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Quantifying FAIR: metadata improvement and guidance in the DataONE repository network
DataONE has consistently focused on interoperability among data repositories to enable seamless access to well-described data on the Earth and the environment. Our existing services promote data discovery and access through harmonization of the diverse metadata specifications used across communities, and through our integrated data search portal and services. In terms of the FAIR principles, we have done a good job at Findable and Accessible, while as a community we have placed less emphasis on Interoperable and Reusable. We will present new DataONE services for quantitatively assessing metadata completeness and effectiveness relative to the FAIR principles. The services produce guidance for FAIRness at both the level of an individual data set and trends through time for repository, user, and funder data collections.
Matt is the Director of Informatics at NCEAS, the Director of the DataONE program, and the Principle Investigator for the NSF Arctic Data Center. His work focuses on environmental data science and cyberinfrastructure. Matt co-founded the KNB Data Repository, co-authored metadata specifications including the Ecological Metadata Language and the FGDC Biological Data Profile, and co-founded DataONE, a global federation of data repositories providing interoperable access to data about life on earth and the environment. Contact him at email@example.com.
Peter is a Software Engineer at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has contributed to projects at NCEAS including DataONE infrastructure, data processing provenance (capture, archival and display), metadata quality, and scalable computing systems.