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Workshop: FAIR data stewardship for Open Science

21 December 2016

Do you want to increase the value and impact of research data? The HRB is hosting a two day workshop on 16-17 January 2017 to introduce the HRB research community and librarians to the essentials of FAIR Data Stewardship, which aims to ensure that scientific data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).

The workshop will be coordinated by the FAIR Data Team at the Dutch Techcentre for Life Science NL

Day 1 (16 January) the speakers will provide an overview about data responsibilities in light of European Commission for the European Open Science Cloud, outline the FAIR Data Principles, demonstrate the value of FAIR data, show what FAIR data can effectively mean and how it will impact in research. The day will conclude with a panel discussion chaired by HRB Chief Executive, Dr Graham Love.

Day 2 (17 January) the speakers will cover the practical methods behind FAIR Data, including introductions to linked data, ontologies, metadata, and FAIR data points. Numerous examples of FAIR data and the Data FAIRification process will be given and this hands-on coding activity will be guided and coached by the workshop organisers.

Speakers will include:

  • Mr Albert Mons, Dutch Techcentre for Life sciences
  • Dr Erik Schultes, Leiden University Medical Centre & Dutch Techcentre for Life sciences
  • Dr Luiz Bonino, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Dutch Techcentre for Life science
  • Dr Rob Hooft, Dutch Techcentre for Life sciences
  • Dr Mark Thompson, Leiden University Medical Centre


Places on both days are limited. To register, please email Dr Annalisa Montesanti at amontesanti(at)

Context for the event

In coming years, researchers in receipt of public funding will be expected to properly manage research data and enhance their availability with as few restrictions as possible.

Good data stewardship is rapidly becoming an essential part of modern science. To facilitate good data stewardship and to promote open science, a broad community of stakeholders recently published a set of guiding principles for contemporary scholarly data publishing, with the goal of ensuring that scientific data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR). The FAIR principles have been embraced by both the European Commission and the G20. 

These principles have been elaborated to provide specific guidance for the kinds of properties and behaviours data should exhibit that allow them to be discovered and used by both humans and machines. FAIR Data can also be positioned in a broader scope of data stewardship, which relates to concerns before, during and after data creation and manipulation. Concerns such as how data will be created, in which context, where are they going to be stored, what are the creation, validation and publication process, what are the medium- and long-term sustainability plans for the data, among others. 

The HRB’s is committed to providing hands-on support and advice to researchers submitting proposals to EC, HRB and/or other national funders. We also recognition that research data are an important and expensive output of the scholarly research process, across all disciplines. So this two-day workshop is designed to introduce the HRB research community to the essentials of FAIR Data Stewardship. 

The workshop is also in line with the approach the HRB is taking: -

  • towards research data and data sharing 
  • growing international consensus on the need to comply with good practice in the use and reuse of research data
  • to preserve and share research data and datasets in a manner that maximises their long-term value.

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