FAIRsFAIR documents for community review

The following deliverables are now open for comments by the community.
Provide your feedback by Feb. 7, 2022.

Draft FAIR Data Policy Checklist

FAIRsFAIR’s landscape assessment found that data policies that are clear and easy to understand can positively influence researchers in making their data FAIR. Based on the instruments used during our policy support programme, we have developed an easy to use FAIR data policy checklist to support policy-makers at all levels in ensuring their policies align with the FAIR Principles and provide clarity on exactly what is expected of researchers. The checklist is based on FAIRsFAIR policy enhancement recommendations and will help users assess whether specific elements of their data policies are FAIR-enabling. The checklist provides practical recommendations on what policy elements should be addressed in data policies to progress alignment with FAIR Principles.

We’d be very grateful for feedback on the draft FAIR Data Policy Checklist. We are particularly keen to your views on whether the assessment statements are appropriate and if you feel there are policy elements that are missing. Comments can be added directly to the google doc or sent to joy.davidson@glasgow.ac.uk. The draft will be open for consultation until February 14, 2022.

ACME-FAIR 7-part guide for Research Performing Organisations (RPO)

ACME-FAIR is a 7-part guide that FAIRsFAIR is releasing for consultation in a dedicated Zenodo community. Each part deals with one of the key issues that Research Performing Organisations (RPO) face in establishing the capabilities to put the FAIR principles into practice, and is informed by the projects engagement with community initiatives to ‘turn FAIR into Reality’, and by the report of the same name. We recommend that universities, institutes and other RPO consider providing these capabilities as vital steps towards ‘FAIR-enabling practice’. The overall purpose of ACME-FAIR is to help those managing and delivering relevant professional services to self-assess how they are enabling researchers and their colleagues to do just that.

The 7 guides are being released as self-standing documents, each with a thematic introduction, an overview of the relevant capabilities, and a rubric for assessing the levels of maturity and community engagement for each capability.

We warmly invite feedback on the draft guides. There are several ways you can do this. One is by commenting directly on the relevant google doc versions (on p. 5 of each guide). If you would prefer not to be identified, or would like to use a few rating scales to give us your feedback, we have also provided this form. It asks how far you agree with 4 simple statements, and invites you to add any comments you wish. Alternatively, if you prefer to let us know your thoughts by email, the FAIRsFAIR task lead Dr Angus Whyte can be contacted at a.whyte@ed.ac.uk.