According to FORCE11 , FAIR data stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Re-usable. It is a concept promoted as a way to facilitate data sharing among scientists. We discuss hereafter the meaning of each aspect and how we suggest to address them.
|including provisions for metadata
|If certain datasets cannot be shared (or need to be shared under restrictions), explain why, clearly separating legal and contractual reasons from voluntary restrictions.
|that in multi-beneficiary projects it is also possible for specific beneficiaries to keep their data closed if relevant provisions are made in the consortium agreement and are in line with the reasons for opting out.
|Preference should be given to certified repositories which support open access where possible.
|If there are restrictions on use, how will access be provided?
3.1. Are the data produced in the project interoperable, that is allowing data exchange and re-use between researchers, institutions, organisations, countries, etc. (i.e. adhering to standards for formats, as much as possible compliant with available (open) software applications, and in particular facilitating re-combinations with different datasets from different origins)?
FORCE11, Guiding Principles for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable Data; Version B1.0. www.force11.org/fairprinciples