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How to (Easily) Extend the FAIRness of Existing Repositories
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Abstract: Data repository infrastructures for academics have appeared in waves since the dawn of Web technology. These waves are driven by changes in societal needs, archiving needs and the development of cloud computing resources. As such, the data repository landscape has many flavors when it comes to sustainability models, target audiences and feature sets. One thing that links all data repositories is a desire to make the content they host reusable, building on the core principles of cataloging content for economical and research speed efficiency. The FAIR principles are a common goal for all repository infrastructures to aim for. No matter what discipline or infrastructure, the goal of reusable content, for both humans and machines, is a common one. As such, this is the first time that repositories can work toward a common goal that ultimately lends itself to interoperability. The idea that research can move further and faster as we un-silo these fantastic resources is an achievable one. This paper investigates the steps that existing repositories need to take in order to remain useful and relevant in a FAIR research world.
Keywords: FAIR data; Metadata; Interoperability; Repositories; Data curation
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M. Hahnel & D. Valen. How to (easily) extend the FAIRness of existing repositories. Data Intelligence 2(2020), 192–198. doi: 10.1162/dint_a_00041
Mark Hahnel
Both authors M. Hahnel ( and D. Valen ( contributed equally to the design and writing of the article.
Mark Hahnel is the CEO and founder of Figshare, which he created whilst completing his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London. Figshare currently provides research data infrastructure for institutions, publishers and funders globally. He is passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionize the research community. For the last eight years, Mark has been leading the development of research data infrastructure, with the core aim of reusable and interoperable academic data. Mark sits on the board of DataCite and the advisory board for Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). He was on the judging panel for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust Open Science prize and acted as an advisor for the Springer Nature master classes.
Dan Valen
Both authors M. Hahnel ( and D. Valen ( contributed equally to the design and writing of the article. D. Valen created the referenced data set.
Dan Valen joined Figshare as its first US-based employee in early 2014 to help researchers and organizations navigate trends in research data management. In his current role, he focuses on the development of Figshare community through engagement, strategic partnerships and educational outreach. Prior to working in the research data space at Figshare, Dan spent over 6 years at one of the largest scientific, technical, engineering and medical (STEM) publishers holding positions in editorial, trade publishing and electronic content licensing.
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