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FAIR Principles: Interpretations and implementation considerations

FAIR Principles: Interpretations and implementation considerations
FAIR Principles: Interpretations and implementation considerations
The FAIR principles have been widely cited, endorsed and adopted by a broad range of stakeholders since their publication in 2016. By intention, the 15 FAIR guiding principles do not dictate specific technological implementations, but provide guidance for improving Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability of digital resources. This has likely contributed to the broad adoption of the FAIR principles, because individual stakeholder communities can implement their own FAIR solutions. However, it has also resulted in inconsistent interpretations that carry the risk of leading to incompatible implementations. Thus, while the FAIR principles are formulated on a high level and may be interpreted and implemented in different ways, for true interoperability we need to support convergence in implementation choices that are widely accessible and (re)-usable. We introduce the concept of FAIR implementation considerations to assist accelerated global participation and convergence towards accessible, robust, widespread and consistent FAIR implementations. Any self-identified stakeholder community may either choose to reuse solutions from existing implementations, or when they spot a gap, accept the challenge to create the needed solution, which, ideally, can be used again by other communities in the future. Here, we provide interpretations and implementation considerations (choices and challenges) for each FAIR principle.
FAIR guiding principles, FAIR implementation, FAIR convergence, FAIR communities, choices and challenges
2096-7004
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Jacobsen, Annika, de Miranda Azevedo, Ricardo, Juty, Nick, Batista, Dominique, Coles, Simon J., Cornet, Ronald, Courtot, Mélanie, Crosas, Mercè, Dumontier, Michel, Evelo, Chris T., Goble, Carole, Guizzardi, Giancarlo, Kryger Hansen, Karsten, Hasnain, Ali, Hettne, Kristina, Heringa, Jaap, Hooft, Rob W.W., Imming, Melanie, Jeffery, Keith G., Kaliyaperumal, Rajaram, Kersloot, Martijn G., Kirkpatrick, Christine R., Kuhn, Tobias, Labastida, Ignasi, Magagna, Barbara, McQuilton, Peter, Meyers, Natalie, Montesanti, Annalisa, van Reisen, Mirjam, Rocca-Serra, Philippe, Pergl, Robert, Sansone, Susanna-Assunta, da Silva Santos, Luiz Olavo Bonino, Schneider, Juliane, Strawn, George, Thompson, Mark, Waagmeester, Andra, Weigel, Tobias, Wilkinson, Mark D., Willighagen, Egon L., Wittenburg, Peter, Roos, Marco, Mons, Barend and Schultes, Erik (2020) FAIR Principles: Interpretations and implementation considerations. Data Intelligence Journal, 2 (1-2). (doi:10.1162/dint_r_00024).

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The FAIR principles have been widely cited, endorsed and adopted by a broad range of stakeholders since their publication in 2016. By intention, the 15 FAIR guiding principles do not dictate specific technological implementations, but provide guidance for improving Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability and Reusability of digital resources. This has likely contributed to the broad adoption of the FAIR principles, because individual stakeholder communities can implement their own FAIR solutions. However, it has also resulted in inconsistent interpretations that carry the risk of leading to incompatible implementations. Thus, while the FAIR principles are formulated on a high level and may be interpreted and implemented in different ways, for true interoperability we need to support convergence in implementation choices that are widely accessible and (re)-usable. We introduce the concept of FAIR implementation considerations to assist accelerated global participation and convergence towards accessible, robust, widespread and consistent FAIR implementations. Any self-identified stakeholder community may either choose to reuse solutions from existing implementations, or when they spot a gap, accept the challenge to create the needed solution, which, ideally, can be used again by other communities in the future. Here, we provide interpretations and implementation considerations (choices and challenges) for each FAIR principle.

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Accepted/In Press date: 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 31 January 2020
Keywords: FAIR guiding principles, FAIR implementation, FAIR convergence, FAIR communities, choices and challenges

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Local EPrints ID: 438426
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/438426
ISSN: 2096-7004
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Author: Annika Jacobsen
Author: Ricardo de Miranda Azevedo
Author: Nick Juty
Author: Dominique Batista
Author: Simon J. Coles ORCID iD
Author: Ronald Cornet
Author: Mélanie Courtot
Author: Mercè Crosas
Author: Michel Dumontier
Author: Chris T. Evelo
Author: Carole Goble
Author: Giancarlo Guizzardi
Author: Karsten Kryger Hansen
Author: Ali Hasnain
Author: Kristina Hettne
Author: Jaap Heringa
Author: Rob W.W. Hooft
Author: Melanie Imming
Author: Keith G. Jeffery
Author: Rajaram Kaliyaperumal
Author: Martijn G. Kersloot
Author: Christine R. Kirkpatrick
Author: Tobias Kuhn
Author: Ignasi Labastida
Author: Barbara Magagna
Author: Peter McQuilton
Author: Natalie Meyers
Author: Annalisa Montesanti
Author: Mirjam van Reisen
Author: Philippe Rocca-Serra
Author: Robert Pergl
Author: Susanna-Assunta Sansone
Author: Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos
Author: Juliane Schneider
Author: George Strawn
Author: Mark Thompson
Author: Andra Waagmeester
Author: Tobias Weigel
Author: Mark D. Wilkinson
Author: Egon L. Willighagen
Author: Peter Wittenburg
Author: Marco Roos
Author: Barend Mons
Author: Erik Schultes

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