As part of the NI4OS-Europe project, on which SRCE participates as one of the partners, the first series of webinars on the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) principles was held on February 19 and 20, 2020. The webinars were designed to train lecturers who will educate the scientific and research community about FAIR principles and how to apply them to their own research data as part of the project. The main objective of the webinar was to provide project partners with insight into available training tools and methods and how to convey knowledge of FAIR principles and data in a quality and engaging way.
Experts from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, the University of Debrecen and Data Archiving and Networked Services from the Netherlands during the webinar introduced the participants to FAIR principles and the available tools and platforms that can be used in the development of educational materials and workshops on FAIR data.
The theme of the first webinar was 3P - principles, procedures and platforms. Participants are familiar with the methodology, methods and principles of lifelong learning and adult learning.
The second webinar was devoted to the topic FAIR data and principles. Participants were provided with useful information on how to organize a quality workshop on FAIR data, provided an overview of topics that could be addressed during the workshops, related to FAIR data and principles, and presented a number of examples of existing, ready-made educational materials that are publicly available for usage.
The third webinar was named FAIR train the trainers. The webinar provided a range of practical examples and tools available for use that lecturers can incorporate into their workshops. Part of the webinar was dedicated to the presentation of the so-called icebreakers, that is, the variety of activities that a workshop can start with, the purpose of which is to encourage participants to interact and communicate with each other and to make the content of the workshop more dynamic. A number of tools are presented that can be used to develop and design FAIR data and principles workshops, such as platforms for creating a Data Management Plan (DMP), data anonymization tools, research data repositories, creation tools metadata description, and tools to check the extent to which the data is FAIR, etc.