Support offer #3: Recommendations for trustworthy and FAIR-enabling data repositories


Do you want to leave your mark on the newest developments in repository trustworthiness and FAIR assessment? FAIR-IMPACT is developing guidelines to improve the transparency of, and trust in, repositories. Implementing these guidelines will help to expose relevant metadata at the organisational and object level to facilitate discovery, provide context, and support interoperability. Providing supporting information  in a uniform and transparent way, creates a sense of trust in the repositories and in the digital objects they care for. Focus is put on exposing information about repository characteristics ( from identifiers, to contact information and business models), information that can help to inform a sense or status of trustworthiness (e.g. standards applied, preservation policies in place or certification received) and information relating to FAIRness of the digital objects held (e.g. assessment results, tool(s) used). Both the guidelines, and the prototype to be developed to implement them, will be advanced through multiple iterations. Community engagement and input is essential to ensuring that the final outputs are relevant to all of the identified stakeholders. 

In this support action, participants have the opportunity to learn about these new guidelines in depth, and to critically evaluate them as they apply to their own repository and stakeholders . Participants will consider the current status of information exposure in their organisation and how this could be improved using the guidelines. Through this process, participants will be able to provide feedback on how useful, relevant, and realistic the guidelines are, directly shaping the future iterations of the guidelines. After completing this support action, participants have the opportunity to join the subsequent support action (launching in September 2024), where hands-on experience in exposing information using the prototype will be the focus. 

Successful applicants will receive 4000 € to support their participation which will require about 8 days of effort from participants between May-September 2024.


During this support action, participants will: 

  • analyse the FAIR-IMPACT guidelines and provide feedback
  • receive guidance and support to make information about their repository service more transparent

Participants can expect to:

  • gain a deeper insight into the kinds of information that can help end users to make informed decisions about whether a repository is FAIR-enabling and trustworthy
  • understand how the implementation of the guidelines can help to facilitate discovery, provide context, and support interoperability
  • play a key role in shaping the next iteration of the guidelines
  • receive credit for their contributions in the next iteration of the guidelines


Support offer details

Who should apply?

The focus of this support action is on data repositories, but the call is open to other service providers and registries as well. Specifically the individuals who are interested in increasing the findability and interoperability of their organisation and can critically reflect on their current position and drivers for change.

Skills needed to participate

There is no specific maturity or characteristic required of the participating repository. For the individual(s) participating in the action, it is important to have institutional knowledge and the ability to critically reflect on the current position and drivers for change of their organisation. 

Virtual workshops 
  • Kick-off workshop (13:00-14:30 CEST, 28 May 2024)
  • Workshop to introduce and explore the guidelines (12:00-13:30 CEST, 11 June 2024)
  • Midway check-in workshop to discuss findings so far and bottlenecks (1.5 hours, date to be confirmed)
  • Peer exchange workshop to share findings and conclude the support action (1.5 hours, date to be confirmed)
Support providers and mentors 
  • Maaike Verburg (DANS)
  • Mike Priddy (DANS)
  • Herve L'Hours (UKDS)
  • Robert Ulrich (KIT)
  • Robert Huber (University of Bremen)
How much time will this support action require from participants? 

We anticipate that successful applicants will need to allocate approximately 8 days to undertake this support action. The days will be spent on participation in the workshops, working on the homework assignment in between, and the post-event interview.

What FAIR-IMPACT will provide to enable participation?

  • 4000 €  to support staff time for each team to participate. Funds will be paid upon successful completion of the support action.  The amount provided is based on the number of days required to participate in the action using a flat daily rate and not the size of the team (i.e., 4000 euros is the maximum award regardless of the team size). 
  • Support on familiarising with the guidelines and critically reflecting on them and their potential implementation in your organisation.
  • Knowledge exchange with peers on transparency and information exposure.
  • Named contributor status on the next release of the guidelines (if desired)

What do we expect from participants?

  • Active participation in all virtual workshops (mandatory)
  • Active effort on the assignment in between the workshops
  • Participation in a mandatory exit interview which will result in a published Implementation Story to share real life experiences in making FAIR a reality.  
  • Participation in follow-up questionnaires and/interviews on progress on the implementation plan.
How many applicants will be supported?  Up to 10 individuals/teams will be supported to participate in this support action.




Supporting materials


Timeline for first open call

Call launch and introductory webinar

31 January 2024

Deadline for applications

31 March 2024

Selection of applicants

End of April 2024

Applicants informed of decision

Mid May 2024

Expected start date for support actions

28 May 2024

Who can apply? 

This call is open to individuals, groups or organisations from public and private research-performing organisations, including:

  • Research-performing organisations and research infrastructures;  
  • Repositories, data and metadata service providers; 
  • Representatives of national and international level initiatives. 

Applicants must reside and/or work in an EU or Associated Country for the duration of the grant. A key aim for FAIR-IMPACT is to prioritise support for organisations, groups, and/or individuals based in countries or representing domains that are currently less advanced in terms of their FAIR enabling capacity2.

The call is not open to individuals or groups based at any of the FAIR-IMPACT project partner organisations nor to individuals who hold the status of FAIR Champions under FAIR-IMPACT.