Added on 24 February 2021


‘FAIR Forever? FAIRer for Longer: Digital Preservation and the European Open Science Cloud’
18 March 2021 | 14:00 – 16:00 UTC | Online

The DPC is delighted to announce registration is now open for the next DPC Webinar titled ‘FAIR Forever? FAIRer for Longer: Digital Preservation and the European Open Science Cloud’ taking place on 18th March at 14:00 UTC via Zoom. The webinar will highlight digital preservation strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to research data within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and in the research community more broadly.

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. It aims to connect 1.7 million researchers and 70 million professionals across Europe to FAIR data and services that promote Open Science practices.

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’ study, 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 an overview of EOSC and FAIR, followed by a summary of the FAIR Forever study’s key findings and recommendations.

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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