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International FAIR Digital Objects Implementation Summit 2024 in Berlin

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After a successful first international FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) conference in Leiden, the Netherlands, in 2022, the FDO Forum brings the next summit to the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN).

FAIR Digital Objects (FDO) bind all critical information about an entity in one place and create a new kind of actionable, meaningful and technology independent object that pervades every aspect of life today: a technical essence of an "object" in cyberspace.

Together with the Gesellschaft für wissenschaftliche Datenverarbeitung mbH Göttingen (GWDG) and the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), the MfN is organizing the International FAIR Digital Objects Implementation Summit as members of the local organizing committee. The summit will take place from 20 to 21 March 2024 at the MfN and the Leibniz Association's headquarters. The MfN is connected to the topics of the FDO Summit through its active participation in the conception of DiSSCo (Distributed System of Scientific Collections) and as a member of the DiSSCo Technical Board, in which the "Digital Specimen" concept represents the practical implementation of an FDO.

The summit will focus on two major action lines:

  • "FDO implementations and implementation plans" and
  • "Policy aspects of the further FDO Forum work".

It will be preceded by a training day for beginners and advanced users at the DIN facilities and will be held as a hybrid event at the Leibniz Association. The summit aims to bring together experts from all over the world who are planning and developing FDO implementations. These include data scientists and administrators, data curators and developers from the industry, data infrastructure architects as well as political decision-makers. There will be exchange formats to encourage interaction, including young professionals. Presentations and lightning talks as well as panel discussions by data scientists and experts involved in FAIR Digital Objects activities will provide deeper insights into FDO concepts and their implementation.

All training courses, presentations, discussions and lightning talks will be recorded and made available to the public as soon as possible via the conference website.