[GRASS-PSC] Opportunity: Enabling FAIR Data project commitment statement

"Peter Löwe" peter.loewe at gmx.de
Thu Sep 20 05:39:20 PDT 2018

Hello Stefan, PSC,

sorry for answering so late.

The trend towards Open Science and FAIR ("requires less openness as Open Science, but is much better than closed/inaccessible data") is affecting the fields of science in parallel, but at different velocities. Up to my knowledge there is yet no world standard for FAIR except for the definition of the FAIR principles (https://www.force11.org/group/fairgroup/fairprinciples) by the FORCE11 community.

There are various entities who "approve" and "collect" repositories:

The re3data project/portal (Registry of Research Data Repositories https://www.re3data.org/), which is synced with DataCite (DOI: "weblinks for data-citation which will never expire/outdate") and ORCID ("unique digital IDs for researchers"), currently gives an overview over 2000 different repositories, which meet their minimal requirements (be run by a legal entity, such as a sustainable institution (e.g. library, university) AND clarify access conditions  to the data and repository as well as the terms of use AND have focus on research data).

Another effort on the national level is the german council for social- and economic data, which is a federation of approved repositories in the social sciences (https://www.ratswd.de/en ) 

The new GO FAIR initiative (currently involved: Netherlands, France, Germany - intends to include as many european nations and neighbouring nations as possible) is just emerging They are also applying the FORCE11/FAIR-principles: https://www.go-fair.org/fair-principles/).

Does this help ?


<peter.loewe at gmx.de>

> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 12. September 2018 um 18:10 Uhr
> Von: "Stefan Blumentrath" <Stefan.Blumentrath at nina.no>
> An: "Peter Löwe" <peter.loewe at gmx.de>
> Cc: "GRASS PSC list" <grass-psc at lists.osgeo.org>
> Betreff: RE: [GRASS-PSC] Opportunity: Enabling FAIR Data project commitment statement
> Hei Peter,
> Good initiative!
> I will also forward this to my institute...
> I am curious about one thing, though. The statement says:
> "These data should, to the greatest extent possible, be shared, open, and stored in community-approved FAIR-aligned repositories. Leading repositories provide additional quality checks around domain data and data services and (...)."
> My question is, what are "community-approved FAIR-aligned repositories"? What does that mean, who approves and is there a list of "approved repos"?
> And finally, how would/could institutional repositories fit into that?
> Anyway, interesting stuff!
> Kind regards,
> Stefan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: grass-psc <grass-psc-bounces at lists.osgeo.org> On Behalf Of "Peter Löwe"
> Sent: mandag 10. september 2018 09:09
> Cc: GRASS PSC list <grass-psc at lists.osgeo.org>
> Subject: [GRASS-PSC] Opportunity: Enabling FAIR Data project commitment statement
> Hello PSC,
> I would like to propose that the PSC signs the online commitment statement provided by the Enabling FAIR Data project on behalf of the GRASS GIS project.
> Background:
> The Enabling FAIR project is funded by the Arnold Foundation (comparable to the Gates Foundation. Details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_and_John_Arnold_Foundation) and managed by AGU, the American Geophysical Union (OSGeo has a MOU with AGU. Details: https://www.osgeo.org/foundation-news/osgeo-and-agu-sign-a-memorandum-of-understanding/).
> The project goal is to create an initial critical mass of researchers, research institutes and organisations, publishers, data repositories und funding agencies to establish the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) as best practices in the (Geo-)Sciences.
> Since last year I have been representing the OSGeo within the project.
> The project has now released an online commitment statement, which IMHO is of interest for the GRASS community.
> The full text (& online signing opportunity) of the commitment statement is available here: http://www.copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/commitment-to-enabling-fair-data-in-the-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences/
> The core statement is:
> --snip--
> we commit to these goals:
> Ensuring that Earth, space, and environmental science research outputs, including data, software, and samples or standard information about them, are open, FAIR, and curated in trusted domain repositories whenever possible and that other links and information related to scholarly publications follow leading practices for transparency and information.
> This means that:
> Publication of scholarly articles in the Earth, space, and environmental science community is conditional upon the concurrent availability of the data underpinning the research finding, with only a few, standard, widely adopted exceptions, such as around privacy for human subjects or to protect heritage field samples.
> These data should, to the greatest extent possible, be shared, open, and stored in community-approved FAIR-aligned repositories. Leading repositories provide additional quality checks around domain data and data services and facilitate discovery and reuse of data and other research outputs.
> --snap--
> The statement has already been signed by the gvSig project and will be signed by the OSGeo board soon.
> To my understanding, the goals of the project and GRASS GIS are highly compatible and we're actually already on track to establish a open source infrastructure for FAIR. Because of this I would like to propose that PSC signs the commitment statement on behalf of the GRASS GIS Project.
> Overview over all signatories so far: http://www.copdess.org/enabling-fair-data-project/commitment-to-enabling-fair-data-in-the-earth-space-and-environmental-sciences/signatories/
> Please note that the commitment statement can be signed both by organisations and individuals. I would like encourage everybody to sign the statement personally. 
> Best,
> Peter
> <peter.loewe at gmx.de>
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