Determine goal for FAIRification in terms of desired usability of data that isn’t currently possible
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DEFINE FAIRIfiCATION

GOAL

Examine in detail a dataset's current and expected data requirements as well as available resources and expertise
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PROJECT

EXAMINATION

INTERACTIVE FAIRIfiCATION

CYCLES

Review outcomes and asses success against original goals
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POST FAIRIfiCATION

REVIEW

DEFINE FAIRIFICATION

GOAL

PROJECT

EXAMINATION

INTERACTIVE FAIRIfiCATION

CYCLES

POST FAIRIFICATION

REVIEW

FAIRification cycle

The practical part of the process centres around the FAIRification cycle, which consists of three separate stages: assessment, design and implementation.

This phase typically consists of multiple FAIRification cycles applied in an iterative fashion, with each FAIRification cycle focusing on a single FAIRification goal. The optimal cycle time can vary depending on the project and on the FAIRification goal of that cycle.

Assessment

An assessment step sits both at the start and the end of each implementation cycle, with the output assessment of one cycle usually serving as input to the next one, where appropriate.

For the first cycle, the assessment should have been completed as part of the project examination phase. The assessment is ideally done by one or more reviewers who are not part of the project team performing the FAIR implementation tasks.

Design

Based on the prioritised tasks defined in the FAIRification Backlog, one or more related tasks are picked up for the current FAIRification cycle.
During the design stage, concrete actions from the FAIRification template are identified to achieve the FAIRification goal identified for this cycle. These actions form the FAIRification work plan to be realised during the implementation stage.

Note down all the potential tasks you can think of irrespective of which ones can be done. Each task should be assigned a priority level in terms of where the biggest impact (to FAIR level) can be achieved most easily and efficiently (available resources).

Task Priority Task moderator
Map all anatomy-related terminology to UBERON Medium John Doe
Cross-check metadata records against MINSEQE and identify missing data elements High Jane Smith
Propose DUO-based data reuse conditions and circulate to all project partners for approval Low Peter Parker

Implementation

At this stage, one will have a complete list of all possible tasks that have been identified, that could contribute towards the defined FAIR goal. In addition, other tasks that have been discovered, which may be implementable at a later stage, should also have been documented. These will form part of the final feedback on ‘future tasks’, which can be used to improve FAIR status of datasets at a later time, if desired.

From the list of all possible tasks, it is necessary to define those that could be:

  • Achievable in the time frame defined for the cycle (eg 3 months)
  • Accomplishable with the team composition available

This refined list of tasks represents the FAIRification work plan for the cycle. The work plan should include a task status to indicate which tasks are completed, in progress and still to do.

Take a look at the FAIR Cookbook for practical guidance on common FAIRification tasks.

Task Priority Task moderator Task status
Map all anatomy-related terminology to UBERON Medium John Doe Done
Cross-check metadata records against MINSEQE and identify missing data elements High Jane Smith Ongoing
Propose DUO-based data reuse conditions and circulate to all project partners for approval Low peter Parker To Do