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Enabling FAIR data across the Earth and space sciences

08 December 2017

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Data experts from publishers, repositories, and other organisations met last month to kick off a project to promote open and Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data principles.

Open, accessible, high-quality data, as well as related data products and software, are critical to ensure the integrity of published research and to facilitate reuse of the data in future work. This is particularly true in the Earth and space sciences, where integrated data sets increasingly provide diverse and important societal benefits and are used in critical real-time decisions. Unfortunately, data preservation and curation are uneven. And even when data are well preserved, they can lack adequate documentation or easy discover-ability. The international Future of Research Communication and e-Scholarship organisation, FORCE11, which was founded in 2011, has thus proposed that for data to be reusable the infrastructure should follow the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) guiding principles.

Source: American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Image credit: AGU - 'Make Data FAIR' emblem.