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VREs/Virtual Labs/Science Gateways: How could FAIRness badges for providers, developers and users of VREs look like?

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    Sandra Gesing

    0-10 min Introduction to IG and FAIR4VRE working group (Sandra Gesing)
    10-50 min – Panel – How to incentivize researchers to aim for FAIRness of their digital objects?
    (Moderator: Sandra Gesing, Panelist: Chris Erdmann, Isabelle Perseil, Claire Stirm, Kheeran Dharmawardena, Zhiming Zhao)
    The panelists will present about their involvement with FAIR and/or VREs. They will discuss which steps in regard to FAIRness they prioritize and whether they think there are low hanging fruits they recommend to start with supporting FAIR in VREs. What are existing incentives for researchers to invest the extra time in supporting FAIR?
    50-90 min Group discussion and preparing for a new working group
    (Moderator: Andreas Rauber)

    How to create badges that reflect achievements of a person or of a project or a community in a VRE?

    Who gives such badges? 

    Can badges be given automatically for some actions or does it need to be always manually? 

    What would badges look like regarding granularity?

    What is the lifetime of a badge?

    Is FAIRness evaluation maybe too complex to address via badges? 


    Additional links to informative material

    20th Plenary FAIR4VRE WG  Gothenburg:

    18th Plenary IG virtual:

    17th Plenary IG virtual:

    16th Plenary IG virtual:

    15th Plenary IG virtual:

    14th Plenary IG Helsinki:

    13th Plenary IG Philadelphia:

    12th Plenary IG Gaborone:

    11th Plenary IG Berlin: Virtual Research Environments – How do I find them and what skills do I need to build and use them?

    10th Plenary IG Montreal: Understanding VREs/SGs/VLs: planning a roadmap for sustainable collaborative development

    9th Plenary IG Barcelona: Virtual Research Environments: coordinating sustainable online research environments across multiple infrastructures

    8th Plenary IG Denver: VREs/Virtual laboratories/science gateways: opportunities for developing a more coordinated approach to support interoperability across different systems

    7th Plenary BoF Tokyo: Kick-Off Meeting to establish the Virtual Research Environment Interest Group

    Avoid conflict with the following group (1)
    FAIR Data Maturity Model WG

    Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group
    VREs are synonymous with Science Gateways (SGs) in the USA and Virtual Laboratories (VLs) in Australia, and are increasingly being used to support a more dynamic approach to collaborative working across the internet. The VRE-IG will explore all aspects of existing and planned future VRE/SG/VLs with the aim of moving towards common policies and best practices, such as those now being promoted by the European EOSC, the US XSEDE and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). 
    The VRE IG acts as a longer-term organization responsible for tracking and contributing to the evolution of VRE/SG/VL technologies, particularly as they relate to data access. It will also seek to engage with those seeking to make use of these online technologies in an effort to identify the necessary technical aspects, social and community building practices, required skills, as well as governance issues and best practice required to support a more coordinated approach to the development of the collaborative environments that enable data sharing and in situ online processing.
    At this meeting we focus on aspects for rewarding providers, developers and users of VREs for aiming at FAIRness for their digital objects. Additionally we aim at setting up the next working group after FAIR4VRE is finalized.

    Group chair serving as contact person
    Sandra Gesing

    I Understand a Chair Must be Present at the Event to Hold the Breakout Session

    Meeting objectives
    VREs are predestined to support many aspects of FAIR because of their characteristics to provide a workspace for collaboration, sharing data and simulations and/or workflows. The FAIR for VRE Working Group has worked on a checklist to measure FAIRness in science gateways. This list considers how to address the complexity in regard to which target group is addressed – developers or users – and the granularity such as VREs as software frameworks, services, APIs, workflows, data and simulations. We assume that not only VREs as software frameworks are FAIR but that they also are FAIR-enabling for the digital objects they contain. The objective of this session will be how to recognize and incentivize that providers, developers and users are actively working towards FAIRness of digital objects. The idea for this session is to address this via badges. It probably makes sense to split the badges for the four principles Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. There are many open questions beyond this granularity such as how to create badges, who gives such badges, what are the rules for the duration of badges?

    Please indicate at least (3) three breakout slots that would suit your meeting.
    Breakout 2, Breakout 6, Breakout 7

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