[CODATA-international] Major steps forward taken in the building of a terminology for the skills required to make and keep data FAIR.

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Nov 13 07:35:00 EST 2019

Major steps forward taken in the building of a terminology for the skills
required to make and keep data FAIR.
*DANS headquarters, The Hague, October 16-18, 2019.**What did we do?*

On 16-18 October 2019, representatives of the research data community met
at the DANS headquarters in The Hague to continue to build a terminology to
describe FAIR stewardship skills (the skills necessary to make data FAIR
and to keep them FAIR): the tag #terms4FAIRskills
<https://twitter.com/search?q=%23terms4FAIRskills&src=tyah> was used on
Twitter during the event.

The meeting was kindly supported by FAIRsFAIR. This meeting was a follow up
to the first terms4FAIRskills meeting
<https://terms4fairskills.github.io/Announcement.html> held at the CODATA
headquarters in Paris in 19-20 May 2019.
*Why is this important?*

This effort is building a formalised terminology that describes the
competencies, skills and knowledge associated with activities involved in
making data FAIR and keeping it FAIR. We have focussed initially on two
important use cases, namely:


   determining what FAIR-related skills are covered by a set of training

   searching for relevant FAIR-related courses and learning paths.

These will be important in enabling the training of FAIR-related skills for
researchers, data stewards and data managers.

Other possible use cases such as developing FAIR-related job descriptions
and domain-related searches in topics such as the Life or Social Sciences
could also be developed. At the end of the Paris workshop we had a
spreadsheet developed with 245 rows of terms based on the FAIR4S table.
*What did we achieve since Paris?*

Definitions and relationships for each term were developed by our
annotation teams. The FAIRsharing team then clarified and added further
information to the spreadsheet to enable conversion into an OWL file, which
is one of the standard formats for expressing knowledge engineering data
sets such as this. Details of this process can be found at
*What did we achieve in The Hague?*

At the meeting in DANS, the following was achieved:


   the terminology was remodelled to more precisely distinguish activities
   from pedagogical concepts such as Knowledge, Skills and Aptitudes.

   Talks were presented by the collaborations SSHOC, ELIXIR and FAIRsFAIR,
   which provided insights into how the terminology could be used and extended
   for their purposes.

*What next?*

We will continue to atomise and refine each class and build relationships
collaboratively using the WebProtege web tool. The terminology will soon be
tested against the initial use cases. We plan to make the terminology
available in the near future for initial inspection and comment



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