Help us design optimal Open Science policies

by | Mar 31, 2020 | News

Building on the IDEA Consortium, the FAIR Island project is an ambitious effort in collaboration with California Digital Library to develop an optimal data policy for place-based research (physical, biological, social science and the humanities). We focus on research stations as institutions seeking to implement a policy that ensures open access to data in active research settings. The policy would use machine-actionable data management plans with controlled vocabularies and identifiers, and implementing global standards wherever possible. To achieve this, we need your help!


The FAIR Island project examines the impact of implementing optimal research data management policies and requirements, affording us the unique opportunity to look at the outcomes of strong data policies at a working field station. station as Centering the project at the new  field station on the atoll of Tetiaroa (French Polynesia) and its international research community offers an exemplar real-world use case to prove the capabilities of machine-actionable data management plans (maDMPs) and to analyze the downstream effects of these policies in the resulting release of data. Our goal is to translate the broader FAIR principles into a set of specific requirements and implementable activities that demonstrate how good data management practices and policies accelerate research for the benefit of all stakeholders.


We are seeking your feedback on the key components of a FAIR data policy and the corresponding tools required to support such a policy.  

  • If you had your way, what specific policies would you require all researchers to follow as they plan their research projects? 
  • Are there specific controlled vocabularies, personal identifiers (PIDs), or other identifiers that you use in your work (e.g. for specific data types) that should be included in FAIR Island systems?
  • What policies or best practices do you reference as exemplars to your research communities?
  • What is missing from requirements and guidance we currently give researchers? 


We see this as an opportunity for our communities to put our ideas and perspectives on exemplar Open Science policies into action…and then quickly test their effectiveness.  We’re now assembling responses via a google form here.