How to Implement FAIR Data Principles?

In the last week of November, a ReIReS workshop on FAIR data use was held in Mainz, organized by the Leibniz Institute of European History. We interviewed Anna Aschauer, one of the participants and co-organizer of the workshop.

Tell us about your experiences during the workshop

It was an intensive and exciting week full of discussion, presentation, and exchange. We have got a chance to see the data of our project partners from the inside and to discuss how and in what way such infrastructure solutions like DARIAH or PARTHENOS could be of help in the ReIReS-project. The biggest challenge for me as an organizer was to cover different areas within one workshop: religious studies, legal framework, information technology.

In the same time, this workshop was aimed at finding solutions: not just discussing the FAIR principle in data management, but also find ways to implement it, in order to make the data findable and searchable outside a given institution.

What was the most meaningful insight you gained?

Through this workshop, which was my first ReIReS workshop, I could see how big the diversity within the project is. Multiple kinds of organizations, situated in different countries created various databases (relying on different metadata standards) which are framed in several legal systems.

How would you like to finish the ReIReS slogan “Knowledge creates…”?

Knowledge creates exchange and interaction. If applied on a more abstract level, I would say, that knowledge is a kind of common denominator. Only if shared, it allows us to exchange information and opinions.

Anna Aschauer M.A.,  Member of the academic staff IEG, project DARIAH-DE

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