Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences

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21 May 2020 2852 reads

The RDA adoption story of the American Geophysical Union

Building on the earlier development of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles for scientific data management and stewardship, AGU spear-headed The Enabling FAIR data project, aiming to make data FAIR across the Earth and space science community. This effort built on the work of The Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS.org), Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Research Data Alliance (RDA), the scientific journals, and domain repositories to ensure that well documented data, preserved in a repository with community agreed-upon metadata, and supporting persistent identifiers becomes part of the expected research products submitted in support of each publication. The project collaborated closely with the Data policy standardisation and implementation IG and adopted An open, universal literature-data cross-linking service - RDA/WDS Publishing Data Services WG Recommendations and Repository Audit and Certification DSA–WDS Partnership WG Recommendations.


Interview with Shelley Stall from the American Geophysical Union

During the RDA 14th Plenary meeting in Helsinki in October 2019, the RDA interviewed Shelley Stall from the American Geophysical Union(AGU). In the interview Stall told the enabling FAIR Data in the  the Earth, Space, and Environmental Sciences where she explained the adoption processes and the lessons learned. 

It was so important for us to partner with RDA that AGU became an RDA Organsational Assembly Member.  We're investing in RDA continued products coming out. We did not solve all the problems, we still need products to come and be adopted to make this easier for everyone. Tools for reserachers would be really helpful, in making sure metadata to be more robust.  RDA is the place to do that along with the domain specific groups such as the Earth Science Information Partners  that work closely RDA. 

Shelley Stall - AGU 


Watch the video and discover what the impact of this adoption case is on AGU's work:

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