Dear members of the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group!
We would like to welcome you all to this Working Group
 that aims
to reach consensus on a common set of core assessment criteria for FAIRness
and a generic and expandable self-assessment model for measuring the
maturity level of a dataset. Please see the Case Statement
of the Working Group for further details about the scope, the timeline and
intended outcomes of the group.
The Working Group was endorsed by RDA in early January 2019 and we are now
ready to start the work.
The WG brings together people and organisations with experience and
expertise in developing evaluation approaches for FAIRness, as well as
people with an interest to apply FAIR principles to data from research and
the wider public sector. We would like to encourage the members of this
group to mention the group and its objective in your own networks so we can
attract the widest possible audience with an interest in FAIR data.
A wide participation will also enable us to include as many existing
initiatives as possible. We would like to stress that the group’s aim is
not to develop yet another assessment approach, but the intention is to
build on existing approaches, looking at common elements of the various
approaches and allowing the group to identify the core elements for the
evaluation of FAIRness. We will encourage open discussion where all
opinions can be taken into account towards reaching consensus on a set of
core assessment criteria that will allow measurement of FAIRness to be
comparable across approaches.
We propose to start with a data-gathering activity in which all members of
the group can bring forward any assessment approaches (metrics,
questionnaires, checklists) that should be taken into account. For that, we
have created a Google spreadsheet
where you can provide some basic information about your approach.
We are scheduling a set of two online meetings of the WG on the 21st of
February 2019 at 11:00UTC (local times
and on the 22nd of February 2019 at 15:00UTC (local times
to discuss the scope of the work and look at an overview of existing
approaches. Invitations for the meetings with links to the conference
system will be distributed shortly.
A request has been made for a face-to-face meeting at the 13th RDA plenary
in Philadelphia in April. We will let you know as soon as we receive the
decision on our request.
We would like to express our gratitude to RDA for hosting this Working
Group and to the European Commission, Directorate-General Research and
 who will contribute to our work, via a dedicated workstream funded from
the European Commission’s ISA² programme
The EC team (Michel Schouppe, Athanasios Karalopoulos and Konstantinos
Repanas), supported by PwC Belgium as a contractor (Makx Dekkers, Nikos
Loutas and Brecht Wyns), will act as editor of the deliverables and
moderator of the discussion in the group.
We are looking forward to a successful cooperation in the Working Group and
encourage you to actively participate so that we can reach a consensus that
will help the community as a whole in making FAIR data a reality.
Edit Herczog, Vassilios Peristeras and Keith Russell, co-chairs of the RDA
FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group