ELIXIR Position Paper on FAIR Data Management in life sciences

ELIXIR has defined how its infrastructure will help researchers to make published life-science data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable). The statement also voices ELIXIR’s commitment to enabling the availability of FAIR data within the framework of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), an initiative of the European Commission and Member States to connect big data across Europe.

The Position Paper addresses in detail ELIXIR guiding principles on FAIR Data Management:

  • Open sharing of research data is a core principle for publicly-funded research and ELIXIR encourages all funders to adopt Open Data mandates.
  • Data Management is crucial part of good scientific practice and research excellence.
  • Whenever possible, biological research data should be submitted to the recommended community deposition databases.
  • All data submitted to Open Data archives must be annotated in accordance with community-defined standards.
  • ELIXIR Nodes are the national implementation of a harmonised FAIR Data Management programme for the life sciences.
  • FAIR data management requires professional skills and adequate resources.
  • Good research data management requires appropriate funding for data infrastructures.