming at facilitating humans and / or machines in the “(re-)use” of data by making such data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. The intent is that these may act as a guideline for those wishing to enhance the reusability of their data. The first report from the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on the European Open Science Cloud also endorsed this vision. The HLEG recommends “framing the EOSC as the EU contribution to a future, global Internet of FAIR Data and Services underpinned by open protocols”[1]. The EOSC will have to support the Finding, Access, Interoperation and in particular the Re-use of open, as well as sensitive and properly secured data. It will also have to support the data related elements (software, standards, protocols, workflows) that enable re-use and data driven knowledge discovery and innovation.

The BlueBRIDGE data catalogue has been designed with these principles in mind. Currently, the catalogue contains resources suitable for and resulting from the services and virtual research environments[2] (VREs) operated by the BlueBRIDGE consortium to serve cases ranging from stock assessment to aquaculture atlas generation, strategic investment and scientific training. Datasets include species distribution maps, environmental data, and area regulation zones. All the products are accompanied with rich descriptions capturing general attributes, e.g. title and creator(s), as well as usage policies and licences.

But how many of the existing research data catalogues are FAIR-friendly?

This workshop aimed to bring together representatives of H2020 projects, e-infrastructures and other European initiatives currently dealing with research data catalogues, to understand how they are approaching the FAIR principles, what status they are at and to discuss together how to move forward. Data users were also welcome at the workshop to describe their requirements and their experience in the use of such catalogues.

The workshop took place on Monday 3 April, from 2 to 6 pm CET in Barcelona (co-located with the 9th RDA Plenary Meeting). 


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Programme Committee:

Leonardo Candela (CNR-ISTI)
Sara Garavelli (Trust-IT Services)
Pasquale Pagano  (CNR-ISTI)