Published June 7, 2018 | Version Interim draft
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Turning FAIR data into reality: interim report from the European Commission Expert Group on FAIR data

  • 1. CODATA
  • 2. Digital Curation Centre
  • 3. National Library of Ireland
  • 4. Observatoire Astronomique de Strasbourg
  • 5. Digital Repository of Ireland
  • 6. CSC-IT Center for Science
  • 7. Data Science Institute, University of Virginia
  • 8. Vytautas Magnus University
  • 9. Max Planck Computing and Data Facility


Interim report of the European Commission Expert Group on Turning FAIR Data into reality. The Group has a remit to provide recommendations, indicators and input on the financing of activities required to turn FAIR data into reality at an EU, Member State and international level. A FAIR Data Action Plan has also been proposed. See

The interim report will be formally released at the EOSC Summit on 11 June 2018 in Brussels, where a workshop will be run to consult on the recommendations and Action Plan. The report will be open for comments via a stakeholder consultation in June-August 2018.

The FAIR Data Expert Group was also asked to contribute to the evaluation of the Horizon 2020 Data Management Plan template and future revisions in light of harmonisation with funders across the EU, including the development of additional sector/ discipline specific guidance (if desired). A separate report was published on this in Spring 2018. See



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