Enabling FAIR Data
Open, accessible, and high-quality data along with related data products and software are critical to the integrity of published research. They ensure transparency and support reproducibility and are necessary for accelerating the advancement of science. In many cases, the data are one-time observations that cannot be repeated. Unfortunately, not all key data are saved and even when they are, their curation is uneven and discovery is difficult, thus making it difficult for other researchers to understand and use the data sets.
To address this critical need, a coalition of groups representing the international Earth and space science community, convened by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), will develop standards that connect researchers, publishers, and data repositories in the Earth and space sciences to enable FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) data – a concept first developed by Force11.org – on a large scale. We discuss the project objectives, timeline, and how you and your organization can be involved.
Shelley Stall is the Director for AGU’s Data Programs. Shelley has more than two decades of experience working in high-volume, complex data management environments. She has helped organizations in not-for-profit, commercial, defense, and federal civilian communities address implementation of regulation, interoperability, worldwide data governance, metadata management, master data management, and organizational change management.
Shelley has diverse experience as a program and project manager, software architect, database architect, performance and optimization analyst, data product provider, and data integration analyst. This experience provides her with a core capability in development of practical and sustainable data management practices.