A workshop on Supporting FAIR Data Principles with Fedora was delivered on Thursday, February 22 by David Wilcox, Fedora Product Manager. This workshop provided an overview of Fedora with a focus on how it can support the four FAIR principles: findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability. Attendees had an opportunity to explore Fedora features first-hand using a virtual environment. Similar training opportunities will be available at events throughout the year.
IDCC (The International Digital Curation Conference) reaches individuals, organizations and institutions across all disciplines and domains involved in curating data and provides an opportunity to get together with like-minded data practitioners to discuss policy and practice. This year’s conference was held in Barcelona, Spain February 19-22 featuring presentations from practitioners who reported on projects and initiatives. Highlights included presentations and discussions about FAIR data principles which are catching on in our community. Several presentations were about how to operationalize FAIR principles.
Carolyn Hank and Wade Bishop from University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences presented on Measuring FAIR Principles to Inform Fitness for Use. They focused on consumers and re-users to better understand how they discover and evaluate data with a goal of producing a framework that apprises how best to meet the re-users’ needs (i.e., fitness for use).
Amy Koshoffer, University of Cincinnati, Amy Neeser, University of California, Berkeley, Lisa R. Johnston, University of Minnesota, and Linda Newman, University of Cincinnati gave an interesting talk on Giving Data Context:
a comparison study of institutional repositories that apply varying degrees of curation to see how curation impacts things like metadata completeness, documentation, use of DOIs, and keywords.
Shelley Stall from the American Geophysical Union presented on Enabling FAIR Data in the Earth and Space Sciences. The AGU is currently pursuing a grant to align publishers and repositories in following best practices to enable FAIR and open data.
Richard Marciano from the University of Maryland gave a talk on Building Open‐Source Digital Curation Services & Repositories at Scale. The work they’re doing at the Digital Curation and Innovation Center includes an IMLS grant-funded effort to implement the Fedora API using the highly scalable DRAS-TIC repository software.