FAIR Principles for Research Hardware (FAIR4RH)

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08 Feb 2022
Group(s) submitting the application: 
Meeting objectives: 

Present the new FAIR4RH interest group, introduce community with the group objectives and the first achievements, gain feedback, and attract new members.

Meeting agenda: 

Collaborative session notes: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FAMHQXa3sB4BNj9F8h7Pd-lmR-FmhauRNYAs...


- Introduction: The state of Open Hardware (OH) in academia

- FAIR4RH group objectives: Adapting FAIR principles to OH -- Why and how

- Group achievements

- Open discussions

Target Audience: 

Researchers, hardware developers, makers, publishers, and all RDA participants interested in FAIR principles and the development (and recognition) of research hardware outputs.

Group chair serving as contact person: 
Brief introduction describing the activities and scope of the group: 

FAIR4RH group focuses on the redefinition and adaptation of FAIR principles for research hardware. Under the term research hardware we refer to the research outputs encompassing application-oriented prototypes and laboratory equipment (e.g., custom-made instruments). The starting point of our work is based on the previous adaptation of FAIR principles for open hardware (Miljković, Trisovic, & Peer, 2021). The goal of the group is to assess current practices on hardware as research output. The ultimate goal is to provide guidelines for appropriate adopting and adapting FAIR principles that are currently normative for data and software. To achieve this we need to focus on unique hardware properties and complex dependencies. Although FAIR principles provide good starting point for all digital assets, they may not be sufficient for proper research hardware reproducibility that is the core principle for open science. Other than FAIR principles, this group also aims to identify the requirements and practices for recognition of research hardware outputs.

The FAIR4RH RDA group aims to engage RDA community, as well as OH community (e.g., GOSHOSHWA), researchers involed in scientific research projects around OH practices (e.g., Open.MakeOPENNEXT), maker communities, and all interested parties to address current practices, challenges, and provide directions for adopting FAIR principles and good practices in disseminating research and open hardware.

Short Group Status: 

The interest group has just been initiated and the charter is still in a draft mode at the time of this submission. FAIR4RH has not been endorsed or recognized by the RDA Council yet. We aim to attract new members and encourage the discussion on the core topics of the group that will enable us to exchange the knowledge and to foster the group growth.

Type of Meeting: 
Informative meeting
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Avoid conflict with the following group (2): 
Meeting presenters: 
Julien colomb and others