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The “FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship” were published in 2016 in the Scientific Data journal. The article introduces the FAIR Data Principles, understood as a set of principles that a data publication should meet to become Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable).


Sonja Bezjak, April Clyburne-Sherin, Philipp Conzett, Pedro Fernandes, Edit Görögh, Kerstin Helbig, Bianca Kramer, Ignasi Labastida, Kyle Niemeyer, Fotis Psomopoulos, Tony Ross-Hellauer, René Schneider, Jon Tennant, Ellen Verbakel, Helene Brinken, & Lambert Heller. (2018). Open Science Training Handbook (1.0).

Collected, generated, or used data in the development of research projects have received the attention of the scientific community and management bodies in the recent years. Europe has been promoting Research Data Management, RDM, making it mandatory for any Horizon 2020 project and its Open Research Data Pilot. RDM is a term that describes the creation, organization, structuring, storage, preservation and sharing of data. It is for this reason that projects funded by the European Commission require the implementation of data management plan to make data FAIR. The FAIR data principles increase research efficiency and transparency because they make research outputs more rapidly available, and they support the reuse of research data.

Since 2016, all the universities of Catalonia have support services on research data management to help researchers develop data management plans, go FAIR, and deposit data into the appropriate repositories. This service is coordinated by the Research Support Working Group, formed by representatives from the participating institutions.

CSUC facilitates the tools to make research data management an easy and agile process for users. The Consortium makes available to interested institutions resources to publish open access following the FAIR data principles. CSUC works side by side with universities and research centers to promote FAIR data principles, and implement them in the day-to-day research activities in Catalonia.