status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Michelle Barker, Paula Andrea Martinez, Leyla Garcia, Daniel S. Katz, Neil Chue Hong

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


One of the major challenges of data-driven research is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of data and their associated research objects, e.g., algorithms, software, and workflows. To address this, an initial effort to define a "DATA FAIRPORT" [1] began in 2014 at the Lorentz workshop and transitioned into developing a set of FAIR data Guiding Principles in 2016. The details of the FAIR data principles [2] strongly contribute to addressing this challenge with regard to research data, and the principles, at a high level, are intended to apply to all research objects; both those used in research and that form the outputs of research. Here we focus on the adaptation and adoption of the FAIR principles for the case of research software.

 

Software has become essential for research. To improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of research software [3] , it is desirable to develop and apply a set of  FAIR Guiding Principles for software. Many of the high-level FAIR data principles can be directly applied to research software by treating software and data as similar digital research objects. However, specific characteristics of software — such as its executability, composite nature, and continuous evolution and versioning — make it necessary to revise and extend the original data principles.

 

Application of the FAIR principles to software will continue to advance the aims of the open science movement. The FAIR For Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) will be jointly convened as an RDA Working Group, FORCE11 Working Group, and Research Software Alliance (ReSA) Taskforce, in recognition of the importance of this work for the advancement of the research sector. FAIR4RS WG will enable coordination of a range of existing community-led discussions on how to define and effectively apply FAIR principles to research software, to achieve adoption of these principles.

 

The working group will deliver:

  • A document developed with community support defining FAIR principles for research software
  • A document providing guidelines on how to apply the FAIR principles for research software (based on existing frameworks)
  • A document summarising the definition of the FAIR principles for research software, implementation guidelines and adoption examples.

To start the group's activities, there are four subgroups working on:


1 See also DTL, 2014; and Kok, 2014.

2 See also Wilkinson et al., 2016.

3 For further information refer to Clément-Fontaine et al., 2019.

 

 

Posts

14
October
2020

FAIR4RS WG updates

by Paula Andrea Martinez

Dear all,  We hope you've had a good time during the last few months, on vacation and/or working intensely on projects.  We also would like to welcome all the new members since our last update, and provide avenues for new engagement.  Our group members have been very active and we would like you to become aware of our recent activities.  
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27
August
2020

[Extend community review] SCID WG's output: use cases and identifiers schemes for persistent software source code identification

by Morane Gruenpeter

The joint RDA and FORCE11 Software Source Code Identification WG has produced the conclusive output: use cases and identifiers schemes for persistent software source code identification.
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07
August
2020

Session Proposal Submission

by Jamie Lupo-Petta

  Dear FAIR 4 Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG members, thank you for your session proposal for Virtual Plenary 16 titled “Progress on FAIR 4 Research Software WG”.      
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02
July
2020

FAIR4RS WG webinar recordings and links

by Michelle Barker

The following materials are now available from the FAIR4RS WG webinars on 29/30 June:
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18
June
2020

FAIR 4 RS webinars - 29/30 June

by Michelle Barker

The FAIR 4 Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) is conducting two webinars to update members on how you can engage with the WG on our aims
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18
May
2020

Invitation to review Case Statement

by Paula Andrea Martinez

Dear all, The newly formed working group FAIR for research Software (FAIR4RS) WG and its steering committee invites you to review and provide feedback on our submitted Case Statement before June 11, 2020. We intend to make all the documentation public, and continue to seek feedback at various points during the life of the working group.
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