status: Recognised & Endorsed

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

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: Stefanie Kethers


How to get involved with this working Group?

All this information is detailed on the community engagement channels page


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.

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19
October
2021

[FAIR4RS] Are services considered software?

by Morane Gruenpeter

Dear FAIR4RS WG, I would like to share with you the final version of the FAIRsFAIR FAIRness of services assessment framework, developed by task 2.4 of the FAIRsFAIR EU project. Following up the question in this email’s subject (1) and continuing with a question asked during VP17 session (2): 1. Are services considered software? 2. Should services be FAIR? A service (running software) is an instantiation of software which is dependent on the hosting platform of this service. The software behind this
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18
October
2021

FAIR4RS sessions at the RDA pleanary 18th

by Paula Andrea Martinez

Dear group members, We would like you to be aware of the RDA 18th Virtual Plenary Meeting [1], especially if you are new to RDA this is a great opportunity to learn from the groups updates. This plenary will run from 3-11 November 2021, and early bird registration ends 25 October. Have a look at the program [2] and select your sessions of interest.
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14
October
2021

Webinar designed for RDA Group participants

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello - My apologies for cross-posting. We wanted to be sure RDA group Chairs and group members received this information about an upcoming webinar specifically designed to provide tips and strategies for promoting project outputs. This webinar is designed for RDA Working and Interest Group Members, but anyone interested in this topic is also invited and welcome to attend. Please register and attend "How To Get Attention for Research Project Outputs " webinar on 21 Oct 2021 - 15:00 UTC presented by Jennifer Gibson. Register here.
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12
October
2021

Webinar: standards and best practice recommendations for software repositories Nov 05

by Paula Andrea Martinez

RDA-Nordic - standards and best practice recommendations for software repositories Webinar: 05. November 2021, 10.00-11.30 CET More information can be found on their website and registration is open here!
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24
September
2021

DA Virtual Plenary 18 draft programme now available

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Group Co-Chairs, The RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) draft programme is now available: https://www.rd-alliance.org/rdas-18th-plenary-meeting-programme. Please note that the Plenary dates have been revised to 3-11 November 2021.
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09
September
2021

RDA Virtual Plenary 18 - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) WG, The Technical Advisory Board (TAB) has completed its review of session applications for the RDA Virtual Plenary 18 (VP18) and has accepted your application titled FAIR principles for research software (FAIR4RS) and next steps to support their adoption. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. Congratulations!
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07
September
2021

Reminder - FAIR4RS WG Final Recommendation Expectations

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear co-chairs, Thank you very much for the ongoing work of FAIR4RS WG. This is just a reminder that you are expected to submit your WG’s final Recommendation in 6 months’ time, by 7th March 2022. To submit your Recommendation, please send the following to the RDA Secretariat (enquiries[at]rd-alliance.org): * The draft Recommendation * A short description / abstract * A brief impact statement (see the pages of Endorsed Recommendations for examples, or Secretariat can provide examples).
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03
September
2021

RDA FAIR4RS WG Sept. 23 Webinar Promotion

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hi RDA FAIR4RS WG Chairs, WG Members and Webinar presenters - We put together materials to help with promoting your upcoming September 23 FAIR Principles for Research Software FAIR4RS WG webinar. Please feel free to use these materials to help promote the webinar to your professional network. We appreciate your help and look forward to seeing you at the webinar. Thanks - Stephanie ________________________________ RDA Webinar Promotional Materials LinkedIn - Open RDA LinkedIn post and "like" and "share"
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