GO FAIR IG - Charter Statement

05 Jan 2019

GO FAIR IG - Charter Statement


Please note that the text below the line contains the original Charter, also attached here.  The original Charter was superseded by the revised Charter in July 2020, which  can be found here.

Original Charter of the Go Fair Interest Group


RDA Interest Group Draft Charter


GO FAIR Interest Group



GO FAIR stands for Global Open FAIR and aims at bringing interested stakeholders together to define a practical and concrete approach for implementing the FAIR principles. GO FAIR is organized in terms of Implementation Networks (INs) that are groups of stakeholders that decide to collaborate to define, design and/or implement elements that can contribute to a global platform for data, services and computing capacity interoperability. The GO FAIR Interest Group (GFIG) aims at serving as a bridge between the various GO FAIR INs and RDA’s Interest and Work Groups.


User scenario(s) or use case(s) the IG wishes to address

  • From one side, RDA Interest and Work Groups produce a number of guidelines and recommended approaches to deal with several data-related issues and they could and should be adopted by the GO FAIR INs (INs) in their activities. From the other side, the GO FAIR INs often identify issues for what there are no recommended approaches yet. These issues will be brought up to the RDA community’s attention by this proposed GO FAIR Interest Group. Some of the identified issues brought from the GO FAIR Ins can be tackled in existing RDA Work Groups and others can motivate the formation of new RDA Work Groups.




  • GFIG will establish frequent communication and collaboration with RDA FAIR-related IGs and WGs;
  • GFIG will bring recommendations produced by RDA IGs and WGs into the GO FAIR INs for testing and adoption;
  • GFIG will bring the results and feedback from the testing and adoption of RDA recommendations by GO FAIR INs back to their related RDA IGs and WGs;
  • GFIG will bring data-related issues identified by GO FAIR INs for which proper recommendations are missing to the attention of the RDA community aiming at raising enough interest so interested members of RDA could tackle, eventually by spinning off new RDA IGs, WGs or task forces.
  • Create RDA WGs to tackle some of the identified issues.



Both GO FAIR and RDA are initiatives that congregate a diversity of communities from different knowledge domains. In the context of RDA, the commonality is the interest in evolving the current practices in research data. For GO FAIR, this commonality is the desire to contribute to an improvement in findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability of data, services and computing capacity. Therefore, the proposed GO FAIR IG is open to individuals from all communities interested in sharing these goals with contributions ranging from technical definitions of metadata content and semantics to data policy templates.



As previously mentioned, this proposed IG aims at serving as a bridge between activities and interests in RDA and GO FAIR. Therefore, the expected outcomes are:

  • Closer collaboration between the communities from these two initiatives;
  • RDA recommendations tested and validated in GO FAIR Implementation Networks;
  • New RDA WGs focusing on issues identified by GO FAIR Implementation Networks;
  • New RDA recommendations based on issues identified by GO FAIR Implementation Networks;



The GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office and the GO FAIR Regional Offices keep constant communication with the GO FAIR Implementation Networks. The data-related issues identified by these INs will be discussed with the RDA communities during the planned bi-monthly GO FAIR IG calls and during the RDA Plenaries. Similarly, the RDA recommendations will be brought to the GO FAIR INs attention during the many calls, meetings and conferences organized by GO FAIR. Moreover, there are many RDA members that participate in GO FAIR INs. We will invite them to become members of this proposed GO FAIR IG making the connection between RDA and GO FAIR closer and more direct.



  • Establish the IG;
  • Coordinate the first f2f meeting (hopefully at P13);
  • Increase the number of participants of the IG;
  • Engage with related RDA IGs and WGs to start the collaboration and communication;
  • Establish the first cases of GO FAIR INs testing and adopting RDA recommendations;
  • Bring the first GO FAIR-identified issues to the RDA community;


Potential Group Members





Luiz Olavo

Bonino da Silva Santos





Mark D.










Le Franc

































Review period start: 
Saturday, 5 January, 2019 to Tuesday, 12 February, 2019
  • Sarah Jones's picture

    Author: Sarah Jones

    Date: 01 Mar, 2019

    I’m one of the potential members of this Group as I attended the BoF at the last plenary, but on reviewing the IG proposal I’m struggling to understand how it would function and fit within the structures of RDA.

    Interest Groups should be convened around a topic of interest which is sufficiently narrow to generate constructive discussion e.g. metadata standards, data citation, repository interoperability etc. This one is about bridging between GO-FAIR and RDA, two large (and often overwhelming and unclear!) bodies. What would be the focus of discussion in IG sessions at plenaries? The remit is very all-encompassing so it’s hard to tell.

    Reading the description I am reminded of text we have in our RDA Europe grant calls for ambassadors and nodes. In these, the individual or entity is expected to bridge between their discipline or country and the RDA. They should engage with RDA to learn about outputs / outcomes and take these home to promote adoption and test implementation amongst their communities. Their work within their discipline or country should also uncover requirements which they bring to RDA to shape IG/WG activities. It’s essentially a two-way information exchange.

    GO-FAIR is proposing to bridge between itself and RDA in this way but it doesn’t represent a single research discipline or country. Indeed a lot of the GO-FAIR members are also RDA members so what is being bridged between whom?

    My hunch is that these objectives are best served through the organisational or regional membership categories. Given the similarity between GO-FAIR and RDA though, I think a more in-depth discussion is needed to clarify the roles and remits of each and how they can most usefully work together. I’m not sure an IG is the right vehicle for the work proposed.

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