Scholarly Societies in the context of Open Science: Getting a FAIR start

A Getting to Know You event organised by OpenAIRE and the ALLEA E-Humanities working group

Scholarly societies have a profound history of supporting the research process and researchers, acting as major disseminators of academic work of all kinds, and engaging in subject-specific advocacy activities. Many Societies are implementing ways of going beyond supporting open access publishing to underpinning open science, by expressing support also for FAIR data, finding new ways forward for a more diverse range of outputs, as well as crucially being engaged in increasing the broader impact of their research for the wider public good and thus also gaining greater public visibility.

To help support the broader Open Science agenda, OpenAIRE and the ALLEA E-Humanities working group are partnering to facilitate a half-day workshop focussing on Learned and Scholarly Societies, colocated with the Research Data Alliance 14th plenary in Finland. The workshop addresses Open Science implementation issues, with a particular focus on the development of FAIR data practices. Attention will be paid to how Open Science benefits researchers and research practice, while also touching on wider societal impact by addressing big societal challenges of the day through Citizen Science.

Information taken from OpenAIRE website here.

The ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group Chair, Dr. Natalie Harrower, director of the Digital Repository of Ireland, will give an overview of the outcomes of the open consultation and the upcoming Recommendations for Sustainable and FAIR data sharing in the Humanities being delivered by the ALLEA WG. The recommendations cover key steps humanities researchers and data professionals have to take to make their data FAIR. These are the result of a collective exercise and a wide Open Consultation process and focus on identifying current challenges and providing practical advice and resources to support the transition towards sustainable and FAIR data in the Humanities. To find out more visit

Topics addressed during the conference included:

    • FAIR and the research data lifecycle – discipline-specific perspectives and how scholarly societies are addressing the various requirements
    • Archiving research data: Supporting researchers in managing their research data and software associated to the publication effectively, recommendations for storage and sharing appropriately and how to link to Data Management Plans, using ZENODO and other research data repositories for broad and reliable dissemination of research using PIDs, etc.. How to curate your information.
    • Funding new approaches to data: How can research funding models adequately compensate new ways of making data available under FAIR, or novel approaches to publishing data on the part of researchers?
    • Metrics and FAIR: Bringing FAIR into how researchers track research publications and their usage over time and how they link this to information such as research grants and institutional affiliation.
    • Open science: What national policies are needed to make the vision more of a reality for scholars, and how can researcher communities (learned societies, Clusters) feed into both national policy more effectively while gaining direct information, training and advice at the European level? (With case studies from the ALLEA e-Humanities Working Group and the OpenAIRE National Open Access Desks).
    • Social impact via Citizen Science engagement: Encouraging the uptake and re-use of data by Citizen Scientists through researcher outreach and appropriate infrastructure.


21 October 2019, 12:30 – 18:00


Open to the public; registration mandatory

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Location TBD, close to the venue of the RDA Plenary 14th