6 R - Reusabilty

The ultimate goal of FAIR is to optimise the reuse of data. To achieve this, metadata and data should be well-described so that they can be replicated and/or combined in different settings.

6.1 Non-technical

  • Describe the scope of your data: for what purpose was it generated/collected? Mention any particularities or limitations about the data that other users should be aware of.
  • Specify the date of generation/collection of the data, the lab conditions, who prepared the data, the parameter settings, the name and version of the software used.
  • Is it raw or processed data?
  • Ensure that all variable names are explained or self-explanatory (i.e., defined in the research field’s controlled vocabulary).
  • Clearly specify and document the version of the archived and/or reused data.

6.2 FAIR (Technical)

R1. (Meta)data are richly described with a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes

R1.1. (Meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license

Under ‘I’, we covered elements of technical interoperability. R1.1 is about legal interoperability.

R1.2. (Meta)data are associated with detailed provenance

R1.3. (Meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards