FORCE11-RDA FAIRsharing Working Group

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We are in the process of renaming this WG to be the 'FAIRsharing Registry: connecting data policies, standards & databases WG' to reflect the broadened scope of the two main outputs, namely a set of recommendations on how to link standards, databases and data polcies and the FAIRsharing registry, which puts these recommendations into practice. Please check out our website and provide feedback on our latest enhancements, including our graph view and collection comparison tool.


NEW: "The FAIRsharing Registry and Recommendations: Interlinking Standards, Databases and Data Policies”.

These outputs will soon be ready for community review (and will be linked from here.

Page Contents

  • WG aims
  • Plans for RDA P12 Botswana
  • Our Adopters (to date)
  • Key outputs
  • Upcoming Events
  • Activities at Previous Plenaries (with links to slides)
  • Events we have attended and presented at (with links to slides)

  • The outputs of this WG will be:

    The outputs of this WG will be:

    1. A set of recommendations to guide users and producers of databases and content standards to select and describe them, or recommend them in data policies; and
    2. A curated registry, which enacts the recommendations and assists a variety of end users, providing well described, interlinked, and cross-searchable records on content standards, databases and data policies.

    Plans for RDA P12 Botswana

    Plans for RDA P12, Gaborone, Botswana

    The FAIRsharing WG will be involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions. These will be listed here once the full schedule is released.

    Please don't hesitate to contact us on if you would like to arrange to talk to us at the plenary or to invite one of our representatives to your session.

    This use cases-driven WG is a joint effort with Force11 and it is led and constituted by prospective adopters as well as technical implementers, many of whom are also leading and/or actively involved in other relevant RDA IGs and WGs, whose activities this WG complements and with which this WG will work closely. For more details, please refer to our Case Statement, found in the right-hand column.

    Through the FAIRsharing WG’s 18 month timeframe, we have built upon the existing BioSharing registry and transformed it into a cross-domain (i.e. not just for the life sciences), searchable network of 1100+ databases, 1000+ data standards, and 110+ journal and funder data policies to create the cross-domain FAIRsharing registry.

    During this time, the FAIRsharing portal has been adopted by a number of journal publishers, research data management programmes, community groups and infrastructure, research and funding programmes. These are shown in the table below.


    Please note: We are gaining new adopters all the time. To see the most up-to-date version of this table, please see our communities page.


    Adopter Type Associated FAIRsharing Record
    Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) Resource list -
    BioMedCentral (BMC) Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    EMBO Press Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    Elsevier Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    Faculty of 1000 (F1000) Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    GigaScience Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    Scientific Data Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    Springer Nature Journal Data Policy -
    Wellcome Open Research Journal Data Policy Recommendation
    ELIXIR Europe$ Infrastructure -
    ELIXIR UK Infrastructure -
    JISC UK Infrastructure -
    Cell Migration Standardisation Organisation (CMSO) Organisation Collection
    Taxonomic Databases Working Group (TDWG)* Organisation Collection
    EMBL-Australia Bioinformatics Resource Organisation Collection
    Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) Organisation Collection
    FAIRDOM Project Collection
    Euro-BioImaging$ Project Collection
    IMI eTRIKS Project Collection
    NIH LINCS Project Collection
    University of Cambridge Research Data Management -
    University of Oxford Research Data Management -
    Stanford University Research Data Management -

    * TDWG RDA Working Group and Biodiversity Data Integration RDA IG

    $ Part of RDA GEDE Coordination Group

    Want to join our list of adopters? Contact us here.

    Outputs and timeline

    Key outputs (March 2018):

    1. Content and curation - update
    As of March 2018, we have 1168 standards, 1050 databases and 111 policies. Our aim is to ensure quality rather than quantity. A key part of this is working directly with the community, engaging the maintainers of each standard, database and policy to actively update the record for their resource on FAIRsharing. If you have not yet claimed the record for a resource that you help maintain, please head over to the FAIRsharing website and do so.


    2. DOIs for Database, Standard and Policy records
    Through a collaboration with the British Library and the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, we now have DOIs for Database, Standard and Policy records in FAIRsharing. Each record can now be reached using its DOI, e.g.

    We will be adding DOIs for our collection and recommendation records in the near future.


    3. The FAIRsharing Embeddable Widget
    We continue to update the widget and now have a version 1.0 available for implementation. We are working with a number of journal publishers to install the widget on their webpages to represent their data policies in an interactive, responsive table and graph. The widget can be used to represent a FAIRsharing collection or recommendation as either an interactive table or network graph. Many thanks to Scott and the GigaScience team for rolling out the widget on their pages. It can be viewed in-situ here.


    Please email for more information.


    4. Website development
    Collection Comparison Tool - collections (groups of records related to a project, programme or organisation) and recommendations (groups of records endorsed by a journal publisher's or funder's data policy) can now be compared in a pairwise fashion. This tool allows users to assess the similarity between two collections/recommendations in terms of shared repositories and/or standards, overlapping species and disciplines and more.


    Key outputs (June 2017):

    After extensive community feedback the BioSharing registry is renamed to be the FAIRsharing registry, to reflect the growth in databases, standards and data policies beyond the life sciences. FAIRsharing will still cover the life sciences, and is a committed ELIXIR core resource, but now also contains information on non-life science resources, across the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences.


    Key outputs (March 2017):

    1. Growing Adoption - join us!
    Our adopters are now listed in a table on our communities page, and here on the RDA WG page. Our adopters are not individuals, but organizations or projects that in turn serve individual researchers and other stakeholders. To be an adopter, a resource/group/organisation needs to use BioSharing in their work in some way (e.g. to inform their data policy or by creating and linking to a collection), and link back to FAIRsharing from their webpages. As you can see from the table, FAIRsharing has a growing diverse list of adopters, but we're always keen to add more, so please do spread the word and let us know if you think we have missed someone off our list.


    2. RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing WG outputs
    The joint RDA/Force11 FAIRsharing WG is coming to the end of its 18 month time frame, but will remain an activity in the RDA community as part of the RDA ELIXIR Bridging Force Interest Group. We are currently preparing our output package for consideration by the RDA (watch this space!) This is an important step as it will increase the visibility of FAIRsharing outside of the life/biomedical/environmental science domains and encourage cross-domain and discipline collaborations.


    We feature in two sections of the March 2017 RDA newsletter.


    3. Content and curation - update
    As of March 1st 2017, we have 674 standards and 841 databases and 94 data policies. Aiming for quality, accuracy and consistency, we have manually reviewed every single record in FAIRsharing, checking every field and relationship link. This means every record has been manually assessed within the last year. We are now in the process of contacting the maintainers and contacts for each record to ensure they are aware of this update and have added all they can to their record(s).


    Key outputs (August 2016):

    BioSharing is now an:

    1. Informative resource
    A web-based, searchable portal of 3 interlinked registries, containing both in-house and crowdsourced manually curated descriptions of standards (, databases ( and data policies (, also combined in an integrated view across all 3 registries (

    Every standard and database record is annotated with a tag indicating the readiness of that resource for implementation or use (status checked with the community). Currently we have 4 indicators, that can be found in the top left of each record card (Grid view) or in the column on the right (Table view): R - ready; Dev - in development; U - status uncertain; D - deprecated. These tags also assist the Educational side, below.

    2. Educational resource

    From the homepage user can access the:

    - Educational section. A collection of over 40 frequently asked questions that cover the whats and whys of standards, how FAIRsharing can help users navigate standards, databases and data policies in the life sciences, and how to use and cite FAIRsharing:

    - Recommendations. Standards and/or databases recommended by journal or funder data policy, e.g. PLOS:

    - Collections. Standards and/or databases grouped by domain, species or organization, e.g. see the Biodiversity Standards, a group linked to the RDA IG:

    Upcoming Events

    Upcoming Events

    These will be listed here shortly.

    Activities at previous plenaries

    RDA 11th Plenary, 21st-23rd March 2018, Berlin, Germany

    FAIRsharing was involved in a number of RDA and pre-RDA sessions:

    RDA 10th Plenary, 17th-21st September 2017, Montreal, Canada

    Sunday 17th September - Monday 18th September

    • Interest Group on Agricultural Data (IGAD) Pre-Plenary meeting - slides available here

    Tuesday 19th September

    Wednesday 20th September

    Thursday 21st September

    RDA 9th Plenary, 5-7th April 2017, Barcelona, Spain

    Monday 3rd - Tuesday 4th April

    Wednesday 5th April

    Thursday 6th April

    RDA 8th Plenary and IDW, 11-17th September 2016, Denver (USA)

    We co-organized and presented at the following sessions:

    Activities pre-plenary 8

    • Pre-defined Recommendations: A core-set of resources (databases and/or standards) that have been selected and recommended by relevant groups or organizations. 
    • Wizard Tool (beta): The wizard guides users step-by-step through the resources captured in FAIRsharing. 
    • FAIRsharing Standards Registry Survey: We have just closed our FAIRsharing Standards Registry survey, where we have assessed your needs for a registry of data/content standards in the life, environmental and biomedical sciences. We have had over 530 responses. We're now analysing the survey and will shortly publicize an executive summary of the results, along with the raw data.

    Activities at Plenary 7

    Where we presented

    Activities pre-plenary 7

    To prioritize FAIRsharing registry's content and capabilities, in a way most appropriate to your needs, we have run a 10 questions survey and received 530 replies!

    Here you can see a 3 slides update on our progresses to date.

    Activities at RDA Plenary 6


    Thank-you for your feedback at the 6th Plenary meeting in Paris. It was great to catch up with everyone and to hear about the innovative and challenging work everyone is doing. If you didn’t manage to catch us at the meeting, our slides and our leaflet are available on Slideshare, as follows:

    Where we presented

    Activities pre-RDA plenary 6 

    Help us prioritize improvements to FAIRsharing's capabilities as a Standards Information Resource, in a way most appropriate to your needs. ​Take a few minutes to answer few questions, please!

    Activities at RDA Plenary 5

    Activities at RDA Plenary 4

    Activities at RDA Plenary 3


    Events we have attended and presented at

    ELIXIR All Hands Meeting, 4-7th June, Berlin, Germany.

    Supporting FAIR exchange of chemical data through standards development, IUPAC & CODATA workshop, 16-17th July, Amsterdam, Netherlands - slides here

    European Open Science Cloud Pilot All Hands (Mar 8-9, 2018), Pisa, Italy - details

    ELIXIR Innovation and SME Forum (Jan 24-25th, 2018), Wellcome Genome Campus, UK - details

    RDA EU Data Innovation Forum (Jan 30, 2018), Brussels, Belgium - details

    Keynote - International Workshop on Sharing, Citation and Publication of Scientific Data across Disciplines (Dec, 2017), Joint Support-Center for Data Science Research (DS), Tokyo, Japan - - describing and connecting standards, repositories and policies across disciplines - slides here

    Invited seminar - NBDC (Dec, 2017), Japan Science and Technology Agency, Tokyo, Japan - - interlinking standards, repositories and policies - slides here

    CODATA Data Standards (Nov, 2017), The Royal Society, London, UK

    European Open Science Cloud Pilot Data Interoperability Technical Workshop (Oct, 2017), Wellcome Genome Campus, UK - Slides

    BioSchemas and workshop (Oct, 2018), Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

    ELIXIR All Hands Meeting (Mar 21-23, 2017), Rome (IT)

    BioSchemas and workshop (Mar 6-8, 2017), Wellcome Genome Campus, Cambridge (UK)

    International Digital Curation Conference - DMP workshop (Feb 2017), Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    ELIXIR Interoperability Platform (Jan 2017), Amsterdam (NL)

    NIH BD2K All Hands (Dec 2016), DC (USA)

    NETTAB/CHARME workshop (Oct 25-26, 2016) Rome (IT) - Reproducibility, standards and SOP in bioinformatics - slides here

    ECCB (Sept 6, 2016) The Hague (NL) ELIXIR talk 11 - The FAIRsharing registry: mapping the landscape of standards and database resources in the life sciences - slides here

    CHARME workshop - (June 22, 2016) Warsaw (PL) - a presentation on FAIRsharing at the kick-off COST-CHARME workshop on Standards - slides here

    ISB2016 Conference - Geneva (CH) where we presented a poster on the FAIRsharing database registry (Tuesday 12th April) and ran a workshop on FAIRsharing, community curation and the BioDBcore guidelines (Wednesday 13th April)

    UKON2016 Conference - Newcastle (UK) for a short talk on FAIRsharing on Thursday 14th April

    FORCE2016 Conference - Portland (OR) at the Propelled by FORCE session on Tuesday April 19th at 10am

    Group Events
    Working Group Participation