International FAIR Convergence Symposium

International FAIR Convergence Symposium

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Symposium to advance international and cross-domain convergence around FAIR.

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The International FAIR Convergence Symposium will take place as a fully virtual event in the week 27 November - 4 December.

In order to facilitate the new approach, and in response to a number of enquiries, we have also extended the deadline for submissions of session proposals to 30 September and of posters and lightning talks to 31 October.

To ensure an engaging and dynamic event, with clear outcomes, the organisers now envision the Symposium as a series of online sessions, dispersed over one week to accommodate a range of timezones as best as possible.

The International FAIR Convergence Symposium is organised by CODATA and GO FAIR in the week of November 27 - December 4. The two internationally recognized organisations will convene a global community with an interest in combining data across domains for a host of research issues - including major global challenges, such as those relating to the SDGs or the COVID-19 pandemic. Outcomes will directly inform the CODATA Decadal Programme 'Making data work for cross-domain grand challenges’ and the GO FAIR community’s convergence towards bottom-up development of the Internet of FAIR data and services globally.

The outcomes will address fundamental issues, such as an improved alignment with parallel and emerging data initiatives around the world and lessons learned during the current crisis (virus outbreak) in relation to international research data sharing and the role of FAIR.

The approach in many sessions will be detailed and technical, resulting in recommendations, consensus for action and draft implementations.

Participation is open to ALL researchers, data experts, funders, and science policy makers.


All topics related to issues, challenges, convergence and consensus-building around FAIR are in scope. Four primary themes are highlighted below. Examples of particular interest are listed under each of the themes, but proposals on other topics relating to the below four themes are welcome.

1. CRISIS REDUCTION AND RESPONSE (learning from COVID-19 outbreak)

  • Virus Outbreak Data Network
  • COVID-19 initiatives on data exchange
  • Balancing public good and individual freedom in disaster data
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Infectious Disease (including (meta)data collection, description, analysis, modelling, etc.)
  • Applying lessons from COVID-19 to other hazards

2. FAIR specifications

  • Semantic interoperability
  • FAIR vocabularies, FAIR metadata
  • Certification of FAIR services (repositories, process)
  • Legal challenges to tackle
  • Systems analysis
  • Core tools for cross-domain interoperability
  • FAIR data objects applications

3. FAIR society

  • FAIR for SDGs (including contributing to SDG data, scientific analysis of SDGs)
  • Traditional knowledge, indigenous data and CARE
  • Use cases of FAIR in business and industry
  • Ethical dimensions of data, FAIR and open
  • Smart, resilient and healthy cities
  • Citizen science and the SDGs
  • Policy monitoring: transportation, health, planning, and measuring economic impacts

4. Data stewardship: training and career opportunities

  • Role of data stewardship centres in research institutions
  • Data stewardship competences, skills and training
  • Data stewardship career profiles and development
  • Distributed learning on Federated Data train


The Symposium programme will be announced in October.

It will include keynotes and/or plenary sessions introducing each of the four themes, parallel sessions of various formats (paper sessions, workshops, interactive practical sessions and demos) and a plenary poster session. A plenary panel discussion will close the second day of the Symposium. See also paragraph on session types above.

Important dates:

30 April: call for session proposals released

29 May: registration open

30 September: deadline for session proposals

23 October: accepted session proposals notified

31 October: deadline for posters and lightning talks submissions

26 October: initial programme announced

16 November: close of registration

27 November-4 December: International FAIR Convergence Symposium

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