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 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. 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

02
August
2021

FAIR4RS skills & training curriculums - input sought for RDA Plenary BoF

by Michelle Barker

If you’re interested in identifying FAIR research software skills and/or developing training curriculums then please help strengthen the draft submission on this topic for the
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22
July
2021

Webinar - help please - RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar on RRID Project August 10 19:00 UTC

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello RDA WG and IG members - We are writing to invite you to attend the upcoming RDA/ESIP Physical Samples Webinar "RRIDs: A Way to Track Samples Through the Scientific Literature" being held on 10 Aug 2021 - 19:00 to 20:00 UTC. You may read more about the webinar and register here. We also would appreciate a few minutes of your time to help us in promoting this webinar through your network. Listed below are ways you can help. We hope this will provide easy and fast ways for you to reach out to your colleagues who may also be interested in this webinar.
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09
July
2021

Re: [software-source-code-ig][scid][cure-fair][fair4rs] Breaking news: Software and Software Heritage in the new National Plan for Open Science in France

by Roberto Di Cosmo

Thanks Victoria, we still have a long path in front of us, but an engagement at Ministry level like this will open quite a few doors: let's keep up the good work. A non official translation of the original french document is now available at: https://www.ouvrirlascience.fr/second-national-plan-for-open-science/ Despite the imperfect english, it is well worth reading in detail: it contains a wealth of measures that cover all areas of Open Science. Best
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08
July
2021

Re: [software-source-code-ig][scid][cure-fair][fair4rs] Breaking news: Software and Software Heritage in the new National Plan for Open Science in France

by Victoria Dominguez Del Angel

Thank you for sharing this Roberto. Indeed, this is an important step for software that is now, at the same level as publication and data. All best, Victoria ====*contact information ================ Victoria Dominguez Del Angel, PhD orcid.org/0000-0002-5514-6651 ================= Sent with [ProtonMail](https://protonmail.com/) Secure Email.
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07
July
2021

Breaking news: Software and Software Heritage in the new National Plan for Open Science in France

by Roberto Di Cosmo

Dear all, I am delighted to share a great breaking news: yesterday afternoon the French Ministry of Research unveiled the second multi-annual National Plan for Open Science in France, that squarely puts software on a par with publications and data in research and Open Science, and announces a number of measures designed to open research software and better recognize software development in research. The official document is available online from the website of the French Ministry of Research
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11
June
2021

Subject: Webinar Promotional Help Please - RDA Library for Research Data Interest Group

by Stephanie Hagstrom

Hello FAIR4RS WG members -   We hope you will attend and help us promote the upcoming RDA Library for Research Data Interest Group Webinar "Exploring Past, Present, and Future Outcomes of the RDA Libraries for Research Data Interest Group" being held on 28 June 2021 at 13:00 UTC.   
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11
June
2021

[FAIR4RS] Research software definition - last chance for feedback on subroup3's output

by Morane Gruenpeter

Dear FAIR4RS WG, A few weeks ago I have shared subgroup3 summary report for feedback, during the WG review we have decided to capture the controversy about defining Research Software without actually defining it, since it seemed impossible. With some reflection and discussions in the subgroup3 gitter channel, we have agreed on the following text for the Research Software definition: *"Research Software includes source code files, algorithms, scripts, computational workflows and executables that were created during the
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11
June
2021

FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS Principles) for Community Review

by Paula Andrea Martinez

To our colleagues interested in FAIR4RS, *Apologies for cross posting, feel free to share this invitation*
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07
June
2021

[FAIR4RS] FAIRsFAIR FAIRness of services assessment framework - before June 15th

by Morane Gruenpeter

Dear FAIR4RS WG, Task 2.4, of the FAIRsFAIR EU project, is leading the activity on services and software. During the last few months, we have created the FAIRsFAIR FAIRness of services assessment framework which is explained and detailed in: Koers, Hylke, Herterich, Patricia, Hooft, Rob, Gruenpeter, Morane, & Aalto, Tero. (2020). M2.10 Report on basic framework on FAIRness of services (Version 1.0). Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4292598 Why it might interest you?
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