FAIR Island: Networked, Machine-Actionable DMPs for Open Science

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26 Aug 2021 UTC

FAIR Island: Networked, Machine-Actionable DMPs for Open Science

26 Aug 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00 UTC

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Imagine a dream scenario for Open Data advocates: A working field station that supports scientists with research data management practices that allow for their data to be used beyond the initial purpose of the project! Tetiaroa is such a place and the FAIR Island Project supports researchers as we translate the broader FAIR principles into optimal data policies and technical infrastructure by leveraging RDA outputs including standards that support networked, machine-actionable Data Management Plans (DMPs), and Persistent Identifiers (PIDs). Leveraging the global research data management community’s work, FAIR Island provides a real-world example where data and knowledge collected on Tetiaroa will be curated and made openly available as quickly as possible.



The FAIR Island project examines the impact of implementing optimal research data management policies and requirements, affording us the unique opportunity to look at the outcomes of strong data policies at a working field station. Building on the Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars (IDEA) Consortium (see Davies et al. 2016), the FAIR Island Project leverages collaboration between the University of California Gump Station, located on Moorea in French Polynesia, and Tetiaroa Society, which operates a newly established field station located on the atoll of Tetiaroa.


Tetiaroa is in a unique position to demonstrate how we can advance open science by creating optimal FAIR data policies governing all research conducted at the field station. The intent of FAIR practices is to make reuse of data and collaboration of data more efficient. By implementing mandatory registration requirements including extensive use of controlled vocabularies, personal identifiers (PIDs), and other identifiers, DMPs in this "FAIR data utopia" will be utilized as key documents for tracking provenance, attribution, compliance, deposit, and publication of all research data collected on the island.


A real-world example of DMPs: The DMPTool from the California Digital Library has many new features to help researchers create machine-actionable DMPs for most federal funders. ​​Over the past several years, the California Digital Library has been working (in collaboration with many international partners) to transform DMPs into a machine-actionable hub of information about a research project that can be updated and queried by various stakeholders over the lifetime of the research project.


Who should attend

This webinar will showcase initial experiments and expected benefits of machine-actionable DMPs for primary stakeholders in the data management ecosystem include enabling:

  1. Researchers to manage, share, and discover data more efficiently.
  2. Infrastructure providers (e.g., data repositories) to plan their resources.
  3. Institutions (e.g., academic libraries and their parent research universities) to provide practical, evidence-based data services.
  4. Funders (e.g., NSF) to monitor the data-related activities associated with individual grants.

All of these stakeholders should consider attending and will find this work compelling.




Erin Robinson, Co-Founder & CEO, Metadata Game Changers LLC



Erin’s research interest centers around understanding information infrastructure. She is the Research Data Management Advisor for FAIR Island and the co-founder and CEO of Metadata Game Changers LLC. 


Maria Praetzellis, Product Manager, DMPTool, University of California Curation Center (UC3), California Digital Library 



Maria Praetzellis is Product Manager for the California Digital Library’s research data management initiatives, including DMPTool, the FAIR Island Project, and the NSF-funded machine-actionable DMP grant project. 


Neil Davies, Executive Director, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, Senior Fellow, Berkeley Institute for Data Science, VP & Science Director, Tetiaroa Society

French Polynesia


Based in French Polynesia since 2000, I am Director of the UC Gump South Pacific Research Station and a Research Affiliate at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science. I am a founding director of the Tetiaroa Society and the Blue Climate Initiative.


Kristian Garza, Product Designer, DataCite



Kristian is responsible for determining the information architecture, user research, and design to support an intuitive user journey for all DataCite services and products.


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