18 March 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00 UTC Online | Zoom

The DPC invites you to join us for this webinar on the challenges of preserving data in the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and in the research community more broadly. The webinar will provide an overview of current developments in EOSC and key findings from the recent DPC FAIR Forever study. A panel discussion with leaders and representatives of EOSC and the Open Science community will address challenges and next steps for ensuring the FAIRness of research data in the long-term.


2021 is set to be a significant year for research data management, as the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) embarks on a new implementation phase of its compelling and ambitious prospectus. EOSC seeks to bring scientists and their audiences together; to federate existing infrastructures; to augment these infrastructures; and to revolutionize how scientific knowledge is created in all disciplines, in all geographies.

EOSC offers practical implementation of the FAIR data principles (Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability) which are foundational and critical to the implementation of open science and open data.

The question therefore arises of how can (and indeed should) all this research data be preserved and shared for future generations? The sustainability of research data, including their long-term preservation and accessibility, is a core requirement of Open Science and will be essential to make the EOSC a success. But how ready is the digital preservation community for EOSC; and how is EOSC enabling digital preservation?

At the start of this new phase of EOSC, the DPC is hosting a webinar to discuss the digital preservation strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats that relate to research data within EOSC and in the research community more broadly. The webinar will draw from the recent DPC study ‘FAIR Forever? Long Term Data Preservation Roles and Responsibilities’, commissioned by the EOSC Sustainability Working Group and funded by the EOSC Secretariat Project in 2020, highlighting key findings relating to digital preservation capacity and recommended coordinated actions by repositories, researchers, and stakeholders to better ensure the long-term preservation of—and access to—research data in all its forms.

The webinar will begin with overviews of EOSC, FAIR, and the FAIR Forever study.

There will then be a panel session where a select group of leaders and representatives will be invited to reflect on their work and challenges that preservation and sustainability create.

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DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy 

The DPC Community is guided by the values set out in our Strategic Plan and aims to be respectful, welcoming, inclusive and transparent. We encourage diversity in all its forms and are committed to being accessible to everyone who wishes to engage with the topic of digital preservation, whilst remaining technology and vendor neutral. We ask all those who are part of this community and attending this session to be positive, accepting, and sensitive to the needs and feelings of others in alignment with our DPC Inclusion & Diversity Policy. 

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