Stories of practical implementation of the FAIR principles

FAIR-IMPACT identifies practices, policies, tools and technical specifications to guide researchers, repository managers, research performing organisations, policy makers and citizen scientists towards a FAIR data management cycle. The focus is on persistent identifiers (PIDs), metadata, ontologies, metrics, certification and interoperability, starting with real-life use cases on social sciences and humanities, the photon and neutron sciences, life sciences and agri-food and environmental sciences.

Browse below some of the use cases FAIR-IMPACT is supporting

Implementation of EOSC Interoperability Framework at STFC

​​UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT). The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of the constituent research councils of UKRI. It supports research in astronomy, physics and space science, and operates world-class research facilities for the UK. STFC provides access to world-leading, large-scale facilities across a range of physical and life sciences, enabling research, innovation and skills training in these areas. These facilities include the ISIS neutron and muon source. This use case will explore the semantic practices adopted in this institution and the compliance with the EOSC IF recommendations. Furthermore, in the future, it will help us to explore semantic practices in other use cases.

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PIDs for instruments in photon and neutron facilities science. Use case by STFC

The proposal of this use case is to advance the use of PIDs for instruments, such as instruments, devices, softwares and services, in the context of photon and neutron facilities (research infrastructures). This is an area of great interest in the community, for example assisting with assessing the impact of individual instruments. The RDA has a Working Group on Persistent Identification of Instruments that takes a cross-domain approach, but its specific application to PaN has not been fully explored.

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Assessing FAIRness for Earth and Environmental Data. Use case by Dataterra and PANGAEA

In this use case, we intend to discuss potential FAIR metrics for the Earth and Environmental Sciences community (here: solid earth and oceans excluding atmosphere and biosphere) in collaboration with projects such as FAIR-EASE, BlueCloud and ENVRI-FAIR. For this purpose we want to analyze the FAIR habits of this community to find out if there are similarities in the use of e.g. identifiers, standards and vocabularies that justify deriving their own FAIR metrics from the existing FAIRsFAIR metrics. We will investigate existing technical interfaces for metadata exchange and use FAIR implementation profiles of relevant data archives.

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Encouraging and supporting researchers in producing FAIR computational workflows. Use case by University of Manchester

This use case is based around the University of Manchester’s work with Persistent Identifiers in data production workflows via its involvement in the WorkflowHub - a registry of computational FAIR workflows. WorkflowHub is sponsored by the European RI Cluster EOSC-Life, the European Research Infrastructure ELIXIR and multiple EOSC projects (BY-COVID, BioDT and EuroScienceGateway). Its initial users were from within the life sciences working with COVID-19 workflows, but is now used by over 140 research groups and projects across disciplines.

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Providing documentation on harmonised and citable PIDs for subsets of protected data. Use case by EMBL-EBI

European Bioinformatics Institute is Europe’s largest provider of public biomolecular data resources. The institute is co-located with Elixir Hub and partnered up in many relevant EU projects, among others EOSC-Life, FREYA, and BY-COVID. This use case will explore PID practices in relation to complex data citation and sensitive data for the life science domain, and provide documentation on best practices to be adopted across domains. In addition to supporting life sciences, EMBL-EBI is increasingly also collaborating with other domains, e.g. social sciences in the context of Covid-19 research. EMBL-EBI provides consistent access to life science data by leveraging on compact identifiers through the resolution service. This service will be fine-tuned during the course of the project to ensure alignment with community FAIR practices and the broader EOSC context.

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