FAIR-IMPACT Webinar: Virtual Clinic for potential applicants to the first Open Call

Webinar: FAIR-IMPACT’s Virtual Clinic for potential applicants to the first Open Call.

Online, 16 May 2023.

On 16 May, FAIR-IMPACT will be hosting a webinar to address the application process for the first open call. If you are thinking about submitting an application you are invited to join the webinar informal Virtual Clinic from 15:00-16:00. During the clinic, you’ll have the chance to ask the FAIR-IMPACT team any questions you might have about the support actions, eligibility, and the application process.  

FAIR-IMPACT launched in April 2023 the first of three open calls for financial supportIn this first open call, FAIR-IMPACT encourages applications to participate in two defined support actions designed to help participants learn how to use specific tools, methods, and approaches to start (or continue) their journey to becoming more FAIR-enabling.

Registration for this Virtual Clinic webinar is free and open to all.

FAIR-IMPACT Webinar: Developing Guidelines for Metadata Collection and Curation for Research Software


Online, 23 May 2023.

The aim of this FAIR-IMPACT webinar is to present a draft of the FAIR-IMPACT guidelines for the collection and curation of metadata to archive, reference, describe and cite research software. During the webinar, taking place from 10:30 – 11:30 CEST, we will request input from participants on a Q&A document and on a shared Google doc. The guidelines were developed by the FAIR-IMPACT “Standard metadata for research software” team, with joint efforts of the other partners in the FAIR-IMPACT project and the FAIRCORE4EOSC project.

Goal of the event

During the webinar, FAIR-IMPACT will show its exploration research software landscape, showcasing different guidelines and metadata vocabularies. FAIR-IMPACT will also address the need for standardised guidelines for collecting and curating metadata for all types of research objects, not only for researchers and developers but also for reviewers/moderators and publishers who handle software in their publication workflow.

The event will survey the ecosystem of scholarly infrastructures and review existing guidelines in this area, integrating feedback from the research community. 

The goal of the webinar is to foster coordination and collaboration among various relevant projects and organisations, including the EOSC Task Forces, the CodeMeta Initiative, the FORCE11 Software Implementation WG, the joint FORCE11, RDA & ReSA FAIR for Research Software WG, the RDA Software Source Code IG, and the FAIRCORE4EOSC project, to ensure that the guidelines developed by FAIR-impact are implemented in a collaborative and integrated manner.

Furthermore,the event will identify the required minimum metadata-set to archive, reference, describe and cite research software, and verify if it can be sufficiently described to answer different reuse and reproducibility use cases. Finally, FAIR-IMPACT will discuss the normalisation efforts of CodeMeta and its crosswalk table to extend interoperability, as well as exploring possible synergies with initiatives such as FAIR Computational Workflow principles and community efforts like Bioschemas.

In conclusion, this webinar will provide an overview of the guidelines for the collection and curation of metadata to archive, reference, describe and cite research software. This webinar is the only live event to contribute to the finalisation of the guidelines, due to the EU commission at the end of June 2023.

Who should attend

The larger research software community is invited to participate and provide input, including all types of stakeholders in the scholarly ecosystem.

More information on the FAIR-IMPACT website.

FAIR-IMPACT Webinar: PID best practices for complex data citation, semantic artefacts and related services

Webinar: FAIR-IMPACT’s Virtual Clinic for potential applicants to the first Open Call.

Online, 25 May 2023.

FAIR-IMPACT is organising a workshop on the topic of PIDs in complex data citation, semantic artefacts and related services. The project invites relevant projects and initiatives to provide an update on their related work and the ambition is to work together on defining community best practices on PIDs and complex data citation. The workshop will also touch upon topics of common interests around granularity, versioning and research object types. The aim is to achieve a more coherent implementation of PIDs, leading to more exact data citation and a broader and more targeted use of PIDs.

Goal of the event

To work together to define best PID practices for complex data citation, semantic artefacts and related services. The main objective is to have the workshop feed into “Defining PID practices in FAIR data management and use case” documentation being prepared by FAIR-IMPACT. Topics to cover: 

  • Managing PIDs with different types of entities, e.g. physical, digital, conceptual
  • Examples of cases where assigning PIDs in data citation workflows can be challenging
  • PIDs for semantic artefacts
  • Versioning and granularity of semantic artefacts and entities
  • PIDs for services

Who should attend

FDO Initiative, RDA Complex Citations WG or RDA Data Citations WG, RDA Data Granularity WG, AGU Data Citation Community practices. A mixed approach with the invitations. The groups listed above will be invited to join the workshop and present their work. The workshop will also be open for everyone interested. No restrictions on the amount of workshop participants.

More information on the event here.

Open Science FAIR 2023

Open Science Fair 2023

Madrid, Spain, 25–27 September 2023.


Open Science FAIR 2023 – the emblematic initiative of OpenAIRE – returns to its in-person format from 25–27 September in Madrid, Spain. This year the event will be co-organised with OpenAIRE’s Spanish NOAD, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, as well as key European projects and global initiatives.

The fourth edition of the OS FAIR aims at reflecting on the future of Open Science, what lies ahead and how we can work together, pave the way and focus on charting the future of Open Science for future generations. The conference will bring together different communities and experiences from around the world to identify synergies, share good practices and develop collaborative interfaces. An exciting programme with dynamic sessions will be put together and it will include keynote speeches by distinguished speakers, roundtable discussions, workshops and training sessions, as well as demo sessions. OS FAIR will bring together perspectives from different actors and will suggest ways on how communities can work together to produce roadmaps for the implementation of Open Science.

The OS FAIR welcomes all actors of the research communities and infrastructures, including: librarians, repository managers, content providers, service providers, research administrators, facilitators of research, learned societies, publishers, policy makers and funders, citizen science groups and initiatives, and innovators in scholarly communication.

The FAIR-IMPACT project will feature at the Open Science FAIR 2023.

OntoCommons Workshop

Hybrid, 4–6 April 2023.

The ambition to facilitate data sharing and interoperability within the Materials and Manufacturing domains is the core motivation for this event. Stemming from the OntoCommons H2020 project activities, this focused workshop provides a platform for academic researchers and industrial practitioners to meet and discuss about the Materials and Manufacturing Commons* key enablers, in particular, Digital Marketplaces, FAIR Principles and Ontologies. In this workshop, the Digital Marketplaces concept and its current status of implementation will be shown in order to continue the discussion about requirements and challenges using ontologies. Tools supporting data documentation and interoperability will be showcased, and concrete challenges, success stories, as well as experiences using ontologies will be shared. A session and panel discussion on the future developments of Materials and Manufacturing Commons with focus on materials and manufacturing data spaces will round up the first part of the workshop. In the second part, the FAIR principles will be introduced and existing tools and guidelines to leverage the FAIR principles in industrial context will be identified and discussed together with experts and participants. The third day of the workshop will be dedicated to participants’ input, feedback and questions, including an open pitch session for participants. Demos of the tools provided by the ontology commons ecosystem, a virtual tour of digital marketplaces and hands-on working sessions for enhancing the FAIRness score of participants’ own ontologies will provide a tangible take-away result from the workshop. To deepen and consolidate the communication and networking between OntoCommons, the digital marketplaces, FAIR initiatives and interested users of semantic tools, this workshop is open (no registration fee) and will take place on-site at the Fraunhofer Forum Berlin (Germany).

The FAIR-IMPACT project will be showcased in Session 3: FAIR Resources for Industry.

Registration and programme information can be found on the OntoCommons website.

Why Mappings Matter and how to make them FAIR – A FAIR-IMPACT Workshop

FAIR Impact Mapping Workshop

Online, 13 April 2023.

Semantic artefacts  – a broader term to include ontologies, terminologies, taxonomies, thesauri, vocabularies, metadata schemas and standards – are key to achieving data interoperability and are therefore essential to the implementation of the FAIR principles. With the growing number of semantic artefacts and their diversified uses, interconnecting these artefacts becomes critical but also more challenging. To achieve interoperability and integration, one solution is to identify/generate mappings/crosswalks between different artefacts of the same domain or used to represent the same type of information. This process, known in the semantic web domain as ontology matching or ontology alignment, should be applied to the whole spectrum of semantic artefacts.

As any other type of data, we need a strategy to deal with mappings and ensure mappings are made available following the FAIR principles in relevant mapping repositories where they can be curated, integrated and rendered for reuse. Recent initiatives like the SEMAF study or the SSSOM format or the activities within the FAIR-IMPACT and FAIRCORE4EOSC projects have highlighted the needs of communities to find, access and reuse mappings and crosswalks in a machine actionable format which is not currently addressed. 

FAIR-IMPACT is starting a series of workshops to discuss issues around mappings and crosswalks and how they can become shareable and reusable, i.e. FAIR, elevating them to “first class” citizens in the FAIR data world.

The first one will take place on Thursday 13 Apr at 14:00 – 18:00 CEST.

Registration and agenda information can be found on the FAIR-IMPACT website.

Goal of the event

The 1st FAIR-IMPACT workshop of the series, ‘Why Mappings Matter and how to make them FAIR?’, will introduce participants to the motivation behind doing mappings and how they could benefit even more by making mappings FAIR. Then a series of Show and Tell presentations will take place, where use cases and practices from a range of communities –spanning domains, research infrastructures, projects, task forces, and working groups– will be presented. During this workshop, FAIR-IMPACT will also introduce The Simple Standard for Sharing Ontological Mappings (SSSOM) as a candidate format for defining and sharing entity mappings, considering also its pivotal role in the FAIRCORE4EOSC technical specifications.

The presentations will be followed by a collaborative work on mapping aspects, including methodologies, formats, tools, requirements for FAIR mappings and examples.

The main objective of this workshop is to define, together with different communities, the initial requirements for developing a useful framework around FAIR mappings including the requirements to adhere to the FAIR principles. 

This workshop is organised by FAIR-IMPACT and the SSSOM developer community.

Webinar: FAIR-IMPACT Open Call for Support


Online, 27 March 2023.

How can I practically apply the FAIR Principles in my work? How do I know what is the right FAIR-enabling tool for me?

To help answer these questions, the FAIR-IMPACT project will be launching the first of three open calls for financial support in April 2023. In this first open call, the project will be encouraging applications to participate in two defined support actions designed to help participants learn how to use specific tools, methods, and approaches to start (or continue) their journey to becoming more FAIR-enabling.

For more information on the open call, including FAQs and an Expression of Interest form, please check out the dedicated webpage.

On 27 March at 12.00 UTC/14.00 CEST, FAIR-IMPACT will be hosting a webinar to introduce potential applicants and other interested parties to the open call and to provide details about the two support actions on offer. The session will outline who the support action is aimed at, what will be expected of participants, how it will benefit them,  the skills and expertise necessary to participate, and how to apply. There will be time during the webinar for attendees to ask questions about any aspects of the open call.

Registration for this webinar is free and open to all.

Login or sign up to the FAIR-IMPACT website and complete the registration form.

18th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2023

OR 2023

South Africa, 12–15 June 2023.

The 18th International Conference on Open Repositories 2023 (OR 2023) will take place close to Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 12-15 June. The conference will be hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service. The venue of the conference will be the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West.

For more information about previous Open Repositories conferences and their governance please visit OpenRepositories.org.

More details on the programme upcoming.