who we are

Erik Schultes is the scientific director at partners in FAIR, as well as the FAIR implementation lead at the GO FAIR Foundation. Before this, Erik was international science coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office. Erik is co-author on the original publication of the FAIR Guiding Principles and has, since 2016, been working with a diverse, international community of stakeholders to develop FAIR data and services. This work included the development of the first accredited training programs for executives as well as the FAIR Capacity Building Programme with practical introductions to FAIR data stewardship for front-line data producers. Erik is also co-developer of numerous FAIR maturity evaluation services and is the architect of the now widely adopted Three-Point FAIRification Framework (Metadata for Machines, FAIR Implementation Profiles, and FAIR Orchestration) that is systematically deployed by the GO FAIR Foundation as well as by partners in FAIR. Erik is an evolutionary biologist with a data-intensive research focus and has held previous academic appointments at the University of California Los Angeles, The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Santa Fe Institute. He currently holds an appointment at the Leiden Academic Center for Drug Research at Leiden University.

erik [at] partnersinfair com orcid linkedin


Barbara Magagna is a landscape ecologist and knowledge engineer. Since 2007 she has been working for the Environment Agency Austria as a semantic analyst and database designer. She has been leading the development process of ontologies and vocabularies for the eLTER Research Infrastructure (ecosystem domain). As a co-chair of the RDA WG I-ADOPT she has co-developed an interoperability framework for the semantic representation of observable properties. Within ENVRI-FAIR she leads the FAIR assessment of data and services provided by Environmental Research Infrastructures. Barbara has worked for years as a university lecturer for GIS techniques and landscape planning at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. Together with Erik Schultes, working both for partners in FAIR and the GO FAIR Foundation, she has developed the FAIR Implementation Profile approach and the concept for M4M workshops and has co-lead many of the FIP workshops for different scientific communities as well as M4M workshops for the Dutch Health Research Infrastructure.

barbara [at] partnersinfair com orcid linkedin


Jacintha Schultes, managing director of partners in FAIR, has over 20 years experience managing data intensive initiatives within academic and commercial organizations, many of which were progenitors of FAIR. From tech startups, to funding organizations and most recently, GO FAIR Foundation, Jacintha has offered professional support and operational solutions for a range of stakeholders engaged in data innovation.

jacintha [at] partnersinfair com