FAIR Implementation Profiles

FAIR Implementation Profiles (FIPs) are a methodology, developed by GO FAIR, through which a research community expresses its practices and decisions around FAIR. The approach involves a series of questions on how the community makes data and metadata FAIR and what ‘FAIR Enabling Resources’ (FERs) are used.

One of the potential benefits of this approach is the creation, as ‘nanopublications’ of a network of FIPs and FAIR Enabling Resources, coded in RDF and which can be visualised and analysed. With use, the creation of more and more FIPs and FERs will furnish a resource which can potentially give great insights into FAIR practices.

The WorldFAIR project is exploring FIPs with our 11 case studies: FIPs are developed by each case study early in the project and towards the end of the project. The exercise will help identify any gaps and areas requiring further attention; and any progress made in awareness and potential implementation of FAIR. It is also likely that the WorldFAIR case studies will provide useful feedback to improve and refine the FIPs methodology and potentially identify important issues which may not be adequately covered by the current question-set based on the FAIR principles.

On 25 October 2022, WorldFAIR is organising a workshop ‘FIPs in WorldFAIR: What have we learnt?‘ as part of the FAIR Convergence Symposium, in Leiden and online. In this workshop we will reflect on the experience and explore our findings. What have we learnt from the process? Has using FIPs helped us describe practices around FAIR in the case studies? Has it helped identify any gaps or areas which would benefit from further attention? Will the outcomes of the FIPs assist the project in the development of a Cross-Domain Interoperability Framework and recommendations for more domain-sensitive FAIR assessment? Has the process identified ways in which the FIPs methodology and the tools around it can be improved?

‘Global cooperation on FAIR data policy and practice’ (WorldFAIR) has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe project call HORIZON-WIDERA-2021-ERA-01-01, grant agreement 101058393. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union.