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FAIRsharing Standards

FAIRsharing: an informative and educational service for standards, databases, repositories and data policies

Authors: members of Team Nitrogen; (Oxford) Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Peter McQuilton, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Massimiliano Izzo, Allyson Lister, Milo Thurston, Dominique Batista, Ramon Granell; (MSSM) Avi Ma’ayan, Daniel Clarke; (Deloitte) Juergen Klenk, (Maastricht) Michel Dumontier; (Miame) Stephan Schürer, Caty Chung

Contacts: Susanna-Assaunta Sansone and

Links: and paper authored by 68 diverse set of stakeholders-representing academia (including Team Phosphorus rep), industry, funding agencies (including NIH), standards organizations (incl NIST), infrastructure providers and scholarly publishers.

Tags: KC1, KC7, FAIR, Metadata, Standards, Databases, Repositories, Policies, FAIR Metrics, FAIR Compliance, Citation, Interoperability, Education

Community-driven standards, such as those for the identification, citation and reporting of data and metadata, underpin reproducible research, aid scholarly publishing, and drive the evolution of scientific practice. When a standard is mature and standard-compliant databases, repositories and knowledge-bases become available they must be channeled to the relevant stakeholder community, who in turn must recommend them to their users (e.g., in data policies from journals, publishers, funders and other organizations) or use them (e.g. to define a data management plan) to facilitate a high-quality research cycle. To foster a culture change into one where the use of standards, databases and repositories for FAIRer data is pervasive, we need to reduce the knowledge gap around these resources, and better promote their existence and value, as well as evaluate and track their level of FAIRness.

FAIRsharing is an informative and educational resource that registers, describes and interlinks community-driven standards, databases, repositories and data policies. Its mission is to increase guidance to consumers of standards, databases, repositories, and data policies; to accelerate the discovery, selection and use of these resources; and to increase resource producer satisfaction in terms of resource visibility, reuse, adoption and citation. FAIRsharing is being connected to FAIRshake for a frictionless FAIR assessment of standards, databases and repositories, and is already embedded in an international ecosystem of FAIR-enabling resources, including the universal FAIRmetrics, ELIXIR, GO-FAIR, RDA, CODATA and Force11.

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