status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Michelle Barker, Paula Andrea Martinez, Leyla Jael Castro, Daniel S. Katz, Neil Chue Hong, Jennifer Harrow, Fotis Psomopoulos, Carlos Martinez-Ortiz, Morane Gruenpeter

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Bridget Walker


News:

May 24th, 2022. The RDA Council have endorsed the FAIR4RS Principles as an official output!

Citation and download: Chue Hong, N. P., Katz, D. S., Barker, M., Lamprecht, A-L, Martinez, C., Psomopoulos, F. E., Harrow, J., Castro, L. J., Gruenpeter, M., Martinez, P. A., Honeyman, T., et al. (2022). FAIR Principles for Research Software version 1.0. (FAIR4RS Principles v1.0). Research Data Alliance. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15497/RDA00068


This Working Group is wrapping up! Thanks for your contributions!!!

The RDA Software Source Code Interest Group is the maintenance home for the principles. Concerns or queries about the principles can be raised at RDA plenary events organised by the SSC IG, where there may be opportunities for adopters to report back on progress.


How to get involved with this working Group?

All this information is detailed on the community engagement channels page

 


Webinar - FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS WG) - 23 September 2021

 

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.

Current and upcoming activities:

  • Our first recommendation outcome is currently under review.

  • Three new subgroups focused on adoption will run from September - December 2021
  • Finalizing Working Group Outputs from January- March 2022

Past subgroup activities from 2020-2021

  1. 1 See also DTL, 2014; and Kok, 2014.
  2. 2 See also Wilkinson et al., 2016.
  3. 3 For further information refer to Clément-Fontaine et al., 2019.

The time and work of co-chairs MB and PAM is partially supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant G-2021-14116 and Wellcome Trust grant 222436/Z/21/Z. NCH’s time is supported by the UKRI research councils through grant EP/S021779/1.

Posts

14
September
2022

Invitation to Join the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments working group meeting

by Kerry Levett

Dear members of the FAIR4RS WG On behalf of the co-chairs, I'd like to invite you to join the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments working group. The first monthly *FAIR4VREs working group meeting is on **15 September at 20:30 UTC* (your time
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12
September
2022

SSI Fellowship Programme 2023: Application deadline 3 October

by Rachael Ainsworth

Hello! (Apologies if you receive this more than once, please circulate to your networks!) Applications to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2023 are open! The deadline to apply is 3 October 2022 (in 3 weeks).
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08
September
2022

Call for papers - SWAT4HCLS 2023 (first call)

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the CfP for the Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences Conference 2023 - SWAT4HCLS 2023 Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of SWAT4HCLS 2023 Organizing Committee. ----- *CfP - SWAT4HCLS Basel 2023Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Health Care and Life Sciences. 2023 edition in Basel, 13 to 16 of February, 2023Website: http://www.swat4ls.org/ CfP:
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06
September
2022

Archiving source code in a click! Announcing the updateswh browser extension

by Roberto Di Cosmo

*TL;DR:* it's really all in the image below, you can now archive/update/check source code repositories in just one click (go here to learn more) [image: image.png] *Easing archival, updating and referencing software source code* Archiving software source code, with all its development history, is essential in order to preserve its access over time. We have provided for years the Save Code Now feature that allows users to add or instantly update a single repository in the Software
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31
August
2022

RDA WG-HRPOs: Invitation for adopting the guidelines and recommendations for implementing FAIR policy in health research

by Celia Alvarez-Romero

Dear FAIR4RS WG members, We would like to bring your attention to the RDA working group (more details below) and invite you to consider adopting the guidelines and recommendations for implementing FAIR policy in health research. The new Research Data Alliance Working Group on Raising FAIRness in health data and health research performing organisations (HRPOs)
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15
August
2022

SSI Fellowship Programme 2023 Applications Open

by Rachael Ainsworth

Applications to the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2023 are now open! The deadline to apply is 3 October 2022.
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10
August
2022

Call for papers - DaMaLOS 2022 (third call)

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the CfP for the 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open Science DaMaLOS 2022 co-located with ISWC . Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of DaMaLOS Organizing Committee. *DaMaLOS 2022: 3rd Workshop on Research Objects Metadata and Management for Linked Open ScienceOnline, October 23 or 24, 2022https://zbmed.github.io/damalos/
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27
July
2022

Funding opportunity for Open, Reusable Research Data and Software

by Roberto Di Cosmo

Dear all, I would like to attract your attention to *a new funding opportunity for Open & Re-usable Research Data & Software* . The following section of the call is for those of you who are interested in *research software*. *3. Processes and tools to describe, share, reference and archive software source code, in particular with the goal to enhance reproducibility of research results.* The objective is to develop tools and processes that leverage existing initiatives, such as the Software Heritage universal
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23
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).
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