Built on the successful Synchronisation Force series from the FAIRsFAIR project, FAIR-IMPACT continues maintaining a dialogue for collaboration and harmonisation with various projects, initiatives, and actors in both EOSC and FAIR ecosystems to reduce redundancy and ensure that solutions are more widely promoted and sustainable and can be transferred to the relevant EOSC Partnership and current and future EOSC stakeholders.
Background: about the FAIRsFAIR Synchronisation Force
The FAIRFAIR Synchronisation Force was set up to maintain a dialogue across the EOSC and FAIR ecosystems so as to maximise collaboration, minimise duplication, and promote adherence to Turning FAIR into Reality (2018), the final report and action plan from the European Commission expert group on FAIR data. Three workshops were organised between 2019 and 2021 to survey the state of activities towards implementing the recommendations outlined in the Turning FAIR into Reality report, and to provide indicators of the amount of activity being undertaken. FAIRsFAIR brought together representatives of INFRAEOSC-5 projects, ESFRI clusters and e-infrastructure projects, the EOSC Association Board of Directors, the FAIRsFAIR European Group of FAIR Champions and High-Level Advisory Committee, as well as project officers of the European Commission, to share information on their FAIR-oriented activities and to discuss commonalities and priorities. The outcome of this activity was collected in three reports and a white paper summarising 8 recommendations mapped against three priorities identified in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the EOSC (SRIA).
FAIR-IMPACT will maintain and evolve the Synchronisation Force, whose core working team is made of an internal cross-WP group of 2 representatives per WP and chaired by DANS and Trust-IT tasked with establishing the dialogue.
The Synchronisation Force functions as a coordination mechanism to engage stakeholders responsible for implementing a FAIR EOSC, ensuring compliance with its Rules of Participation (RoP), alignment with the guidelines established by the EOSC governance bodies, and engagement from the user base.
The FAIR-IMPACT Synchronisation Force workshop series
Over the course of the project the Synchronisation Force will organise three online synchronisation workshops bringing together FAIR and EOSC ecosystem projects, infrastructures, and initiatives in Europe to assess the progress of work related to FAIR-IMPACT focus areas and SRIA objectives. Each workshop will result in a report. Collectively, these will form the basis of a white paper, providing recommendations for alignment and synchronisation around FAIR practices.