status: Recognised & Endorsed

Chair (s): Kerry Levett, Sandra Gesing, Kheeran Dharmawardena, Leyla Jael Castro

Group Email: [group_email]

Secretariat Liaison: enquiries@rd-alliance.org


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Group overview

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. The FAIR data principles strongly contribute to addressing this challenge with regard to research data. The principles, at a high level, are intended to apply to all research objects; both those used in research and those that form the outputs of research. Here we focus on the adaptation and adoption of the FAIR principles for VREs (Virtual Research Environments, also called science gateways, research platforms or virtual labs).

Digital objects such as data, software and workflows cannot be made FAIR in isolation - digital infrastructure is needed to store, manage, analyse and share the digital objects, and to make them discoverable. VREs are increasingly used as the vehicle for collecting or generating digital objects, processing, analysing, annotating and visualising these, then sharing the research outputs. How infrastructure such as a VRE is developed, and the functions it supports, therefore have a large impact on the FAIRness of digital objects themselves. 

VREs should enable FAIRness in the digital objects that they create or produce, and at the very least should not make digital objects that they process less FAIR. VREs themselves should also be FAIR, in that they should be easily discoverable and accessible; should interoperate with other digital research infrastructures; and their technical architecture, components and services should be reusable to improve development efficiency. 

The FAIR4VREs WG will enable coordination between existing communities working with VREs, science gateways, platforms and virtual labs, to define what it means for VREs to be and enable FAIR, and provide guidance to VRE developers in achieving this.

The working group will:

  1. Investigate how the existing application of the FAIR principles to data, software, workflows, computational notebooks, training materials, AI and machine learning enable VREs to enable FAIR digital objects, and themselves be FAIR, and identify any gaps in the existing work.

  2. Produce guidance on and examples of how VRES can and should be FAIR.

  3. Produce guidance on and examples of how VREs can and should enable FAIRness for other digital objects.

 

Posts

23
January
2023

FAIR for Virtual Research Environments WG meetings for Feb and March

by Kerry Levett

Dear FAIR for Virtual Research Environments WG and VRE IG members We have scheduled the next two meetings for the FAIR4VREs WG : - 16 February @ 19:30 UTC (your time ): Join zoom meeting - 16 March @ 19:30 UTC (your time ) Join zoom meeting Agenda and past meeting notes We will be testing our draft recommendations for how to make VREs FAIR and FAIR-enabling
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16
January
2023

Call for papers - DaMaLOS 2023 co-located with ESWC

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all IG and WG at RDA Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the Call for Papers for the 3rd Workshop on Metadata and Research (objects) Management for Linked Open Science - DaMaLOS 2023 , this year co-located with the Extended Semantic Web Conference ESCW 2023. Drop me a line if you have any questions. Kind regards, on behalf of DaMaLOS Organizing Committee *DaMaLOS 2023 CfPDaMaLOS-2023: 3rd Workshop on Metadata and Research (objects) Management for Linked Open ScienceESWC 2023Hersonissos, Greece,
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10
January
2023

FAIR4VREs working group meeting this week

by Kerry Levett

Dear members of the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments (FAIR4VREs) working group. A reminder that the next monthly FAIR4VREs working group meeting is on this week, *12 January 2023 @ 19:30 UTC* (your time ). Join Zoom Meeting https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/88032597428pwd=VFNrNW8xd0w1RUZJcDZCZmNMSWNoUT09 Meeting ID: 880 3259 7428 Passcode: 906097 The FAIR4VREs WG
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06
December
2022

RDA 20th Plenary - Notification of Acceptance

by Secretariat Group Account

Dear Chairs of the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments WG, Thank you for the RDA 20th Plenary (P20) submission titled Draft recommendations for making VREs FAIR and FAIR-enabling, which is approved but with a caveat that your group page is updated with immediate effect to reflect the overview and links (as included in the application), so that the broader community can understand the progress of the group. Please consider this your official notification of acceptance. * Draft programme to be published on Friday, 16th December 2022
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30
November
2022

FAIR4VREs working group meeting on 1 December at 19:30 UTC

by Kerry Levett

Dear members of the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments (FAIR4VREs) working group.   The next monthly FAIR4VREs working group meeting is on 1 December at 19:30 UTC (your time).    Join Zoom Meeting  https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/84453371553?pwd=c3ZmMG1ZVVE1YUlhems1dGgra0VrUT09 
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11
November
2022

FAIR4VREs working group meeting on 17 November at 20:00 UTC

by Kerry Levett

Dear members of the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments (FAIR4VREs) working group.   The next monthly FAIR4VREs working group meeting is on 17 November at 20:00 UTC (your time).    AGENDA  
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28
October
2022

Invitation to participate in 'A Decade of Data: 10 Years of the RDA' events and activities

by Connie Clare

Good day, The RDA Secretariat would like to invite the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments WG to participate in ‘A Decade of Data’: Celebrating 10 Years of the Research Data Alliance’. 10 months to celebrate 10 years of the RDA
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14
October
2022

Call for tutorials - SWAT4HCLS 2023

by Leyla Jael Castro

Dear all, Apologies for cross-posting. Please find below the *Call for Tutorials* 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. *SWAT4HCLS Call for TutorialsWe invite tutorial proposals for the 2023 SWAT4HCLS edition to be held in Basel, Switzerland in February 2023. The tutorials will run on the first day on
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13
October
2022

New zoom link for today's monthly meeting

by Kerry Levett

Please use this link for our meeting now: https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/88128693000?pwd=QzBRRENPMXlyb3JzQXZLT2EyUUIzZz09 Kerry Levett (she/her) Platforms Program Manager *T* +61 410 599 290 ***@***.*** Schedule a meeting with me
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13
October
2022

Fwd: FAIR4VREs Working Group Meeting @ 13 October at 19:30 UTC

by Kerry Levett

Dear members of the FAIR for Virtual Research Environments (FAIR4VREs) working group. A reminder that the next monthly FAIR4VREs working group meeting is on tomorrow - 13 October at 19:30 UTC (your time ). AGENDA Join Zoom Meeting https://adelaide.zoom.us/j/88574541536?pwd=VTE0OHFOMmZEUTlUSWxrV2J2MUxUdz09 Meeting ID: 885 7454 1536 Passcode: 296827 The FAIR4VREs WG
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