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Growing the FAIR Community at the Intersection of the Geosciences and Pure and Applied Chemistry
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Abstract & Keywords
Abstract: The geoscience and chemistry communities have numerous common practices and dependency on data standards. Recent efforts from the International Union on Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) are to explore and collaborate on approaches and sharing lessons learned on efforts to implement the FAIR Guiding Principles as they apply to data in their respective communities. This paper summarizes their efforts-to-date highlighting the importance of existing communities,Scientific Unions, standards bodies and societies in taking deliberate steps to move and encourage researcher adoption of the FAIR tenets.
Keywords:  Geoscience; Geophysics; Chemistry; Crystallography; Collaboration
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S. Stall, L. McEwen, L. Wyborn, N. Hoebelheinrich & I. Bruno. Growing the FAIR community at the intersection of the geosciences and pure and applied chemistry. Data Intelligence 2(2020), 139–150. doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00036
Stall ( and L. McEwen ( contributed equally to the design and writing of the article.
Shelley Stall is the Senior Director for the American Geophysical Union’s Data Leadership Program. She works with AGU’s members, their organizations, and the broader research community to improve data and digital object practices with the ultimate goal of elevating how research data is managed and valued. Shelley’s recent work includes being the program manager for the Enabling FAIR Data project engaging over 300 stakeholders in the Earth, space, and environmental sciences to make data open and FAIR targeting the publishing and repository communities to change practices by no longer archiving data in the supplemental information of a paper but instead depositing the data supporting the research into a trusted repository where it can be discovered, managed, and preserved.
Leah McEwen
Stall ( and L. McEwen ( contributed equally to the design and writing of the article.
Leah McEwen is the Chemistry Librarian at Cornell University, where she manages digital library and information services for chemistry and related research and learning communities. She is an active volunteer in many chemistry organizations and is currently chair-elect of the Committee on Publications and Cheminformatics Data Standards of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. For the past several years, she has been building up a global community of stakeholders involved in chemical data publishing and sharing, including researchers, publishers, librarians, repositories, and software developers. She has worked across sectors and disciplines, connecting with other scientific unions and data initiatives to identify gaps and develop collective workflows to facilitate FAIR data exchange across the chemistry enterprise and beyond.
Lesley Wyborn
L. Wyborn ( provided significant content on efforts within the geoscience unions and communities on data standards and contributions supporting FAIR data.
Lesley Wyborn is an Adjunct Fellow with the National Computational Infrastructure at the Australian National University and the Australian Research Data Commons. She worked for Geoscience Australia from 1972 to 2014 in both scientific research (geochemistry and mineral systems) and in geoscientific data management. In geoinformatics her main interests are developing international standards that support the integration of Earth science datasets into transdisciplinary research projects and in developing seamless high-performance data sets that can be used in High Performance Computing environments. She is currently Chair of the Australian Academy of Science “National Data in Science Committee”. She was awarded the Australian Government Public Service Medal in 2014, the 2015 Geological Society of America Career Achievement Award in Geoinformatics and the 2019 US Earth Science Information Partners Martha Maiden Award.
Nancy Hoebelheinrich
N. Hoebelheinrich ( developed the section highlighting the Data Management Training Clearing House.
Nancy J. Hoebelheinrich is a founder and principal of Knowledge Motifs LLC, a company focused upon providing consulting, project management / coordination, grant writing and educational / training services to business, non-profit, and governmental organizations needing assistance in organizing, managing, archiving and preserving data. She has been involved in a number of projects focused upon managing data in leadership, coordination, community engagement, and education / training roles as both a volunteer and a contractor. Key projects including the Enabling FAIR Data project where she served as Co-Chair of the Technical Adoption Group for training on FAIR data, and the ESIP-hosted Data Management Training Clearinghouse where she is currently serving as Editor, and as Co-Investigator and Project Coordinator on a 3 year National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Ian Bruno
I. Bruno ( supported the design of the article.
Ian Bruno is Head of Strategic Partnerships at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) which has been managing and curating scientific data for over 50 years. Ian himself has over 25 years’ experience in the world of Chemistry and Informatics. He is an active participant in research data activities and initiatives through the Research Data Alliance and the World Data System and is involved in data-related activities of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). He is Secretary to the InChI Trust which oversees the maintenance and development of the IUPAC International Chemical Identifier. Ian’s various roles at the CCDC have included software development and management of technical and scientific teams and projects. In his current role, he is responsible for shaping the CCDC’s interactions with wider research data activities and communities.
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