The FAIR Island

Project

Supporting scientific field stations as they put FAIR + CARE Principles into practice.

The relationship between people, place, and data underpins some of the greatest challenges, and opportunities, of the 21st century. Relationships between human communities and their natural and built environments are increasingly mediated through digital data. In addition, there has been general enthusiasm for, and work towards Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR) data for Open Science.

The FAIR Island Project translates FAIR Data Principles (Wilkinson et al., 2016) and the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance (Carroll et al., 2020) into practice for scientific field stations through the development of place-based data policies and critical research infrastructure centered on machine-actionable data management plans.

About the Project 

Using working field stations that are linked to a range of international research networks in marine and terrestrial environments, the Project builds interoperability between pieces of critical research infrastructure

Place-based Data Policy

Building on experience with the Tetiaroa Ecostation, we have developed a generic place-based data policy for reuse and modification at other sites.

Data Management Plans

The FAIR Island Project extends the use of the DMPs into the implementation phase of research by leveraging the DMPTool to establish a detailed research DMP for work at a field station and mint a DOI for that DMP. 

Integrate with Existing Infrastructure

Integration with other systems is a core requirement and scalable benefit of the Project. These PID connections facilitate further development of the DataCite Commons interface and extend connections made possible via the networked DMP.

Participating Field Stations

The FAIR Island Project started as a partnership between the California Digital Library (CDL), the University of California, Berkeley, Gump South Pacific Research Station and the Tetiaroa Society’s Ecostation.

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Tetiaroa Ecostation

Tetiaroa, French Polynesia

Gump field station

Gump South Pacific Reserach Station

Moorea, French Polynesia

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Interested Field Stations? 

If your site is interested in collaborating please send us an email at info at fairisland.org.

Recent News & Outputs

Here are some of our recent activities. Find all of our published outputs in our Zenodo community

2021 FAIR Island Annual Report

10.5281/zenodo.6536701

A brief summary of 2021 accomplishments.

FAIR Island: Networked, Machine-Actionable DMPs for Open Science an RDA-US Presentation 

This webinar showcased initial experiments and expected benefits of machine-actionable DMPs for primary stakeholders in the data management ecosystem.

Learn More and watch

FAIRsFAIR review of Tetiaroa Research Data Policy

10.5281/zenodo.6513733

As part of FAIRsFAIR’s policy support programme, the project team reviewed the draft Tetiaroa Research Data Policy against our set of policy enhancement recommendations and provided a brief summary report outlining the results and suggestions. 

FAIR Island Newsletter - Project 1

Project Newsletter #1

We just sent our first project newsletter! Below is a quick blurb and to read the full thing, check out this link. To be on the list to get these quarterly updates moving forward click subscribe at the bottom of the page. Thanks for following along!Hello from the FAIR...

Guest Blog for UCNRS introducing FAIR Island

The FAIR Island Team is establishing a collaborative relationship with the University of California Natural Reserve System (UCNRS). This is a network of 41 reserves that cover most of California's natural habitats (see the image below for details).  As part of that...

Adding Field Station RORs to DataCite Metadata

One thing that has become apparent in our FAIR Island Project is that there is not a standard way to acknowledge the field station where the research was done. Researchers come from all over the world and have their own home institutions, which they list as their...

FAIRsFAIR Review of Tetiaroa Data Policy

The FAIR Island Project participated in the FAIRsFAIR Policy Enhancement Support Programme in the first part of 2021 sharing the draft Tetiaroa Data Policy. The Policy Support Programme was an open call for policy enhancement support launched in late 2020. The call...

Migrating our Data Policies to Github

The Tetiaroa Data Policy and the Generic Place-based Data Policy that evolved from it, were both originally drafted in Google Documents. It was an easy way for many people to edit directly, comment and view, but it masked the evolution of the Policy, which is one key...

FAIR Island Featured in the FAIRsFAIR Implementation Stories!

This Spring FAIRsFAIR published an implementation story [1] on FAIR Island aligned with their theme: "Supporting Data Management Planning for FAIR." From the FAIRsFAIR website: FAIRsFAIR Implementation stories illustrate good practices in research communities and...
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Tetiaroa Society ROR

We are very excited that the Tetiaroa Society application for a ROR was approved! ROR stands for Research Organization Registry and RORs are organizational identifiers. The Tetiaroa Society ROR is https://ror.org/04p8xrf95 The Tetiaroa Society ROR was in the first...
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Welcome to our Field Station Advisory Committee!

The FAIR Island Team is excited to establish and welcome our first Field Station Advisory Committee. This Advisory Committee was established to optimize the insight and experience of leading field station and research site network personnel: those who are best...

2021 FAIR Island Annual Report

At the beginning of 2022 we published our first annual report for the FAIR Island Project. Through a community-oriented, open approach, the FAIR Island Project advanced social and technological infrastructure for place-based open science. In the section below, the...
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DMPTool/RAMS Integration

One key integration for field stations is the link between the UC Natural Reserve System (UCNRS) Registration and Application Management System (RAMS),and the DMPTool. The Tetiaroa Ecostation and the Gump Field Station both user RAMS to track applications - project...

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to support the FAIR Island Project. We are looking to integrate with existing infrastructure projects to show the power of reuse. We love working with students to provide a real-world project to learn from. We are also actively looking to expand the field sites that we work with. If any of this sounds interesting, please connect! 

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