status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Michelle Barker, Paula Andrea Martinez, Leyla Garcia, Daniel S. Katz, Neil Chue Hong

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


How to engage with the group

To keep the community engaged we have a list of communications channels we invite you to join.


One of the major challenges of data-driven research is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of data and their associated research objects, e.g., algorithms, software, and workflows. To address this, an initial effort to define a "DATA FAIRPORT" [1] began in 2014 at the Lorentz workshop and transitioned into developing a set of FAIR data Guiding Principles in 2016. The details of the FAIR data principles [2] strongly contribute to addressing this challenge with regard to research data, and the principles, at a high level, are intended to apply to all research objects; both those used in research and that form the outputs of research. Here we focus on the adaptation and adoption of the FAIR principles for the case of research software.

 

Software has become essential for research. To improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of research software [3] , it is desirable to develop and apply a set of  FAIR Guiding Principles for software. Many of the high-level FAIR data principles can be directly applied to research software by treating software and data as similar digital research objects. However, specific characteristics of software — such as its executability, composite nature, and continuous evolution and versioning — make it necessary to revise and extend the original data principles.

 

Application of the FAIR principles to software will continue to advance the aims of the open science movement. The FAIR For Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) will be jointly convened as an RDA Working Group, FORCE11 Working Group, and Research Software Alliance (ReSA) Taskforce, in recognition of the importance of this work for the advancement of the research sector. FAIR4RS WG will enable coordination of a range of existing community-led discussions on how to define and effectively apply FAIR principles to research software, to achieve adoption of these principles.

 

The working group will deliver:

  • A document developed with community support defining FAIR principles for research software
  • A document providing guidelines on how to apply the FAIR principles for research software (based on existing frameworks)
  • A document summarising the definition of the FAIR principles for research software, implementation guidelines and adoption examples.

To start the group's activities, there are four subgroups working on:


1 See also DTL, 2014; and Kok, 2014.

2 See also Wilkinson et al., 2016.

3 For further information refer to Clément-Fontaine et al., 2019.

 

 

Posts

08
April
2021

FAIR4RS WG - monthly call

by Leyla Garcia

Dear all, This is a gentle reminder of our monthly call happening next Monday 12th of April at 8pm UTC (it will be Tuesday for some of you). More information at https://www.rd-alliance.org/group/fair-research-software-fair4rs-wg/even... Kind regards, On behalf of the FAIR4RS WG
0 | Add new comment
01
April
2021

Welcome to the FAIR4RS WG

by Paula Andrea Martinez

First a very warm welcome to all our new members! During the last few months we have seen an increase in the number of members of the FAIR4RS Working Group. It is fantastic to see such enthusiasm for this work! We now have 180+ members from 26 countries.  
0 | Add new comment
30
March
2021
24
March
2021

RDA VP17 Updates: Programme Available

by Eugenia Twomey

  Dear members of the FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG,   The programme for RDA Virtual Plenary 17 (VP17) is now available. We look forward to seeing you all virtually! The plenary will offer over 100 sessions, including many repeat sessions on 22 and 23 April, in an effort to accommodate a wider range of time zones.  
0 | Add new comment
19
March
2021

WG Report on CURE-FAIR Challenges Available for Community Review

by Limor Peer

Dear colleagues, We're pleased to announce that the first interim output of the CURE-FAIR WG is now available. The report, "Challenges of Curating for Reproducible and FAIR Research Output," was created by subgroup 3 on CURE-FAIR Challenges, and it will be open for community review via Google Docs until April 2, 2021. Your feedback will help us finalize the report and contribute to the final deliverable of the CURE-FAIR WG, standards-based guidelines for CURE-FAIR best practices in publishing and archiving computationally reproducible studies.
0 | Add new comment
19
March
2021

AW: [fair4rs] Invitation to give a lightning talk on granularity

by Brigitte Mathiak

Hi Roberto, Thank you, that would be great. We can put you into first spot, if you want to go back to the FAIR4RS WG session afterwards. Best, Brigitte Von: Roberto Di Cosmo <***@***.***> Gesendet: Friday, 19 March 2021 10:34 An: Morane GRUENPETER <***@***.***>; Mathiak, Brigitte <***@***.***> Cc: FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG <***@***.***-groups.org>; ***@***.***; ***@***.***
0 | Add new comment
19
March
2021

Invitation to give a lightning talk on granularity

by Brigitte Mathiak

Dear members of the group, dear chairs, I recently came across your prior work on granularity of software (https://doi.org/10.15497/RDA00053) and we discussed it within the RDA Data Granularity WG, we are currently establishing. This is precisely what we were looking for and I would like to invite someone from this group to give a quick lightning talk concerning this topic at the next virtual plenary Wed 21/4/21 12:45 UTC. 5 to 10 minutes should suffice.
3 | Add new comment
02
March
2021

Re: [fair4rs] FAIR4RS WG - Progress

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Dan Indeed, it is a year away, and happy to hear you are on schedule. Secretariat send out reminders 6 months after Working Groups have been established and then again after 12 months. Best wishes RDA Secretariat ________________________________ From: ***@***.***-groups.org <***@***.***-groups.org> on behalf of danielskatz via FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG <***@***.***-groups.org> Sent: 02 March 2021 14:17
0 | Add new comment
02
March
2021

FAIR4RS WG - Progress

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Co-chairs, Thank you very much for the ongoing work of FAIR 4 Research Software WG. This is just a reminder that you are expected to submit your WG’s final Recommendation by 7 March 2022.
1 | Add new comment

Pages