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Introducing the new RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors

Announcing five new RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors! Find out what this new role will mean for me and FAIRsharing.

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been appointed one of five newly-minted RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors! We have different domains of interests and different goals (I’ll get onto those in a moment), but what brings us together is a common interest in engagement, both within our communities and globally across everyone interested in research data. In my role as the FAIRsharing Content & Community Lead, you’ll see posts on the FAIRsharing blog and various other outreach and social media methods (please find me and FAIRsharing on Twitter!). However, I’d like to also provide some occasional additional notes here, on my personal blog, in a more informal way.

Who are the RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassadors?

You can find us all listed on our official homepage, but here is a short summary of everyone, and what they plan to do.

Geta Mitrea RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for Social Sciences (Education): University „Stefan cel Mare” of Suceava (Romania). She will be actively promoting what EOSC Future and RDA have to offer, acting as a multiplier across disciplinary networks, at regional, national and thematic level (at regional North-East Area from Romania and also at national level for sociology/social work/social sciences scientific domain).

Pedro Frietas Mendes RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for Chemical Engineering / Catalysis. increasing FAIR awareness, and he will want to work on guidelines for FAIR data sharing in catalysis. Finally, set the groundwork for FAIR data sharing in his domain.

Anne Cambon-Thomsen RDA/EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for Medical Science. Increasing the awareness and implementation of Open Science and especially Open Data in human immunogenetics, genetics, bioethics and research ethics communities, through participation in meetings and education schemes in these domains.

Francis P. Crowley (GCPA & SIDCER): RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for Ethics & Law: the goal of this ambassadorship is to evaluate, explain, educate, and promote the use of the EOSC best practices in ethics and law, while advancing the understanding of EOSC Future with scientists and research institutions as well as with patients, communities, health advocates, and the public, providing important emphasis on those instances otherwise under-represented in initiatives for Open Science.

Allyson Lister (0000-0002-7702-4495): RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for standards, repositories and policies: I will focus on enriching the relationships among standards, repositories and policies through the development of a FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme. This programme will draw upon the collective domain expertise within the RDA and EOSC to build a network of community curators who will “champion” their domain of interest, and gain attribution and recognition in return.

What does it mean to be the RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for standards, repositories and policies?

In this first post, I am covering what it means to be a Domain Ambassador, and a short summary of how I plan to fulfil my role as the RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for standards, repositories and policies. In later posts I will look at the specific tasks that the RDA and EOSC Future have in mind when they developed the Ambassador programme, and describe how they relate to my particular appointment.

Engaging and enriching researcher networks

“[The ambassadorships targeted] recognised domain experts and skilled communicators [so that they can] serve as conduits between the RDA, EOSC Future and the wider domain specific communities they belong to.

Ambassador homepage

There are many worthy and respected projects, infrastructures and communities available worldwide, and it can seem confusing as we try to navigate them all and utilise them to the best of our ability. We ambassadors are all active within the RDA, and can use the network of RDA volunteers to achieve our goals for each of our domains. It might be interesting to note, however, that one requirement of applying for an ambassadors is that we cannot be a part of the EOSC Future consortium. The idea is to improve collaboration among our communities, the RDA and EOSC Future, but it was important that the ambassadors bring an outside perspective.

As part of my ambassador activities, I will contact the five EOSC ESFRI cluster projects and work from within the RDA itself (e.g. at the RDA Plenary later this month as part of IDW2022) with the aim of promoting these community standards, repositories and policies across research areas by enriching their descriptions within FAIRsharing. To do this, I will be expanding the newly-created FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme. You can see what this programme is by reading the account of one of our early-adopter community curators, Lindsey Anderson. (Please let us know if you’d like to be a part of this!)

Communication and knowledge exchange

By ensuring this communication and knowledge exchange, the grants will support the building of awareness-raising around the work and outputs of EOSC Future and also aim to help discipline experts grow their network and collaborate with like-minded people and organisations via the RDA.

Ambassador homepage

One of my activities as an ambassador will be, together with the community curators, to create training material, support spaces, and other material to continue the programme curators’ (and their organisations’) engagement with FAIRsharing and therefore EOSC information aggregators. The more completely each community curator’s ecosystem of standards, repositories and policies are described within FAIRsharing, the more accessible and discoverable those resources will be both to other research and research-support roles (such as data stewards), but also to information aggregators (e.g. our partnership with the OpenAIRE knowledge graph) and third-party FAIR evaluation and assessment tools (such as the Data Stewardship Wizard).


Successful applications should ensure that benefits are brought back to the disciplinary communities and the domain specific needs and input are streamlined into the work supporting the development of EOSC.

Ambassador homepage

My final activity is outreach, where I will give presentations and utilise social media to present the results of this ambassadorship. Through the domain ambassadorship, and through the coordinated efforts of a network of engaged community curators, we will enrich the community “space” within FAIRsharing, but more importantly improve discoverability, functionalities and connectivity of RDA/EOSC outputs.

You can read about all five of us on the Ambassador page, as well as a more detailed summary of my particular domain (standards, repositories and policies) and anticipated activities at my specific ambassador announcement.

Although the funding period runs from now to September 2023, FAIRsharing will continue to support and promote the Community Curation Programme as the network of curators and the growth of their own ‘subject-agnostic community curation space’ will sustain the programme for the long term.

By Allyson Lister

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