terms4FAIRskills

Building a terminology for the skills necessary to make data FAIR and to keep it FAIR.

The terms4FAIRskills project aims to create a formalised terminology that describes the competencies, skills and knowledge associated with making and keeping data FAIR. When mature, this terminology will apply to a variety of use cases, including:

The completed terminology will be of use to trainers who teach FAIR data skills, researchers who wish to identify skill gaps in their teams and managers who need to recruit individuals to relevant roles.

Announcement from the first f2f meeting (Paris May 2019)

Announcement from the second f2f meeting (The Hague October 2019)


Organisational structure:

Coordination Group - provides oversight, governance, strategy and ensures progress. Provides an editional function to ensure consistency in all terminology drafts that are made public.
Annotation groups - contributors to the terms and definitions created across the terminology, usually working on a specific section of the terminology, as well as providing annotation and comments on all content.
Ontology Maintainers - people with ontology-building experience who lead that part of the process.
Workshop organising committee(s) - local workshop organisers (in collaboration with the coordination group)

Group membership

Coordination Group

Celia van Gelder (DTL/ELIXIR-NL, NL)
Simon Hodson (CODATA, FR)
Mateusz Kuzak (DTL/ELIXIR-NL, NL)
Yann Le Franc (e-Science Data Factory, FR)
Peter McQuilton (FAIRsharing/Oxford, UK)
Susanna-Assunta Sansone (FAIRsharing/Oxford, UK)
Hugh Shanahan (Royal Holloway, UK)
Angus Whyte (DCC, UK)
Kevin Ashley (DCC, UK)
Laura Molloy (CODATA, FR)

Ontology Maintainers

Peter McQuilton (FAIRsharing/Oxford, UK)
Allyson Lister (FAIRsharing/Oxford, UK)
Yann Le Franc (e-Science Data Factory, FR)

Annotation groups

Capture and Process
Frans Huigen
Laura Molloy
Lennart Stoy

Integrate and Analyse
Melanie Imming
Hugh Shanahan
Angus Whyte

Appraise and Preserve
Victoria Dominguez Del Angel
Kristina Hettne
Yann Le Franc

Advise and Enable
Allyson Lister
Peter McQuilton
Philippe Rocca-Serra
Susanna-Assunta Sansone

Expose and Discover
Nancy Hoebelheinrich
Frans Huigen
Peter McQuilton
Laura Molloy
Hugh Shanahan
Sarah Stewart

Govern and Assess
Celia van Gelder
Mateusz Kuzak
Yan Wang
Angus Whyte

Plan and Design; Publish and Release
Celia van Gelder
Mateusz Kuzak
Yan Wang

Scope and Resource
Victoria Dominguez Del Angel
Kristina Hettne
Simon Hodson


The terms4FAIRskills project is founded and run by a small group of enthusiasts experts who grasp the significance of this, taken from a variety of backgrounds. These include CODATA, ELIXIR-EMBL-EBI, ELIXIR-FR, ELIXIR-NL, ELIXIR-UK, FAIRsFAIR, FAIRsharing, GO-FAIR, the Digital Curation Centre, the Dutch Centre for Life Science, DANS, Royal Holloway, Leiden University Libraries, The British Library, Oxford University, European University Association, VU Amsterdam, SURF, European Bioinformatics Institute, Australian Research Data Commons and TU Delft. New collaborators are joining the project all the time. If you are interested in joining this project, please email terms4FAIRskills@codata.org specifying your name, institutional affiliation and how you would like to contribute.

GO-FAIR