A spruce-up for FAIR-Aware!

12 November 2021

FAIR-Aware has received a fresh revamp over the summer. Take a look and see for yourself how the new training functionality and updated guidance make the tool more informative and user-friendly. And don’t forget to share your experience with the tool using the newly integrated social media buttons!

Learning tool

Developed by DANS in the FAIRsFAIR project, FAIR-Aware is a self-assessment tool that helps people understand what is meant by the FAIR principles and how they can make their own data(sets) more FAIR. The FAIR-Aware development team is continuously improving the tool thanks to generous feedback the users provide. All this work has the ultimate aim of making FAIR-Aware the first step in the process of putting the FAIR data principles in practice.

New structure

The development team has reorganised and updated the guidance texts offered in the tool, making them more informative and clear. This new structure allows users to learn about each FAIR practice more easily and, hopefully, apply them in their daily practices even faster.

User-friendly glossary

New to the tool is a glossary, covering some of the most relevant terms related to the FAIR questions in the tool. Thanks to the glossary, even users with limited knowledge of FAIR and the related terms should be able to navigate the tool easily.

Trainer functionality

In response to user suggestions and a growing demand for practical FAIR tools in training, FAIR-Aware has been upgraded with a functionality to support trainers. Anyone interested in assessing the FAIR awareness of their course participants or colleagues can now quickly and easily download the results of their users and analyse the answers using a ready-made template. To make use of this functionality or to test it out, simply contact the FAIR-Aware development team. If you would like to learn more about this feature, see the presentation slides and recordings of the recent demo session at the Open Science Fair.

FAIR information point for all

Users who are looking for more tailored support and are struggling to find answers to their personal FAIR-related questions will be relieved. FAIR-Aware now has a dedicated space on the FAIR Data Forum which gives users a place to discuss questions or topics that are usually too specific for the FAIR-Aware tool. As another initiative of the FAIRsFAIR project, the Forum is an open space for anyone to post queries, comments, and events related to FAIR.

The Forum section will be monitored by FAIRsFAIR project members to make sure all questions are answered, but other community members are also encouraged to join the conversation! It is an excellent platform to delve deeper into specific FAIR topics and to connect with other (international) community members who are trying to do the same. Let FAIR-Aware spark a conversation and drive you to gain even more FAIR knowledge and skills!

Spread the word!

All in all, there are lots of new things to see and experience on the FAIR-Aware website! A great opportunity to (re)assess your FAIR awareness and share your feedback with the development team, as they will continue to improve the tool to become even more useful for you. Aside from sharing your feedback with the team, it is now also easier to share (your experiences with) the tool in your network. Use the social media buttons to spread the word via Mail, WhatsApp, or on Twitter or LinkedIn!

Tip: If the tool looks suspiciously unchanged, try emptying your cache and reloading the site.

More information

Visit FAIR-Aware here. For more information about FAIR-Aware and what it can do for you, get in touch with the development team.

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Maaike Verburg M.Sc.

Research Data Management Specialist