Welcome to the first FAIRCORE4EOSC Newsletter. Coming out quarterly, it will provide the EOSC community with an update on developments within the project, news about the nine EOSC-Core components and case studies, and showcase activities across the broader EOSC ecosystem.
In this month’s edition, we cover the FAIRCORE4EOSC kick-off, as well as the collaboration between us and the newly funded Horizon Europe project FAIR-IMPACT, contributing to the implementation of the FAIR principles across EOSC in close collaboration with other actors in the EOSC ecosystem. You will also find information about upcoming events and our participation in the EUDAT Conference 2022.
Advancing the EOSC Core for a FAIR EOSC
The FAIRCORE4EOSC (FC4E) kick-off meeting took place on 29 and 30 June 2022 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, providing a strong basis for the project activities by sharing knowledge and discussing the work to be done. It was also a great opportunity for consortium members to meet and to get to know each other.
You can find the streaming of the introductory public session held on 29 June on our website.
The nine new EOSC-Core components to be developed in this project form key building blocks in advancing the state of the art towards the ‘Web of FAIR data’. The new core components focus on building the technical capabilities for increasing the FAIRness of research outputs in EOSC and thereby support European researchers in finding, accessing and re-using an ever-increasing amount of research outputs across borders and disciplines. To increase the uptake of these new components beyond the lifetime of our project, we work together with key players such as the parallel project FAIR-IMPACT and the EOSC Association. Thanks to the technical expertise, previous experience in EOSC projects and good connections to the main EOSC actors and stakeholders, our consortium is well-placed to make concrete progress towards the vision and dream of what EOSC can be."
A FAIR collaboration on project & technical level: Contributing to the web of FAIR data & services
FAIR-IMPACT and FAIRCORE4EOSC aim to work in close collaboration with other actors in the EOSC ecosystem, including the EOSC Association itself, the H2020 project EOSC-Future and many others.
The two projects are complementary instruments enabling an operational, open and FAIR EOSC ecosystem. Where FAIRCORE4EOSC will develop EOSC-Core components to adopt, FAIR-IMPACT in its turn will support the implementation of FAIR-enabling practices across scientific communities and research outputs at a European, national, and institutional level.
The interviews with project coordinators Tommi Suominen (CSC, FAIRCORE4EOSC) and Ingrid Dillo (DANS, FAIR-IMPACT) and as well as with technical coordinators Mark van de Sanden (SURF, FAIRCORE4EOSC Technical Steering Group) and Wim Hugo (DANS, FAIR-IMPACT) showed that both projects “started collaborating as early as the proposal phase”. The combined Kick-Off Meetings were “proof of the collaboration that will grow in the coming three years”.
Climate Change. In this case study, selected ENES (a European research infrastructure) data collections will receive identifiers using the Kernel Information Types developed in the project as well as the DTR with its corresponding contents.
EOSC Service Providers & RDM Communities. This case study answers the general need of research communities for interoperable data services that facilitate discovery, access and reusability of research data.
European Integration of National-level Services. This case study showcases enrichment of both the national research graphs and the EOSC RDGraph by facilitating their interoperability using the new FAIRCORE4EOSC components.
Mathematics. The mathematical community represented by FIZ proposes the integration of zbMATH Open and swMATH services, as well as of the related manually curated and aggregated metadata, with the FAIRCORE4EOSC components, by integrating research software metadata and links in the EOSC RD- and PIDGraph, and integrating with EOSC PIDMR.
Social Sciences & Humanities. In this case study CLARIN will integrate its DOG, the CLARIN Virtual Collection Registry and the Language Resource Switchboard with the EOSC MSCR, the EOSC DTR and the EOSC PIDMR to (i) make their functions and content available beyond the SSH Cluster borders to all EOSC users, (ii) benefit from the services and content (e.g. data types, crosswalks) available from other communities and infrastructures via the EOSC MSCR and DTR.
On 13-15 September, EUDAT CDI hosts the EUDAT Conference 2022 in Athens, Greece, with 14-15 September as the public conference days while 13 September will be a closed side-event, also featuring a FAIRCORE4EOSC requirements gathering workshop. As part of the conference programme, a dedicated exhibition and networking session will encourage the establishment of new connections and promote the most innovative services and players in the field.
FAIRCORE4EOSC will be taking part in the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI 2022), and representatives of our project are taking part in the conference contributing to discussions in the Social Sciences and Humanities case study and upcoming contributions to the ESFRI community.