status: Completed

Chair (s): Susanna-Assunta Sansone, Peter McQuilton, Simon Hodson, Holly Murray, Graham Smith, Allyson Lister, Rebecca Taylor-Grant

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: [field_secretariat_liaison]



Completed and RDA-endorsed

  1. FAIRsharing registry - A curated, informative and educational registry of interlinked descriptions of (i) standards (to identify, report, and cite data and metadata), (ii) repositories (databases, knowledgebases), and (iii) journal publisher and funder data policies in all disciplines. FAIRsharing guides consumers to discover, select and use these resources with confidence, and producers to make their resources more visible, widely adopoted and cited.
  2. Recommendations - A two pages summary to provide guidance to users and producers of standards and repositories, describing how they can best select and describe these resources, and advice to policy makers on how they can best recommend these resources in their data policies.


To promote further adoption and drive improvement of the adopted FAIRsharing registry, the WG contributes to a number of activities with other RDA groups; these activities reflect the requests and needs of the community, and are open and inclusive for all stakeholders. The WG community network encompasses repositories mantainers and developers, standard-developing organizations, journals and journal publishers, funders, librarians, data stewards, and other scholarly organizations and alliances.

Current ongoing activities are listed below.

  1. Creation of educational material via the FAIRsharing Community Champions Programme
    • This activity is supported by the RDA/EOSC-Future Ambassadorship to Allyson Lister and will drawn upon the collective domain expertise within the RDA to build a network of community curators who will (1) act as advocates to promote the value of standards, databases and policies; (2) create educational material describing these resources and who FAIRsharing registry help; and (3) enrich the content of FAIRsharing, adding and enhancing the description of these resources.
  2. Alignment of data policy from funders and publishers
    • This activity is a collaboration with the RDA Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management and Practices IG, and the Data Policy Standardization and Implementation IG. The objective is to provide recommendation on how to improve this alignment, and to identify a common set of policy metadata features all stakeholders want to see implemented the FAIRsharing registry.
  3. Mapping repositories features across initiatives
    • This activity is a collaboration with the Data Repository Attributes WG, formed, as result of a discussion session the RDA FAIRsharing WG run at Plenary 17, where we brought together a number of stakeholders that have defined features and criteria to certify repositories, guide their selections, and define good practice. This new group will identify a common set of repository metadata features all stakeholders want to see implemented also registries, such as FAIRsharing.


Major organizations

Here a partial list of organisations that have adopted and recommend FAIRsharing. It is pratically impossible to keep a list of all adopters and users as they encompass all stakeholders groups, such as funding agencies, scholarly publishers, standards organizations, librarians, infrastructure programmes, universities and projects, as well as researchers from academia, industry and governmental bodies.

If you want to know more about adopting or collaborating with FAIRsharing, please contact us.


Examples of doption stories


Selection of official reports from funders and other organizations

These reports recommend FAIRsharing for standards, repositories and data policies:


RDA Plenary P20th, 21st-23th Mar 2022

We will present at, and co-organized, several sessions and workshops (pre-post and during the Plenary) where we provide updates on the FAIRsharing WG activities.


RDA Plenary P18th, 3rd-11th Nov 2021, virtual


We have co-organized a session which continues the work on aligning funders and publisher policies, also to improve the way policies are described in FAIRsharing. 


Activities at previous Plenary

RDA Plenary P17th, 20th-23rd April 2021, Edinburgh (virtual)

We have (co)organized one session, listed below, which are intented to help improve the metadata descriptors for repositories and policies in the FAIRsharing registry, through the work of existing initiatives and by listening to the needs of all stakeholders.

RDA Plenary P16th, 9th-12nd November 2020, Costa Rica (virtual)

The FAIRsharing WG will present at the session on Thursday, 12 November (breakout 8) run by the Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices IG

RDA Plenary P14th, 23rd-25th October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

The FAIRsharing WG was involved in and presented at a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions

Pre-RDA FAIRsFAIR meeting


RDA Plenary 12th, 5th-7th November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana

The FAIRsharing WG was involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions.

Monday 5th November

Tuesday 6th November

Wednesday 7th November

Please don't hesitate to contact us on if you would like to arrange to talk to us at the plenary or to invite one of our representatives to your session.

RDA Plenary 11th, 21st-23rd March 2018, Berlin, Germany

FAIRsharing was involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions:

RDA Plenary 10th, 17th-21st September 2017, Montreal, Canada

Sunday 17th September - Monday 18th September

  • Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Plenary meeting - slides available here

Tuesday 19th September

Wednesday 20th September

Thursday 21st September

RDA Plenary 9th, 5-7th April 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th April

Wednesday 5th April

Thursday 6th April

RDA Plenary 8th and IDW, 11-17th September 2016, Denver, USA

We co-organized and presented at the following sessions:

RDA pre-Plenary 8th

  • Pre-defined Recommendations: A core-set of resources (databases and/or standards) that have been selected and recommended by relevant groups or organizations. 
  • Wizard Tool (beta): The wizard guides users step-by-step through the resources captured in FAIRsharing. 
  • FAIRsharing Standards Registry Survey: We have just closed our FAIRsharing Standards Registry survey, where we have assessed your needs for a registry of data/content standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. We have had over 530 responses. We're now analysing the survey and will shortly publicize an executive summary of the results, along with the raw data.

RDA Plenary 7th

Where we presented

Activities pre-plenary 7

To prioritize FAIRsharing registry's content and capabilities, in a way most appropriate to your needs, we have run a 10 questions survey and received 530 replies!

Here you can see a 3 slides update on our progresses to date.

RDA Plenary 6th


Thank-you for your feedback at the 6th Plenary meeting in Paris. It was great to catch up with everyone and to hear about the innovative and challenging work everyone is doing. If you didn’t manage to catch us at the meeting, our slides and our leaflet are available on Slideshare, as follows:

Where we presented

RDA pre-Plenary 6th

Help us prioritize improvements to FAIRsharing's capabilities as a Standards Information Resource, in a way most appropriate to your needs. ​Take a few minutes to answer few questions, please!

RDA Plenary 5th

 RDA Plenary 4th

RDA Plenary 3rd



RDA 'Decade of Data' Webinar THIS WEDNESDAY 1300 UTC: Connecting communities to promote FAIR resources: perspectives from an RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador

by Allyson Lister

Dear all, You are very welcome at the upcoming webinar I'll be giving about community engagement within the research data community from the perspective of my role (over the past 18 months or so) as an RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador. Details as well as registration link below, and see you on Wednesday! All the best, Allyson Lister, RDA FAIRsharing WG, Data Repository Attribute WG, University of Oxford Connecting communities to promote FAIR resources: perspectives from an RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador
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Re-established Reproducibility Interest Group -- endorsed by RDA Council

by Limor Peer

***Apologies for cross-posting*** We are pleased to announce that the Reproducibility Interest Group was endorsed by the RDA Council in July 2023. The Reproducibility IG seeks to advance and enable reproducibility in research based on or producing datasets that require code. This IG follows the broad definition of reproducibility stated by Turing Way in order to provide an inclusive framework for discussions.
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FAIRsharing's upcoming activities at the RDA Plenary (March 20-24)

by Allyson Lister

Dear FAIRsharing WG members, It's about 2 weeks until the 20th RDA Plenary, and FAIRsharing is either co-chairing or presenting at a number of exciting sessions in Sweden. We would like to extend a special invitation to you all to join us there (either in Gothenburg or online)! 1. (Mon 20) Progressing Machine Actionable Data Management Plans in DMPRoadmap: Workshop by DCC, pre-Plenary 2. (Tue 21) Infrastructure supporting the FAIR data principles in life science research practice: Plenary Breakout 2 - with the Life Science Data Infrastructures IG
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Joint Session Accepted: Community Engagement That Works!

by Allyson Lister

Dear all WG and IG members, On behalf of all of the co-chairs, we'd like you to know that the secretariat has accepted the revised submission for our joint session. It will be at 12.30-14 UTC on 22 March. Please note that our session is not explicitly listed yet in the draft programme, as it still has the title of the BoF session that we merged with. At some point, I presume this will get updated.
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RDA 20th Plenary - Notification of Outcome

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG, the Professionalising Data Stewardship IG, the Early Career and Engagement IG and the Engaging Researchers with Data IG, Thank you for your RDA 20th Plenary (P20) session application.
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RDA 20th Plenary - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the Life Science Data Infrastructures IG and the FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG, Your RDA 20th Plenary (P20) session application titled ‘Infrastructure supporting the FAIR data principles in life science research practice’ has been approved. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. * Draft programme to be published on Friday, 16th December 2022 * Any requests for changes must be made by Friday, 13th January 2023
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[RDA FAIRsharing WG] FAIRsharing update

by Allyson Lister

Dear FAIRsharing WG members, We have been really busy over the past year and thought that you might like to hear a summary of our recent work in FAIRsharing. Below are some highlights of the work to date. Highlights: 1. Integrations and Collaborations * As part of the BY-COVID project, an ELIXIR-driven EU EOSC project, we have increased our connectivity with EOSC and the OpenAIRE research graph. Details are in two coordinated blog posts from FAIRsharing (technical) and OpenAIRE (high level). *
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Invitation to participate in 'A Decade of Data: 10 Years of the RDA' events and activities

by Connie Clare

Good day, The RDA Secretariat would like to invite the FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG to participate in ‘A Decade of Data’: Celebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance’. 10 months to celebrate 10 years of the RDA
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RDA CURE-FAIR WG Webinar 22 Sept. 21:00 UTC

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We are writing to invite you to attend and help promote the upcoming CURE-FAIR WG webinar 'Introducing 10 Things for Curating Reproducible and FAIR Research" hosted by the RDA-US on 22 September 2022 at 21:00. This webinar will showcase the guidelines designed for curators and researchers interested in publishing and archiving reproducible research outputs. The webinar will be presented in English with live translation to French and Spanish.
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Fwd: [rda-fairsharing-wg] New FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme: Call for Participants

by Korbinian Bösl

Hei, FAIRsharing is searching for subject area curators beyond Life Sciences. Maybe this is of interest for some of you. Kind regards, Korbinian Bösl -------- Forwarded Message -------- Subject: [rda-fairsharing-wg] New FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme: Call for Participants Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2022 13:40:13 +0000 From: Allyson Lister via FAIRsharing Registry: Connecting data policies, standards and databases RDA WG <***@***.***> Reply-To: ***@***.***
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