Defining FAIR for Machine Learning (ML)

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25 Jan 2021

Defining FAIR for Machine Learning (ML)

Submitted by Daniel S. Katz

Meeting objectives: 


  • Current projects (both research and infrastructure) in machine learning (ML) that are considering FAIR,
  • If there's value in and a need for defining FAIR for ML, and if so,
  • How to move forward to do so, ideally under the RDA umbrella based on the current role of RDA in FAIR activities

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Meeting agenda: 

Introduction(s) (10 min): 

  • What is FAIR? - Fotis E. Psomopoulos, CERTH
  • Quick update on FAIR for Research Software - Fotis E. Psomopoulos, CERTH
  • Intro to FAIR 4 ML - Daniel S. Katz, University of Illinois
    (slides for the three introduction talks)

Talks (5 + 2 min each):

  • DLHub - Aristana Scourtas, University of Chicago (slides, video)
  • OpenML - Bernd Bischl and Joaquin Vanschoren
  • Pistoia Alliance - Vladimir Makarov, Pistoia Alliance (slides)
  • ELIXIR - Jennifer Harrow, ELIXIR-Europe (slides)
  • FAIR4HEP - Eliu Huerta, University of Illinois (slides, video)
  • CLAIRE - Tom Lenaerts, Université Libre de Bruxelles & Vrije Universiteit Brussel (slidesvideo)
  • kipoi - Julien Gagneur, Technische Universität München (video)

Discussion & next steps (30 min)

  • Does continued discussion make sense?
  • Should we propose an RDA IG or WG?
  • Who else should be involved (projects & people)
  • Who wants to co-lead such a proposal?
Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
Short introduction describing any previous activities: 

There is a large amount of FAIR work, both in RDA and elsewhere, initially focused on data and now software and other products but generally not ML models. Some of the speakers in this session are involved in projects where FAIR for ML models is a topic of discussion. Additionally, we presented poster 31b (FAIR principles for ML models - at RDA VP16 to start discussion on this at RDA, and this BoF is the next step.

BoF chair serving as contact person: 
Are you willing to host a live second session to accommodate a different time zone? : 
Meeting presenters: 
see agenda
How do you prefer to hold the virtual component of your session?: 
A mix of live talks and recorded talks (depending on breakout slot), followed by live discussion in both slots. We would like one of the following breakouts (in order of preference, 5, 4, 2, 8) for 1st session & breakout 9 for 2nd session, if possible.
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Do any of the session speakers plan to present from the venue?: 
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