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On 8 October 2018, the RDA BioSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases in life sciences Working Group was renamed to the FAIRSharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases RDA Working Group. This change was approved by RDA Council following interaction with RDA Technical Advisory Board and the Working Group Co-chairs. The group name change reflects the broader constituency and potential user base of the working group recommendation, which goes beyond the biosciences community. A second, extended Request for Comments on the Working Group recommendation was open from 10 October – 10 December 2018 in order to ensure that the community at large, not just the Biosciences communities, had a chance to provide feedback and comments.

After the end of the Request for Comments period, the Working Group incorporated the comments and feedback received into the final version of the recommendation, published in January 2019. The previous version, together with the comments it received during the Requests for Comment period, can also be found on the Recommendations page, after the January 2019 version.

Link to Recommendations page

Secretariat Liaison: 
TAB Liaison: 
Isabelle Perseil

OUTPUTS FAIRsharing Logo

Completed and RDA-endorsed

  1. FAIRsharing - A registry of curated and interlinked records on standards (for identifying, reporting, and citing data and metadata), repositories, and journal publisher and funder data policies in all disciplines. These will provide curated, community-vetted descriptions and knowledge graphs representing these resources and their interlinks.
  2. Recommendations - A two pages summary to provide (i) guidance to users and producers of standards and repositories, describing how they can best select and describe these resources, and (ii) advice to funders and publishers on how they can best recommend these resources in their data policies.

In progress

  1. Data Repository Selection: Criteria That Matter (pre-print) - Work with journals and journal publishers (Taylor & Francis, eLife, Elsevier, F1000, GigaScience, PLOS, Wiley, Springer Nature, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, EMBO Press, Hindawi), in collaboration with DataCite, on a set of criteria for the identification and selection of those data repositories that accept research data submissions. FAIRsharing will enable the display, filter and search of these repositories, based on these criteria, and better connect journals/publishers data policies to the resources recommended.
  2. FAIR-enabling activities - Collaborative activities related to several aspects of making FAIR a reality.


Major organizations

Here a partial list of organisations that have adopted and recommend FAIRsharing. It is pratically impossible to keep a list of all adopters and users as they encompass all stakeholders groups, such as funding agencies, scholarly publishers, standards organizations, librarians, infrastructure programmes, universities and projects, as well as researchers from academia, industry and governmental bodies.

If you want to know more about adopting or collaborating with FAIRsharing, please contact us.


Adoption stories


Selection of official reports from funders and other organizations

These reports recommend FAIRsharing for standards, repositories and data policies:



Activities at next Plenary

RDA Plenary P14th, 9th-12nd November 2020, Costa Rica (virtual)

The FAIRsharing WG will present at the session on Thursday, 12 November (breakout 8) run by the Research Funders and Stakeholders on Open Research and Data Management Policies and Practices IG

Activities at previous Plenary

RDA Plenary P14th, 23rd-25th October 2019, Helsinki, Finland

The FAIRsharing WG was involved in and presented at a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions


Pre-RDA FAIRsFAIR meeting


RDA Plenary 12th, 5th-7th November 2018, Gaborone, Botswana

The FAIRsharing WG was involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions.

Monday 5th November

Tuesday 6th November

Wednesday 7th November

Please don't hesitate to contact us on if you would like to arrange to talk to us at the plenary or to invite one of our representatives to your session.

RDA Plenary 11th, 21st-23rd March 2018, Berlin, Germany

FAIRsharing was involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions:

RDA Plenary 10th, 17th-21st September 2017, Montreal, Canada

Sunday 17th September - Monday 18th September

  • Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Plenary meeting - slides available here

Tuesday 19th September

Wednesday 20th September

Thursday 21st September

RDA Plenary 9th, 5-7th April 2017, Barcelona, Spain

Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th April

Wednesday 5th April

Thursday 6th April

RDA Plenary 8th and IDW, 11-17th September 2016, Denver, USA

We co-organized and presented at the following sessions:

RDA pre-Plenary 8th

  • Pre-defined Recommendations: A core-set of resources (databases and/or standards) that have been selected and recommended by relevant groups or organizations. 
  • Wizard Tool (beta): The wizard guides users step-by-step through the resources captured in FAIRsharing. 
  • FAIRsharing Standards Registry Survey: We have just closed our FAIRsharing Standards Registry survey, where we have assessed your needs for a registry of data/content standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. We have had over 530 responses. We're now analysing the survey and will shortly publicize an executive summary of the results, along with the raw data.

RDA Plenary 7th

Where we presented

Activities pre-plenary 7

To prioritize FAIRsharing registry's content and capabilities, in a way most appropriate to your needs, we have run a 10 questions survey and received 530 replies!

Here you can see a 3 slides update on our progresses to date.

RDA Plenary 6th


Thank-you for your feedback at the 6th Plenary meeting in Paris. It was great to catch up with everyone and to hear about the innovative and challenging work everyone is doing. If you didn’t manage to catch us at the meeting, our slides and our leaflet are available on Slideshare, as follows:

Where we presented

RDA pre-Plenary 6th

Help us prioritize improvements to FAIRsharing's capabilities as a Standards Information Resource, in a way most appropriate to your needs. ​Take a few minutes to answer few questions, please!

RDA Plenary 5th

 RDA Plenary 4th

RDA Plenary 3rd