Thinking of Joining Us?
Are you an expert in the standards, databases and policies relevant to your research domain? Are you looking to expand your professional network and promote your community? Then read on!
If your organisation would like to contribute to the Community Champions Programme, then you can do so by nominating one or more representatives who can express their interest through this form. We welcome contributors from all subject areas (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Humanities and the Social Sciences). For more information on this programme, please visit the FAIRsharing Community Champion Programme.
The programme creates a collaborative environment where domain experts are selected to oversee certain areas within the FAIRsharing registry in return for a number of professional benefits. This work is also linked to the RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador call, which is intended to create conduits of communication and outreach among the RDA, EOSC Future, and the communities of which each ambassador is a part. As the RDA / EOSC Future Domain Ambassador for standards, repositories and policies, Allyson Lister (our FAIRsharing Content & Community Lead) has created a network of community champions for their domain of interest. You may also be interested in our news items on the Community Champions Programme and the RDA / EOSC Future Ambassadorship.
Are you an expert in the standards, databases and policies relevant to your research domain? Are you looking to expand your professional network and promote your community, ensuring that the resources within your community are findable, accessible, and exposed to data management tools, knowledge graphs and other research software? We are looking for balanced representation across all disciplines, although we are particularly interested in applicants from the Humanities, Social Science, Engineering, and Physics. As a FAIRsharing community champion, you can help us help your community be more accurately and comprehensively represented with us. And in return, we have a lot to offer you.
Our champions have three areas of focus:
- 1.CURATION: In general, this means that you will enrich relationships and metadata for standard, database and policy records within FAIRsharing. You can also connect organisations and users from your research domain to these resources, ensuring attribution for your work and the work of your community. This work will increase resource findability within your community as well as FAIRsharing's coverage of the standards, databases and policies relevant to your research domain. More specifically, this means checking and updating any standard, database or data policy that you read about, are involved with, or are otherwise interested in. Such an update may only take a few minutes, but it is of a very great benefit to our user community.
- 2.EDUCATION: Work with the FAIRsharing team to generate educational material appropriate for your research domain and the wider community. Rich FAIRsharing content will ensure that your resources are findable both for humans and machines (e.g. FAIR assessment and data management tools). New infographics and other educational material will help inform your community and the wider research community on the benefits of FAIRsharing and the resources it describes.
- 3.ADVOCACY/OUTREACH: Showcase how FAIRsharing can be used within your community. By managing the ecosystem of records within your domain of interest, you help your research domain by aiding resource discovery and gap analysis, as well as identifying targeted outreach and engagement activities.
- Professional development - extend your professional network and gain curation expertise
- Empowerment - Being a community champion can help empower you in your professional role, broadening your perspectives within your subject area, and positioning you as an expert in the ecosystem of standards, databases and policies within your research domain.
- Influence - your opinion will direct the future development of FAIRsharing and its educational and training component.