The FAIR principles and the EOSC concept in PARTHENOS community

The FAIR principles and the EOSC concept in PARTHENOS community
by Stefano Sbarbati

PARTHENOS project recently presented an interesting publication called “The FAIR principles and the EOSC concept in the research community of digital humanities, language studies and cultural heritage – an expeditionary survey”, which can be downloaded here. The research was organized by a PARTHENOS’ team led by the project coordinator Franco Niccolucci, with the active collaboration of WP2 “Community involvement and requirements”, WP6 “Services and tool” and WP7 “Skills, professional development and advancement”.

The “expeditionary” survey is based on the answers of some 100 respondents within the research community of the domain of digital humanities, language studies and cultural heritage, and was motivated by the need of taking the pulse of these researchers about the EOSC, its development and purpose, in the light of the statement made in the EU EOSC Declaration that EOSC “services and functionalities shall be user-driven”.

The survey took also into account the qualitative outputs coming from the “Focus on the EOSC” workshop, held on 8 November 2017 by the PARTHENOS project, in the occasion of another project meeting.

The survey, despite not being representative of the whole research community, clearly identified significant gaps with regards to the FAIR principles and the EOSC concept, and offered at the same time some strategical insights on how to foster the widespread adoption of such key concepts in the broad research areas targeted by the project.

The strategies identified range from short-term actions, such as the training and educational solutions already being developed by PARTHENOS, to the definition of long-term visions such as the definition of pipelines and fast-tracks to bring already available services in a cloud environment, creating standard and easy to use procedures to support research communities shift.

For a more in-depth overview of the survey and its preliminary results, please download the document here.