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FAIR principles

In order to improve access to and reuse of data, so to maximise their potential, the ‘FAIR’ principles have been developed.
According to them, data should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

To be Findable:

·        F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier

·        F2. data are described with rich metadata (defined by R1 below)

·        F3. metadata clearly and explicitly include the identifier of the data it describes

·        F4. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource

To be Accessible:

·        A1. (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol

·        A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable

·        A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary

·        A2. metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available

To be Interoperable:

·        I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation

·        I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles

·        I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data

To be Reusable:

·        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

·        R1.2. (meta)data are associated with detailed provenance

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

Our experts have long lasting experience in geospatial data harmonisation and interoperability in general and in the implementation of FAIR principles in the geospatial domain in particular, leveraging on familiarity with INSPIRE and ISO/OGC standards.