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My FAIR journey (in 5 min)


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My FAIR journey (in 5 min)

  1. 1. A Journey to FAIRness Susanna-Assunta Sansone, PhD Science and Engineering South, Harnessing FAIR Data, London, 3 September 2018 Slides at: Associate Professor, Associate Director ORCiD: 0000-0001-5306-5690 Twitter: @SusannaASansone Consultant and Honorary Academic Editor
  2. 2. Beyond a nice acronym
  3. 3. A set of principles to enhance the value of all digital resources Developed and endorsed by researchers, service providers, publishers, funding agencies, industry partners; including but not limited to individuals part of: 2014 2016
  4. 4. • Increasing number of discoveries made using other people’s data • We need data that are § Discoverable by humans and machines § Retrievable and structured in standard format(s) § Self-described so that third parties can make sense of it Better data = better science and more efficiently Datasets SOPs Figures, Photos Workflows Slides Codes Tools DatabasesAlgorithmsDocument
  5. 5. Protecting the brand
  6. 6. Assessing FAIRness The Working Group • A proposed core set of 14 semi-quantitative metrics (measurable indicators) for the evaluation of FAIRness • FAIRness is an aspirational target and reflects the extent to which a digital resource addresses the FAIR principles as per the expectations defined by a community
  7. 7. Linking theory to practice Image source: JiSC
  8. 8. FAIR-supporting tools and services being developed in major EU and USA biomedical infrastructure programmes, e.g. €19 million 2015 - 2019 $95.5 million 2017 - 2020 €3.3 billion 2014 - 2020 €20 million 2018 - 2022
  9. 9. Identifiers and metadata: the invisible machinery powering the FAIR principles • Identifiers and metadata to be implemented by technical experts in tools, registries, catalogues, databases, services • Must become almost ‘invisible’ to lay users, who often have little or no familiarity with them
  10. 10. Databases and data repositories Community standards, focusing on metadata and identifier schemas Formats Terminologies Guidelines Mapping the landscape of standards, databases, repositories and data policies Data policies by funders, journals and other organizations Identifiers • Providing functionalities to search, visualize and create custom views • Working to assess the FAIRness of these digital resources
  11. 11. Our 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 • producer satisfaction in terms of resource visibility, reuse, adoption and citation
  12. 12. @FAIRsharing_org
  13. 13. FAIRsharing, a cohesive community approach to the growth in standards, repositories and policies n Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Peter McQuilton, Philippe Rocca-Serra, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Massimiliano Izzo, Allyson L. Lister, Milo Thurston and the FAIRsharing Community: 64 core adopters, advisory board members, and key collaborator, who are stakeholders from academia, industry, funding agencies, standards organizations, infrastructure providers and scholarly publishers accepted by