RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model: Testing phase – call out for volunteers

11 Dec 2019
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Dear all,
With this message we would like to ask members of the RDA FAIR Data
Maturity Model Working Group and other interested parties to come forward
to participate in the testing of the FAIR DATA Maturity Model in January
Under the aegis of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) [1], a community-driven
initiative with the goal of building the social and technical
infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data, the RDA FAIR Data
Maturity Model Working Group [2] is in the process of developing a common
set of core assessment criteria for FAIRness and a generic and expandable
self-assessment model to evaluate the maturity level of datasets. A draft
set of indicators with priorities [3] is now available, and the group is
now in the process to test the draft indicators with evaluators of FAIRness
in various communities.
As mentioned in the Working Group online meeting on 4 December 2019 [4], we
are starting the testing phase for the indicators that the Working Group
has developed over the last months. In the latest meeting, two
presentations were given by people who already evaluated the indicators and
put forward initial comments and suggestions. After those early tests, we
now want to start a more organised test phase.
As we want to make sure that the indicators are evaluated in a wide range
of environments, we are looking for people who are involved with
initiatives that evaluate FAIRness of data for specific types of data or
for specific communities. The period for testing is January 2020 with
results to be shared with the Working Group in the next scheduled Working
Group online meeting on 13 February 2020 [5]. Test results will be made
available publicly under a CC-BY-SA licence.
In order for the results to be presented in a common way, we will send the
testers a template for the test reports, which will include information
about the tester, the evaluation approach used for the test, observations
for each of the indicators, and general comments or conclusion. Results of
all tests will be consolidated by the editorial team with a selection of
discussion items to be proposed for the meeting on 13 February. The
editorial team will be available for support needed during the testing
On the basis of the comments and suggestions that come out of the tests,
the editorial team will create a new proposal for a revision of the
maturity model if necessary, for example reformulating the indicators or
changing their priorities.
The testing might also bring up any issues that we could cover in the
Guidelines [6] that we are developing. We are asking for any suggestions
for guidance that are identified in the tests, so we can include them in
the draft Guidelines that we will present at the meeting on 13 February.
All results, comments and suggestions will be made available for discussion
on GitHub [7].
Please let us know whether you are interested in participating in the test
by responding to this message, with a short description of the type of
data, the community that you represent and the approach that you are
already using to evaluate your data.
Kind regards,
The editorial team.
[1] https://www.rd-alliance.org/
[2] https://www.rd-alliance.org/groups/fair-data-maturity-model-wg
[4] https://www.rd-alliance.org/workshop-6
[5] https://www.rd-alliance.org/workshop-7
[7] https://github.com/RDA-FAIR/FAIR-data-maturity-model-WG/issues
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