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.
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.
What are the goals of the programme?
Our champions have three areas of focus:
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.
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.
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.
How do I register my interest?
If you have any questions about the programme, please get in touch with us via email or Twitter.
We are using CSCCE's framework (Maintain, Grow, Evolve) to describe how community curators will work towards the goals of this program. Citation: Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement. (2021) "The CSCCE Community Participation Model - Exploring the Champion mode." Woodley and Pratt is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives International 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) license doi: 10.5281/zenodo.5275270
This work has drawn upon an original: the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) (2022) "Community champions programs tip sheet: Stage 1 -Making a case: Should you have a community champions program?" Woodley, Pratt, Santistevan, Fairhurst, Plomp, and Puebla is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives International 4.0 (CC BY-NC-ND) license doi: 10.5281/zenodo.6484087