status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Limor Peer, Florio Arguillas, Thu-Mai Christian, Tom Honeyman

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


Curating for FAIR and Reproducible Research

 

The goal of the working group is to establish standards-based guidelines for curating for reproducible and FAIR data and code (Wilkinson et al., 2016). Informed by an examination of current curation practices and their alignment with FAIR principles, these guidelines will offer a framework for implementing effective curation workflows for publishing FAIR data and code that support scientific reproducibility. The ultimate objective is to improve FAIR-ness and long-term usability of “reproducible file bundles” across domains.

 

When we think of specific research outputs, we might think of data, software, codebooks, etc. These individual outputs may have inherent value. For example, a set of observations that is very costly to produce, or that cannot be repeated, or a script that can be used by others for computation. Traditional curation has considered these outputs as its core objects. But in the context of empirical research, these outputs interact with each other, often to produce specific findings or results. Nowadays, the process by which results are generated is captured in computation. Our approach to curation takes into account this process and focuses on computational reproducibility.

 

Computational reproducibility is the ability to repeat the analysis and arrive at the same results (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019; Stodden, 2015). It requires using the data and code used in the original analysis, and additional information about study methods and computational environment. The reason to pursue computational reproducibility is to preserve a complete scientific record, to verify scientific claims, to do science and build upon the findings, and to teach (Elman, Kapieszewski, & Lupia, 2018; Resnik & Shamoo, 2017; Stodden, Bailey, & Borwein, 2013).

 

In this framework, the object of the curation is a “reproducible file bundle” and its component parts, including the files and their elements (e.g., variables), with the goal of enabling continued access and independent reuse of the bundle for the long term.The CURE-FAIR WG is focused on the curation practices that support computational reproducibility and FAIR principles.

 

By curation we refer to the activities designed for “maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle” (Digital Curation Center, n.d.).

 

The WG will deliver,

  1. A snapshot of the current state of CURE-FAIR practices drawing upon community surveys and reviews of practice;
  2. A synthesis of practices relating to curating for computational reproducibility and FAIR principles;
  3. A final document outlining standards-based guidelines for CURE-FAIR best practices in publishing and archiving computationally reproducible studies, including the associated computational methods and materials (target date: January 2022).

 

See more in our case statement.

 

We welcome new members! We're actively working in subgroups, please take a look and join a subgroup if you have a particular interest. Or become a member of the CURE-FAIR WG to get updates!

Posts

30
November
2021

[software-source-code-ig][scid][cure-fair][fair4rs] Software Heritage 5th anniversary today

by Morane Gruenpeter

Dear RDA & FORCE11 community, Apologies for cross-posting. We are celebrating Software Heritage's fifth anniversary and the good news is that you can follow the event online today (30/11). The event will be recorded. Public event (morning of 30/11) The first part of the day (starting at 9.30 CET) is a formal plenary at the UNESCO headquarters. You will be able to follow the event online, by registering on the UNESCO website on this specific page
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29
October
2021

RDA CURE-FAIR WG: Invitation to attend our session at the RDA Plenary 18

by Limor Peer

We encourage the RDA community to join our session, “Connecting the Dots on Curating for FAIR and Reproducible Research,” at the RDA VP18 Plenary (Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 22:30-00:00 UTC, Breakout 3).   Meeting agenda:
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14
October
2021

Webinar designed for RDA Group participants

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello - My apologies for cross-posting. We wanted to be sure RDA group Chairs and group members received this information about an upcoming webinar specifically designed to provide tips and strategies for promoting project outputs. This webinar is designed for RDA Working and Interest Group Members, but anyone interested in this topic is also invited and welcome to attend. Please register and attend "How To Get Attention for Research Project Outputs " webinar on 21 Oct 2021 - 15:00 UTC presented by Jennifer Gibson. Register here.
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07
October
2021

10-day sprint Oct 7-19, 2021: Draft for “10 Curation for Reproducible and FAIR Things"

by Limor Peer

Dear CURE-FAIR WG members, CURE-FAIR WG members are invited to review and contribute to the *first draft* of the “10 Curation for Reproducible and FAIR Things.” The google doc will remain open for community comment from October 7-19, 2021. This is a 10-day sprint to contribute to the CURE-FAIR working group output. How to participate:
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24
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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09
September
2021

Sept 23 webinar FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS WG)

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We are pleased to announce the FAIR4RS Working Group will be presenting a webinar titled: FAIR Principles For Research Software on 23 Sep 2021 - 17:00 to 18:00 UTC, hosted by the RDA-US. We hope you will attend. This webinar will present the history of how the Working Group evolved, an overview of the recently published group output FAIR principles for Research Software, and the challenges and limitations identified when creating the principles for FAIR Research Software.
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09
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the CURE-FAIR WG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled Connecting the Dots on Curating for FAIR and Reproducible Research. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations! TAB has asked the Secretariat to communicate some suggestions to you for improving your session: They would like you to provide more detail in the agenda on what the case studies are and how they will be used in the session.
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12
August
2021

RDA VP18 Session Proposal Submission

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear CURE-FAIR WG members, Thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 18 titled “Connecting the Dots on Curating for FAIR and Reproducible Research”. A review of all submitted proposals is now underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board, with notifications of acceptance planned to be sent by 10 September. Please feel free to contact the RDA Secretariat at ***@***.***-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you have regarding your submission. Thank you. Regards, RDA Secretariat
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