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Data stewards eager to learn how to create FAIR metadata for national COVID-19 data portal

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ZonMw, the GO FAIR Foundation and Health-RI will kick off a new series of six virtual workshops. More than 80 data stewards and researchers from different institutes will learn to design machine actionable metadata. The workshops are part of a ZonMw project that will help to develop COVID FAIR data services and a national COVID-19 data portal. Both are instrumental to facilitate and speed up research on COVID-19.

In the current COVID-19 pandemic, a plethora of COVID-19 related data is produced in the health care system and the Dutch research community. This data is crucial for research on ways to prevent COVID-19, to find optimal treatment of patients and for managing the impact of the pandemic on society and economy. There is as huge impact on science. The COVID-19 data portal will enable the broader COVID-19 research community to find, access and reuse the data that already has been generated.

Fruitful collaboration

The training programme offered by ZonMw, the GO FAIR Foundation and Health-RI is underway.

Data stewards and researchers were first introduced to the importance of FAIR data in a training workshop that took place October 7th and 8th.

Now, it is all about the process of developing machine-readable metadata templates. Data stewards are excited to start the series of nine Metadata for Machine (M4M) workshops where they will learn how to create these templates describing their own projects and research outputs. Machine actionable metadata are crucial to open up research data in the national COVID-19 Program.

The results of these workshops are of interest to the broader data stewardship community and are being shared through close collaboration with DTL's Data Stewards Interest Group (DSIG).

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