Two new reports with recommendations have been released by the FAIR Working Group, on the FAIR metrics for EOSC and on the service certification.
The FAIR metrics report proposes a set of metrics for FAIR data in EOSC, taking the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model indicators as a baseline. The report strongly recommends that the proposed metrics are extensively tested and validated. The definition of metrics should be a continuous process, taking feedback from implementation into account to ensure requirements are inclusive and fit the diversity of research community practice.
The certification report reviews the status of certification schemes for repositories and makes recommendations on aligning these with the FAIR principles and implementing them with EOSC. CoreTrustSeal, which is a community-driven, international framework is proposed as the right level for research data repositories.
The report concludes that at this stage, certification status cannot be a necessary condition for a repository or other key components to be included in EOSC. However, it strongly recommends that repositories and services wanting to join EOSC use the certification framework criteria to check and improve their practices, with the aim to progress towards certification.