CHORUS FORUM: Making FAIR’s Interoperability and Reusability Data Goals Possible

17 June 2022 – Free online meeting
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT

Since their publication in 2016, the FAIR Data Guiding Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) have become clear and enabling goals to work towards in any work or policies around data.  As metrics have been developed around them, FAIR has become a set of tangible targets for funders, publishers, institutions and researchers to aim at and to be measured against.  Unsurprisingly, considerable work has gone into practically enabling all to achieve these.  For many (not all) it has become reasonable to expect data to be published in a manner that results in it being both Findable and Accessible. 

However, making these data furthermore Interoperable and Reusable remains a significant challenge.  This AGU / CHORUS Forum will have government, funder, academic institution, and scientific society stakeholders outline why I & R are proving so challenging, and will showcase some of the partial solutions being put into practice.  Finally, the audience will be invited to comment on at least one new promising solution. 

Presentations and video available below.


Presented by




Shelley Stall, Vice President, Data Leadership, AGU

Bio | Video: 00:03:04

Session 1. The problem of actually doing Interoperability and Reusability and why it’s important

An overview of the problem of actually making data interoperable and reusable from the perspective of government officials, funders, scientific societies and academic institutions.


  • Chris Marcum, Assistant Director for Open Science and Data Policy, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy

    Bio | Presentation | Video: 00:05:41

  • Ingrid Dillo, Deputy Director, DANS: Dutch National Centre of Expertise and Repository for Research Data; Co-chair of Council Research Data Alliance 

    Bio | Presentation | Video: 00:15:37

Q&A | Video: 00:28:56

Break & Interactive poll | Video: 00:55:21 

Session 2. Existing partial solutions

A showcase of some partial solutions already being put into practice to make data interoperable and reusable. This session will feature an invitation for the audience to comment on at least one new promising solution. 


  • Corinna Gries, Principal Investigator, Environmental Data Initiative

    Bio | Presentation | Video: 01:03:17

  • Jens Klump, Group Leader Exploration Through Cover, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

    Bio | Presentation | Video: 01:19:36

  • Jane Wyngaard, Lecturer, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Cape Town

    Bio | Presentation | Video: 01:28:40














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