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FAIR in practice - Jisc report on the Findable Accessible Interoperable and Reuseable Data Principles

Allen, Robert; Hartland, David


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    "description": "<p>This report investigates the meaning and (potential) impact<br>\nof the FAIR data principles in practice. These principles<br>\nwere established by a group of diverse stakeholders<br>\nengaging via a working group in FORCE11. They are<br>\nreferenced in many policy documents and in developments<br>\nof open science, for example, the European Open Science<br>\nCloud.&nbsp;</p>\n\n<p>This report explored FAIR with stakeholders in the<br>\nUK academic research community. Its aims were to<br>\nunderstand how using or being inspired by these principles<br>\nimproves the findability, accessibility, interoperability and<br>\nreuse of research data, including consideration of<br>\ndisciplinary differences.</p>\n\n<p>Jisc established a group of research data experts and Jisc<br>\nstaff who provided expertise and helped to validate<br>\nfindings. Interviews and focus groups were conducted,<br>\nprimarily with researchers, but also involving input from<br>\nresearch support professionals, publishers and funders.</p>\n\n<p><br>\nAn assessment of the use of FAIR principles in institutional<br>\nresearch data management (RDM) guidance was also<br>\ncarried out. Data collected from these activities was<br>\nsynthesised and structured using a PEST framework -<br>\ngrouped into factors relating to Political, Economic, Social<br>\nand Technical aspects.</p>\n\n<p>Explicit use of FAIR was seen to be limited, in many cases,<br>\nto discussion at a fairly conceptual level amongst those<br>\nmost heavily involved in best practice of data management.<br>\nEven where FAIR was fairly well established as a term and<br>\na concept, it tended to largely reflect existing practice.<br>\nArguably this was without significantly influencing many<br>\npractical changes for those at the &ldquo;leading edge&rdquo; of data<br>\nmanagement, although it did provide a new and effective<br>\ncommon way of communicating best practice.</p>\n\n<p>However, in exploring the underlying practices of research,<br>\ndemonstrating findability, accessibility, interoperability<br>\nand reusability, there was considerable evidence that<br>\ngood practice existed in all of these elements. In many<br>\ncases this was both well established (over many years)<br>\nand continually improving.</p>", 
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