The FAIR Principles


Rodare follows the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles definition which is referenced from:

To be Findable

  • F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier
    • Each published record is registered in Datacite and receives a DOI.
  • F2. data are described with rich metadata (defined by R1 below)
    • Rodare uses DataCite's metadata scheme with minimum and recommended terms.
  • F3. metadata clearly and explicitly include the identifier of the data it describes
    • The DOI is a mandatory field of each record.
  • F4. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource
    • Metatadata of each record is indexed and searchable immediately after publishing directly in Rodare.

To be Accessible

  • A1. (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol
    • Metadata can be harvested through the OAI-PMH interface as well as the public REST API
    • A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable
      • The protocols specified below A1 are publicly available, free and universally implementable.
    • A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary
      • Metadata is always accessible without any authentication or authorization procedure.
  • A2. metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available
    • Metadata will be available, even if the files are no longer available in RODARE

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
    • Some metadata terms refer to external, publicly available vocabularies, e.g. OpenDefinition for licenses and OpenAIRE for grants.
  • I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data
    • Each external metadata term is referenced by a resolvable URL.

To be Reusable

  • R1. meta(data) are richly described with a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes
    • Each record must contain the mandatory terms of the DataCite Metadata Scheme and can additionally include additional DataCite fields or custom additions.
    • R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license
      • License is a mandatory term for Open Access and Embargoed records and needs to be specified.
      • Data which is downloaded by a user is subject to the specified license in the metadata.
    • R1.2. (meta)data are associated with detailed provenance
      • Every data and metadata uploaded to RODARE is associated to a registered RODARE user.
      • In the record's metadata the original authors can be specified.
    • R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards
      • RODARE is a multi-domain repository. The DataCite Metadata Scheme is a broadly applicable and universally accepted cross-domain metadata standard.