The FAIRplus squad teams drive the development of the FAIRification processes, working in an iterative manner. The teams meet face-to-face once every three months to review the outputs from the current release cycle and plan the subsequent one. The fourth such meeting took place in January 2020 in Hinxton, UK.
During this meeting the Squads looked back at the past year to refine their processes through retrospective analysis, and identified possible threats to the project. One significant outcome was to reorganize squads to embed EFPIA partners more closely with academic partners. The teams also identified upcoming challenges in scaling up the FAIRification process in meeting the FAIRplus goal to FAIRify datasets from 20 IMI projects.
In 2020 the Squad teams will shift their approach from a dataset-driven to a more process-centric one, focusing on building reusable components through which they can run multiple datasets. Three use cases have been prioritised as targets for the next sprint, all centred on ontological information capture and maintenance. Initial processes to address these news use cases will be reviewed during the next F2F meeting in April 2020 in Barcelona.