Published October 7, 2022 | Version 1.1
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The FAIR Cookbook - the essential resource for and by FAIR doers

  • 1. Oxford e-Research Centre, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, 7 Keble Road, OX13QG, Oxford, UK; AstraZeneca, Data Office, Data Science & AI unit R&D, 136 Hills Rd, Cambridge, UK.
  • 2. Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, ELIXIR Luxembourg, University of Luxembourg, L-4367 Belval, Luxembourg.
  • 3. Vital-IT Group, SIB Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.
  • 4. Department of Bioinformatics (BiGCaT), NUTRIM, FHML, Maastricht University, Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • 5. Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Plaça Eusebi Güell, 1-3, 08034-Barcelona, Spain.
  • 6. Office of Data Science Strategy, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. USA.
  • 7. IQVIA, Kirchgartenstrasse 14, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 8. European Molecular Biology Laboratory, European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Hinxton, CB10 1SD, UK.
  • 9. Bayer AG, Business Development & Licensing & OI, Pharmaceuticals, 13342 Berlin, Germany; Institute for Globally Distributed Open Research and Education (IGDORE), Berlin, Germany.
  • 10. Bayer AG, Business Development & Licensing & OI, Pharmaceuticals, 13342 Berlin, Germany.
  • 11. Oxford e-Research Centre, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, 7 Keble Road, OX13QG, Oxford, UK.
  • 12. Data Science Institute, Imperial College London, William Penney Laboratory, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ, UK
  • 13. Fraunhofer Institute for Translational Medicine and Pharmacology and Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence for Immune Mediated Diseases, Schnackenburgallee 114, 22525 Hamburg, and Theodor Stern Kai 7, 60590 Frankfurt, Germany.
  • 14. Department of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, Scotland, UK.
  • 15. The University of Manchester, Department of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK.
  • 16. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG, Birkendorfer Straße 65, 88397 Biberach an der Riss, Germany.
  • 17. Janssen, Turnhoutseweg 30, B-2340-Beerse, Belgium.
  • 18. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, 36 Gatehouse Drive, Waltham, MA 02451, USA.
  • 19. Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland.
  • 20. The Hyve BV, Arthur van Schendelstraat 650, 3511 MJ Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • 21. AstraZeneca, da Vinci Building, Melbourn Science Park, Cambridge Road, SG8 6HM, UK
  • 22. ELIXIR Hub, Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1SD, UK.


Nowadays, the FAIR Principles guide data policy actions and professional practices in the public and private sectors. However, despite such global endorsements, the FAIR Principles are aspirational, remaining elusive at best, and intimidating at worst. To address the lack of practical guidance, and help with capability gaps, we developed the FAIR Cookbook, an online resource of hands-on recipes for “FAIR doers” in the Life Sciences.

Launched in 2020, and created by researchers and data managers professionals in academia, pharmas and information service industries, the FAIR Cookbook covers the key steps in a FAIRification journey, the levels and indicators of FAIRness, the maturity model, the technologies, the tools and the standards available, as well as the skills required, and the challenges to achieve and improve data FAIRness.

In this pre-print, we present the FAIR Cookbook, its creation and content, its value, use and adoptions, as well as the participatory process, collaborative plans for sustainability, and its adoption. The full list of FAIR Cookbook Recipes’ Authors is here. 

At European Commission (EC) level, the FAIR Cookbook is recommended by the IMI/IHI Project Guidelines for “Open Access to Publication and  Research Data, and the Horizon Europe Work Programme for Health; and it is among the ELIXIR flagship resources, and it is embedded in the ELIXIR Scientific Programme.

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