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Repository Features to Help Researchers: An invitation to a dialogue

Cannon, Matthew; Graf, Chris; McNeice, Kiera; Chan, Wei Mun; Callaghan, Sarah; Carnevale, Ilaria; Cranston, Imogen; Edmunds, Scott C.; Everitt, Nicholas; Ganley, Emma; Hrynaszkiewicz, Iain; Khodiyar, Varsha K.; Leary, Adam; Lemberger, Thomas; MacCallum, Catriona J.; Murray, Hollydawn; Sharples, Kathryn; Soares E Silva, Marina; Wright, Guillaume; (Moderator) McQuilton, Peter; (Moderator) Sansone, Susanna-Assunta

A group of publishers came together to discuss how we could reduce the complexity and inconsistency provided in publisher's advice to researchers when selecting an appropriate data repository. It is a shared goal among publishers and other stakeholders to increase repository use – which remains far from optimal – and we assume that helping researchers find a suitable repository more easily will help achieve this.
To address this a list of features has been created and it is intended only as a framework within which publishers can make recommendations to researchers, not as a way to restrict which repositories researchers may choose for their data. Our intention is that the features we highlight will act to initiate engagement and collaboration among publishers, repositories and the RPOs, government and funders that ultimately make the policies around Open Research. As we start this conversation, it is important that we act together with other stakeholders to raise awareness of the challenges involved around FAIR data and to prevent any perverse consequences.

From the RDA FAIRsharing WG point of view, the ultimate objective is to map repository features across all existing initiatives, and to identify a common core set of metadata fields that all stakeholders want to see in registry of repositories. The FAIRsharing registry in particular is agnostic as to the selection process of standards, repositories and policies, as part of its commitment to working with and for all stakeholder groups.

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