webinar series organised by the European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC)

As part of its openness and FAIRness mission, PARC orgineses a series of webinars open to all with an interest in FAIR data and FAIR tools / models / software. Speakers are from across the spectrum including from INQUIRE, WorldFAIR, MACRAME, NanoSolveIT and more.

Webinars are held every other Thursday 4-5 CET – around 45 minutes presentation + 15 minutes discussion.

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Webinar: Making the Invisible, Visible: Race, Racism, and Health Data Lessons From Latin American Countries

This panel brings together activists, academics, decision-makers, and representatives of social movements from Latin America to discuss the use, availability, and barriers to collecting race and ethnicity data in national census, health information systems, and vital statistics, and implications for documenting racial/ethnic health inequities in the region. The event marks the release of the data brief “Making the Invisible, Visible: Race, Racism, and Health Data, Lessons from Latin American countries” and the official launch of the newly CIHR-funded PAN-DIASPORA project (Pan-American Data Initiative for the Analysis of Population Racial/Ethnic Health Inequities).

PAN-DIASPORA is a collaborative research initiative designed to examine the availability, quality and scope of data collected and used on racial/ethnic inequities in urban areas in the Pan-American region, including Brazil, Colombia, Canada, and the United States. Using available national census data, health surveys and health surveillance systems and vital statistics registries, and situated within intersectional and structural racism frameworks, the PAN-DIASPORA project will contribute to discussions regarding the use of these data sources for the accurate documentation of racial health inequities, the creation of measures designed to describe the conditions in which marginalized racial/ethnic groups are embedded, and the development of policy action to mitigate and eliminate racial health inequities in the region.

This project is a partnership between the Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity at Drexel University (US), McGill University (Canada), the Institute of Collective Health at the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil), the University of Toronto (Canada), the School of Government at Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Johns Hopkins University (US), Pedro Kouri Institute (Cuba), and the SALURBAL Project at the Urban Health Collaborative at Drexel University (US).

WORLDFAIR CHEMISTRY WEBINAR 04: What is a Chemical? Innovation in Chemical descriptions

The IUPAC WorldFAIR Chemistry project is pleased to invite you to attend the fourth webinar of our series titled “What is a Chemical? Innovation in Chemical descriptions”. We are focusing on innovations and creative approaches to chemical description, particularly those that address chemicals in complex systems: such as reactions, multiple-component systems/mixtures, complexes, composites, formulations, and using these in different computational settings, representation services, tools, and mechanisms. 

To register: https://bit.ly/FAIRW4

The webinar series highlights the current status of working with descriptions of chemical substances, development of digital tools to transform chemical data notation into digital entities, and ways to implement FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles across the chemical enterprise.

This webinar lasts for 90 min, and we have invited 5 guest speakers to present their perspectives on the use of chemical substance notation” in their field within a 5 min flash presentation for each speaker. This will be followed by a panel discussion.

You can catch up with webinar recordings on the WorldFAIR Chemistry YouTube playlist.

Worldfair @ The RDA’s 10th Anniversary Events and Activities

February, June 2023 | Virtual events

In 2023 the Research Data Alliance is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The RDA is commemorating this important milestone with the community by organising a series of international and regional events and activities dedicated to a specific theme related to research data management of relevance to the RDA community.

January10th anniversary launch
FebruaryFAIR data, software and hardware
MarchA Decade of Data
AprilHealth and medical data
MayMetadata and technical infrastructure
JuneAgriculture and environmental data
JulyResearch data policy
AugustDisciplinary data
SeptemberSustainable development and responsible research
OctoberA festival of data
NovemberResearch data management support and education
DecemberAnniversary highlights

The WorldFAIR project has proposed two events as part of the above schedule:

  • WorldFAIR: Image sharing systems and practices in Cultural Heritage. February 2023. Work Package 13 presents their landscaping report identifying how Cultural Heritage institutions engage with FAIR (examining formats and image delivery technologies). This workshop will aim to have a community discussion around this report. More information will follow.
  • WorldFAIR Case Study on Plant-pollinator Interactions Data. June 2023. A webinar organisd by Work Package 10 providing an overview of what we have produced at the discovery phase: FAIR assessments, good practices, tools and examples to create, manage and share data related to plant-pollinator interactions.

Find out more about the event.

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WorldFAIR Chemistry webinar series: What is a Chemical? recordings available

The overarching goal of WorldFAIR WP3 is to align chemistry data standards with the FAIR data principles through:

  • development of guidelines, tools and validation services that enable scientists to share and store data in a FAIR manner
  • addressing gaps in standards that currently restrain chemistry research in both academic and industrial areas, in particular taking advantage of developments in artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • adoption of standards and best practices by critical stakeholders to significantly increase the amount of chemical data available for all scientific disciplines.

The WP has organised a series of talks and webinars since September 2022 – the recordings are now available below and on Youtube.

The third webinar recording will become available soon – stay tuned!

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20 March 2023

Workshop organised by the WorldFAIR project as a co-located event to RDA P20 in Gothenburg and Online.

The goal of this event is to describe the reasoning behind the development of the Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework (CDIF), to give a detailed picture of how it is currently envisioned and what activities, functions, and standards it will encompass, and to provide a current status of the work.

The EC-funded WorldFAIR project is coordinated by CODATA, with RDA as a major partner, and will produce an initial draft of the CDIF recommendations. Building on WorldFAIR, and other expert communities, a Working Group and Advisory Group have been established to oversee the development of CDIF. It is expected that CDIF will persist beyond the scope of the initial WorldFAIR Project, and include not only the eleven domain case studies, but also other interested communities. Efforts will be made to align with major global initiatives and infrastructures addressing data interoperability (such as EOSC, ARDC, UNECE Modern Statistics).

The first part of the workshop will focus on the functional drivers and requirements for defining a set of activities to support the FAIR principles, and to show the organisational and system dynamics which make CDIF necessary. The development process and questions around the organisation of the work will also be described. The draft of CDIF to be presented identifies activities and information implicit in adherence to and support for the FAIR principles. CDIF is built on top of the generic foundation provided by the FAIR Digital Object Framework, to address interoperability at the level of applications rather than exchange protocols. CDIF reflects the granular needs for domain metadata being expressed in broadly understood terms where possible, supplemented by domain-specific semantics where absolutely required.

The second part of the workshop will show how these research and data requirements can be translated into system functions and services, and how these can be supported through the use of existing standards and specifications for the needed information. These will include specifications such as DCAT, Schema.org, DDI-CDI, SKOS/XKOS, SSSOM, OGC Observations & Measurements/I-PROV, etc. Specific features of the standards and how they can be used in combination will be addressed, although not at a technical level. Feedback from participants will be elicited, and their input collected to help us inform the ongoing development work.

The workshop will be interactive and built around structured discussion of the draft CDIF.

Who is the event for?

Implementers and practitioners at all levels who are concerned with FAIR, especially in cross-domain or cross-infrastructure scenarios. The workshop is intended for those who wish a more detailed understanding of CDIF, and who may wish to implement or even become involved in its development in future.

Part One: FAIR Functional Drivers and Requirements

13:00-13:30 UTC: Presentation of FAIR Activities and Information Objects

13:30-14:30 UTC: Structured review of the relevant sections of the CDIF Draft

14:30-15:00 UTC: Break

Part Two: System Functions and Supporting Standards

15:00-15:30 UTC: Presentation of functional areas and candidate standards

15:30-16:30 UTC: Structured review of the relevant sections of the CDIF Draft

Organisational Note:

The workshop will be recorded and the recordings will be made available via CODATA Vimeo. If you plan to attend the event virtually, kindly note the Data Statement for CODATA Zoom at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QdZMRNs9h3Md4ArIiJepR15f3MLOYros/view?usp=sharing

All attendees, onsite and online are expected to comply with the CODATA Code of Conduct: https://codata.org/about-codata/codata-policies-and-guidelines/code-of-conduct/

Find out more about RDA Plenary 20 (please note registration is separate) and co-located events.

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WorldFAIR: Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice – workshops introduce wide range of research domains to FAIR Implementation Profiles

The WorldFAIR project held a series of successful workshops between July and October 2022 to introduce and complete FAIR Implementation Profiles (FIPs) with eleven case study work packages.  This process culminated in a plenary meeting of the WorldFAIR case studies, “FIPs in WorldFAIR: What have we learnt?” which took place as part of the FAIR Convergence Symposium in Leiden on 25 October 2022.
The WorldFAIR project is a major global collaboration between partners from thirteen countries across Africa, Australasia, Europe, and North and South America.  WorldFAIR advances implementation of the FAIR data principles, in particular those for Interoperability, by developing a cross-domain interoperability framework and recommendations for FAIR assessment in a set of eleven disciplines or cross-disciplinary research areas.
The WorldFAIR case studies have been carefully chosen to provide maximum impact. The objective of each case study is to develop an interoperability framework for their discipline or interdisciplinary research area. They are clustered in connected groups in order to maximise scope while retaining a critical mass of activity and allowing learning and cross-fertilisation of ideas. Collected from CODATA and RDA activities and partnerships, the case studies include leading organisations in a range of research areas, supporting the creation of outputs with global impact.
The FIPs approach consists of a set of questions about practice in relation to each of the FAIR principles.  It is supported by an online tool, the FIPs Wizard. One of the potential benefits of this approach is the creation, as ‘nanopublications’ of a set of FIPs and FAIR Enabling Resources, coded in RDF, which can be read by machines, visualised, and analysed. With use, the creation of more FIPs and FERs will furnish a resource which can potentially give great insights into FAIR practices.
At our plenary workshop during the FAIR Convergence Symposium, six of the case studies presented and reflected on the process of constructing their FIP, specifically what they learned from the process; whether using FIPs helped describe practices around FAIR; whether the FIP helped identify any gaps or areas which would benefit from further attention; ways in which the FIPs methodology and the tools around it can be improved; and the identification of next steps.  Arofan Gregory (CODATA) then reflected on the implications of these observations for our work on the Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework, a major output of WorldFAIR.

We are grateful to Leah McEwan, Ian Bruno and Stuart Chalk (Chemistry); Iseult Lynch and Thomas Exner (Nanomaterials); Steve McEachern and Hilde Orten (Social Surveys); Maarten Trekels and Debora Drucker (Agricultural Biodiversity); Bapon Fakhruddin and Jill Bolland (Disaster Risk Reduction) and Beth Knazook (Cultural Heritage) for their insights.
WorldFAIR forms the core of CODATA’s contribution to the International Science Council (ISC) Action Plan Project 2.1, Making Data Work For Cross-Domain Grand Challenges.  WorldFAIR runs for 24 months from 1 June 2022 and is funded by the European Commission through its Horizon Europe Framework Programme, project call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-01, grant agreement 101058393. Project website: https://worldfair-project.eu.  

‘Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice’ (WorldFAIR) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe project call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-01, grant agreement 101058393. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. 
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The IUPAC WorldFAIR Chemistry project is delighted to present the second webinar in our series, titled “ What is a Chemical? Applying Chemical Data to Industrial Challenges

This webinar series aims to highlight the status of working with descriptions of chemical substances, databases, and ways to implement FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles across the chemical enterprise. In this session, we will focus on how chemical data is handled in various applied fields such as drug discovery, dyes, agrichem, and broader Al/ML contexts. Invited speakers will present their flash talks, followed by a panel discussion.

Join us in this collaborative conversation to advance chemical data management in the digital world.


October 13, 2022

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (EDT)

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (CEST)


Virtually via zoom. For registration, please click below


*IUPAC is the world authority on chemical nomenclature, terminology, and standardized methods of measurement, and is engaging in a concerted effort through collaboration with the broader chemistry and data science communities to translate a range of assets and activities into the digital domain.

**WorldFAIR Chemistry is one of several case studies in the global * WorldFAIR Initiative directed by CODATA and the Research Data Alliance to connect diverse activities across disciplines and geographies. WorldFAIR “Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice” is funded by the EC HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-41 Coordination and Support Action under Grant Agreement No. 101058393.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.


  • Dr. Fatima Mustafa, WorldFAIR Chemistry Project Coordinator
  • Leah McEwen, WorldFAIR Chemistry Project Lead
  • Chair, IUPAC Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards

“What is a chemical?” IUPAC-Worldfair webinar

Webinar “What is a Chemical? Handling Chemical Data Across Disciplines” on 2022-09-22 tackled key issues of research data interoperability in global interdisciplinary context. This webinar was organised jointly by the IUPAC and the WorldFAIR project.

“What is a chemical” might sound trivial, but making data of chemicals interoperable and understandable in all fields of science where they are relevant is far from it. The webinar included presentations of experts from different sciences, presenting their own understanding on chemicals and their presentation in research data.

The recording of the webinar is available in the IUPAC Youtube channel:

This twitter thread posits some of the key findings and observations in the webinar:

‘Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice’ (WorldFAIR) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe project call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-01, grant agreement 101058393. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union. 
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