Record Icons

Learn about the metadata indicators that summarise the key points of each record

FAIRsharing metadata indicators, visible at the top of each record, provide an “at-a-glance” overview of the key metadata associated with a record.

Record Status

The record status icon indicates if the resource is ready / in development / deprecated / uncertain. Please see our record status section for more information.


The licence icon is used when at least one licence is described. Full information is available in the licence section for that record.


The maintainer icon indicates that the record has at least one maintainer. Maintainers not only help keep resources discoverable by the research community, but also help us to provide a complete and up-to-date view of scientific standards, policies and databases for researchers, funders and publishers. Please also see our documentation for claiming a record for a resource you develop.


This trio of relationship icons tells you if at least one of that relationship type is present within the record. FAIRsharing has the ability to store and display the relationships between resources, a key feature in understanding the landscape of standards, databases and policies around a particular resource. This information places a resource in context – which standards does a database implement, how is it interoperable with other resources?

API availability

This icon is used when information on programmatically accessing the resource is available. More details can be found in the Data Process section of the record.

Identifier Schema

The identifier icon indicates that the record is linked to at least one identifier schema (such as DOI or ARK identifiers).

Certification / Community Badge

The certification / community badge icon shows whether the record has at least one certificate or community badge. Please note that this is self-reported information that should be confirmed with the certification agency or community described.

This information has been drawn from the blog post that originally described this work.

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