status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Limor Peer, Florio Arguillas, Thu-Mai Christian, Tom Honeyman, Mandy Gooch

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries@rd-alliance.org


Curating for FAIR and Reproducible Research

 

The goal of the working group is to establish standards-based guidelines for curating for reproducible and FAIR data and code (Wilkinson et al., 2016). Informed by an examination of current curation practices and their alignment with FAIR principles, these guidelines will offer a framework for implementing effective curation workflows for publishing FAIR data and code that support scientific reproducibility. The ultimate objective is to improve FAIR-ness and long-term usability of “reproducible file bundles” across domains.

 

When we think of specific research outputs, we might think of data, software, codebooks, etc. These individual outputs may have inherent value. For example, a set of observations that is very costly to produce, or that cannot be repeated, or a script that can be used by others for computation. Traditional curation has considered these outputs as its core objects. But in the context of empirical research, these outputs interact with each other, often to produce specific findings or results. Nowadays, the process by which results are generated is captured in computation. Our approach to curation takes into account this process and focuses on computational reproducibility.

 

Computational reproducibility is the ability to repeat the analysis and arrive at the same results (National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019; Stodden, 2015). It requires using the data and code used in the original analysis, and additional information about study methods and computational environment. The reason to pursue computational reproducibility is to preserve a complete scientific record, to verify scientific claims, to do science and build upon the findings, and to teach (Elman, Kapieszewski, & Lupia, 2018; Resnik & Shamoo, 2017; Stodden, Bailey, & Borwein, 2013).

 

In this framework, the object of the curation is a “reproducible file bundle” and its component parts, including the files and their elements (e.g., variables), with the goal of enabling continued access and independent reuse of the bundle for the long term.The CURE-FAIR WG is focused on the curation practices that support computational reproducibility and FAIR principles.

 

By curation we refer to the activities designed for “maintaining, preserving and adding value to digital research data throughout its lifecycle” (Digital Curation Center, n.d.).

 

The WG will deliver,

  1. A snapshot of the current state of CURE-FAIR practices drawing upon community surveys and reviews of practice;
  2. A synthesis of practices relating to curating for computational reproducibility and FAIR principles;
  3. A final document outlining standards-based guidelines for CURE-FAIR best practices in publishing and archiving computationally reproducible studies, including the associated computational methods and materials (target date: January 2022).

 

See more in our case statement.

 

We welcome new members! We're actively working in subgroups, please take a look and join a subgroup if you have a particular interest. Or become a member of the CURE-FAIR WG to get updates!

Posts

27
June
2022

New FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme: Call for Participants

by Allyson Lister

We are proud to announce the official launch of the FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme! Together with our initial set of community curators, who have helped us prototype the programme and have already received attribution and other benefits, we are now actively seeking additional community curators across all subject areas (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Humanities and the Social Sciences). In particular, we are looking to increase our provision within the Social Sciences and Humanities.
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09
June
2022

RDA Plenary 19 [Part of IDW 2022]: Invitation to attend the session "Finalising guidelines for FAIR adoption in health research performing organisations"

by Celia Alvarez-Romero

Dear all, We would like to encourage you to join the session of the WG on Raising FAIRness in health data and health research performing organisations , which we are organising at the RDA 19th Virtual Plenary Meeting, part of the International Data Week . This meeting will primarily demonstrate the work that has been undertaken and showcase the outputs that have been generated in the form of a set of clear guidelines for the FAIR implementation in health research performing organisations (HRPOs), aiming to finalise the work
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02
June
2022

Invitation to attend the CURE-FAIR WG session at RDA P19

by Limor Peer

Dear CURE-FAIR members, We look forward to seeing many of you at the RDA Plenary later this month!
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27
May
2022

Invitation and Help with Promotion for “Professionalising Data Stewardship | Global Updates To Inform RDA Community” Webinar taking place 30 June

by Yolanda Meleco

Hello.  We are writing to invite you to an upcoming webinar presented by the RDA Professionalising Data Stewardship Interest Group taking place at 14:00 UTC on 30 June. The webinar will introduce the Outputs of the groups and include the following speakers:
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03
May
2022

Calling all data curators! Contribute to a data curation playlist

by Wanda Marsolek

Apologies for cross-posting. Please share broadly! Hello, my name is Wanda Marsolek (they/them). I am an Engineering liaison and Data Curation Librarian at the University of Minnesota Libraries and a Data CuRe Fellow (https://osf.io/4enct/). My personal project for the fellowship is to acknowledge and celebrate the humanness of data curation. This survey will help crowdsource a music playlist from our colleagues around the world of the music we listen to
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14
April
2022

RDA Plenary 19 Draft Programme Now Available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Chairs, The RDA 19th Plenary draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-19th-plenary-programme-0. Please note that the Plenary programme is a part of the International Data Week programme that can be accessed at https://www.rd-alliance.org/international-data-week-2022-programme.
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13
April
2022

10 Things for Curating Reproducible and FAIR Research

by Limor Peer

Dear All, The CURE-FAIR WG is excited to share its final output, "10 Things for Curating Reproducible and FAIR Research."
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25
March
2022

RDA Plenary 19 as a part of IDW 2022 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the CURE-FAIR WG The review of your session application for the RDA Plenary 19 (P19) is complete and your application titled 10 Things for Curating Reproducible and FAIR Research has been accepted. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations! We have some feedback and requests for you to take into consideration while preparing your session:
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22
March
2022

May be of interest: Webinar on “Research Software and Reproducibility”

by Limor Peer

Please see the message below from RDA-DK and RDA-SE. This virtual webinar is open to the community.   Dear all, RDA-DK and RDA-SE would like to invite you to our last webinar in our series about FAIR research software. This time the topic is “Research Software and Reproducibility”.
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04
March
2022

P19 session proposals submissions

by Irina Hope

Dear group members,  Thank you for submitting your session proposal for the Plenary 19 titled ‘10 Things for Curating Reproducible and FAIR Research’.  A review of all submitted proposals is underway by the RDA Technical Advisory Board. Notifications of sessions acceptance will be sent out by Thursday, 24th March.  Please contact the RDA Secretariat at enquiries@rd-alliance.org with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your submission.  
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