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On 15-16 January 2019, the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office hosted the first annual international meeting of GO FAIR Implementation Networks.

GODAN assisted in drafting the final version of the Food Systems Implementation Network (IN) Manifesto, in partnership with the Institut national de la recherche agronomique (INRA) as part of the meeting. The Food Systems IN will operate as a normal GODAN working group, everyone interested in the implementation of FAIR Data principles in the Food Systems domain is welcome to join. A public Manifesto was published in the wake of the Leiden meeting.

Since the kick-off meeting in January of this year, GO FAIR has seen the emergence of 30+ implementation networks, now in various stages of development. Collectively, the INs span a broad range of disciplines including the sciences and the humanities, academic and commercial objectives, and represent more than 500 international organizations throughout Europe, the UK, the Nordic countries, the United States, Brazil, and China. This meeting served to allow representatives of INs to meet, assess the existing FAIR resources and plan/coordinate FAIR implementation strategies within and between INs.

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