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Tuesday, January 15 • 11:00am - 12:30pm
The "I&R" in FAIR: Who develops, approves, and governs domain-specific standards in the Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences?

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Session Abstract:
Researchers, data repositories, publishers, funders, and other stakeholders are increasingly obligated to ensure that data are not only open, but also FAIR - findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-usable. Various initiatives, projects, and working groups are working to advance the implementation of the FAIR principles, among them the AGU project "Enabling FAIR Data", the European GOFAIR initiative, and Working Groups within the RDA and WDS. This efforts are making it increasingly clear that many aspects of FAIRness, specifically reusability, are highly context and domain specific. The original FAIR guiding principles explicitly point to “domain-relevant community standards (R1.3.)”, but there are many open questions regarding such domain-relevant community standards: Who develops and maintains them? Who has the authority to approve them and govern them? How granular do domain-specific standard definitions need to be?
This session is intended to foster a dialog between data repositories, researchers, and other stakeholders to clarify and address the above listed questions for the Earth, Space, and Environmental informatics community.


1. Welcome & Introduction (Kerstin Lehnert)
2. The role of the International Science Unions in endorsing standards for interoperability (Lesley Wyborn)
3. Domain metadata (Ted Habermann)
4. Discussion in breakout groups
5. Synthesis and explore next steps

Session Takeaways (post-meeting):
1) Interoperability and Reusability are driven by community, and conventions are an important part of communities.
2) Interesting analogies with power adapters and rail gauges. As long as I’m within one country, I have a standard and everything works together. It’s only when I cross into other countries that interoperability enters in.

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Kerstin Lehnert

President, IGSN e.V.
Kerstin Lehnert is Doherty Senior Research Scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and Director of the Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance that operates EarthChem, the System for Earth Sample Registration, and the Astromaterials Data System. Kerstin... Read More →

Tuesday January 15, 2019 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Salon A-C
  Salon A-C, Panel
  • Area FAIR, Reusability, Domain Standards, Governance
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  • Session Recording: https://esip.sharefile.com/d-s9f4381f3a714ee3b