Marco Molinaro


IT staff at INAF, interested in data management, curation, standards and interoperability. Involved in the IVOA technical coordination, Member of the EU H2020 project ESCAPE as well as SOLARNET, EPN-2024-RI, NEANIAS and the ERC ECOGAL.




Supporting FAIR principles in the Astrophysics Community - the European experience
Marco Molinaro

FAIR principles have “the intent” to “act as a guideline for those wishing to enhance the reusability of their data holdings” and “put specific emphasis on enhancing the ability of machines to automatically find and use the data, in addition to supporting its reuse by individuals”.
Interoperability, one core of these principles, especially when dealing with automated systems’ ability to interface with each other, requires open standards to avoid restrictions that negatively impact the user's experience.
Open-ness of standards is best supported when the governance itself is open and includes a wide range of community participation.
In this contribution we report our experience with the FAIR principles, interoperable systems and open governance in astrophysics. We report on activities that have matured within the EU H2020 ESCAPE project, CEVO work package, with a focus on interfacing the EOSC architecture and Interoperability Framework and including additional experience from other EU funded projects dealing with data holdings in the general domain of astrophysics (and specifically the Virtual Observatory framework).
We will touch on our understanding of the above concepts related to research results value, metrics and data quality, community and governance, cross-domain interaction and in-domain metadata enrichment towards machine actionability.

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