Implementing FAIR Workflows Project

What is the Implementing FAIR Workflows Project?

Funder Templeton World Charity Fundation
Project Directors Dr. Helena Cousijn (DataCite), Prof. Lucia Melloni (MPIEA)
Project Organization DataCite
Duration 36 Months (October 2021 - September 2024)

Implementing FAIR Workflows: A proof of concept study in the field of consciousness is a 3-year, multi-partner project funded by the TWCF, aimed at building and implementing an exemplar FAIR and Open research workflow based on the reality of an entire research lifecycle. The project will produce a practical and easy to use guide for other scientists to improve the FAIRness of their own research.

Project motivation

  1. Papers only tell a small fraction of the story, hard to comprehensively evaluate a research study based on papers alone.
  2. The complex experimental protocols and data in the field of neuroscience aggravate the reproducibility problems.
  3. Open and FAIR research increase reproducibility and reuse, infrastructure and tools are available but adoption fragmented.
  4. To motivate open practice adoption and FAIR compliance, researchers need concrete examples of FAIR workflows that are easy to implement.

Project objectives

  1. To create an end-to-end FAIR workflow specification.
  2. To enable uptake through adoption and dissemination plans with best practices.
  3. To implement credit tracing and evaluation support for the researchers through the PID graph based on citation and reuse data.
  4. To attest the scientific rigor of the research study.
  5. To enhance discoverability and reuse of the research outputs.

Project partners

Type Organization Role
Lead DataCite Coordination of development of the workflow across partners, development of a dashboard on top of the PID Graph.
Lead MPIEA Responsible for the research studys, data management and research assets during the project. Test the workflows and provide input and examples.
Partner CDL Providing consulting, technical and product management resources from UC3 Research Data Management team, integration of metadata templates into the DMP Tool and mapping of the proposed PID Graph into DMP IDs and DMP Hub.
Partner ARDC Providing access to RAiDs and assisting in the integration of RAiDs into the PID graph and corresponding interface.
Partner ChronosHub Providing the journal finder resources for the research group and management of the publishing process; integration of metadata templates into the journal submission workflow.
Partner Stanford University (CEDAR) Creating and maintaining metadata templates created during the project and supporting integration of these templates across relevant partner systems.
Supporter Crossref Providing strategic consultations and technical know-how
Supporter Center For Open Science Providing strategic consultations and technical know-how

Advisory Committee

Advisor Organization
Adrian Burton Australian Research Data Commons
Jennifer Kemp Crossref
Nici Pfeiffer Center of Open Science
Helena Cousijn DataCite
Lucia Melloni Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics
Russell Poldrack OpenNeuro
Franco Pestilli University of Texas
Rachael Kotarski British Library
Helena Ledmyr International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility
Dylan Roskams-Edris Tanenbaum Open Science Institute / NeuroHub
Jean-Baptiste Poline NeuroHub (Lead PI), NeuroDataScience Director, INCF chair of scientific council
Bryan Lawrence Caron NeuroHub - Montreal Neurological Institute

External Advisors

Work packages

1. Workflow development

Develop a specification for an end-to-end FAIR workflow for researchers that enables tracking of all different components of a research project through PIDs and their metadata, make research outputs FAIR upon inception.

Deliverable Description Lead Output
D1.1 Documentation of the end-to-end workflow specification, made publicly available with a registered DOI. DataCite, MPIEA Workflows Specification
D1.2 Mid-term project report tracking progress and evaluation of research assets already captured in the PID Graph. DataCite, MPIEA
D1.3 Final project report tracking progress and evaluation of impact. DataCite, MPIEA

2. Application of workflow in research

Apply the end-to-end FAIR workflow specification to a pre-registered multi-modal imaging experiment on consciousness to provide a proof of concept.

Deliverable Description Lead Output
D2.1 Research study outputs deposited and assigned PIDs with metadata. All partners
D2.2 Develop and/or extend existing metadata templates that are interoperable with the DataCite schema. DataCite, MPIEA, CEDAR Metadata Template Development for Cognitive Neuroscience Research
D2.3 Implementation and technical of end-to-end workflows in partner systems. DataCite, MPIEA
D2.4 Final project report tracking progress and evaluation of impact. Dryad, ChronosHub, ARDC (RAiD), University of California

3. PID Graph and Dashboard

Provide an open interface that allows researchers to track connections between DMPs, grants, investigators, outputs, organizations, research methods and protocols; and display citations and usage throughout the research lifecycle.

Deliverable Description Lead Output
D3.1 Develop an interface that allows researchers to track connections between DMPs, grants, investigators, outputs and organizations throughout the research lifecycle. DataCite
D3.2 Guide that researchers can use to implement FAIR workflows into their research. DataCite, MPIEA
D3.3 Guide for funders to support FAIR Workflows and enable output tracking DataCite

4. Adoption and dissemination

Develop an adoption and dissemination plan and engage with a range of stakeholders to plan and outline further implementation.

Deliverable Description Lead Output
D4.1 Develop a dissemination plan, identifying key stakeholders, gathering feedback and defining an adoption roadmap. DataCite, MPIEA Dissemination Plan
D4.2 Develop a project communication plan. DataCite, MPIEA Communication Plan
D4.3 Organise and host adoption workshops/webinars with relevant stakeholders and project partners. DataCite, MPIEA
D4.4 Provide open source code for the interface and related documentation. DataCite
D4.5 Publish a paper describing implementation experiences for the benefit of future implementers. All partners

More information

Event calendar

Date Conference Presentation Slides
May 12 2022 euroCRIS 2022 Implementing FAIR Workflows along the Research Lifecycle Link
June 14 2022 IDCC 2022 Accelerating Reuse by Implementing FAIR Workflows Link
June 22 2022 RDA 19 Plenary Building enhanced FAIR Workflows through use of PIDs within and between interoperable research tools Link
Sept 12 2022 INCF Assembly FAIR Workflows for Neuroscience Research Link
May 17 2023 Edinburgh Open Research Conference Making Research FAIR With a PID-centric Workflow Link


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This project was made possible through the support of a grant from Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc. The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Templeton World Charity Foundation, Inc.