Welcome to the FAIRsharing Community Champions Programme! Please start here to find out some tips for getting started.

This document is intended to help new FAIRsharing Community Champions get started. If you are instead looking to find out how to participate in the programme, please take a look at how to Join Us, and information about the programme in general.

Welcome to the FAIRsharing Community Champions Programme, and thank you for volunteering! Please read on for some more info about how to get involved with our growing community. We’re just at the start, and so we would love your input on how the programme is documented, and how we can best help you get started with us. We hope that you will enjoy being a part of this network of like-minded domain experts, so please let us know if there’s anything we can do to get you settled in. We’re very happy to set up a video chat with you to learn more about what you're working on and how we can help each other. In the meantime, you may also wish to view our Community Gitbook pages.


Once you've received your invitation to the Zulip Community Champions stream and signed in, please add a hello to the Welcome topic, where you can also browse the other introductions and start getting to know other community members.


There are a variety of topics you'll have access to in the Champions stream on Zulip. Here are a few examples.

Welcome - For telling us a little about yourselves.

Outreach - covers general discussion on outreach and engagement (e.g. blog posts, social media) that we do jointly with or about the Champions.

Record curation - for discussions and questions regarding the curation of individual records

Virtual cups of tea

Our in-house curation team is available at weekly drop-in chats and cuppas (also known as virtual office hours). Please feel free to browse and add the FAIRsharing Community Champions Google Calendar (iCal, calendar ID, view calendar)that lists these hours, as well as any other activities we are planning. If this time doesn’t suit you, please get in touch and we are happy to set up a one-to–one chat.

FAIRsharing Community Champions Drop-In Mondays 11:00 – 12:00 GMT / 1400 - 1500 GMT alternating. Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nav-dgip-sam Or dial: ‪(GB) +44 20 3957 0648‬ PIN: ‪931 974 685‬# More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/nav-dgip-sam?pin=4248728677370

How would you like to participate?

Many of our programme members come to us with a specific task already in mind. In that case, we work with them towards achieving that particular goal. Others are keen to start, but would appreciate a little help in knowing how best to focus their efforts. Knowing what you would like to accomplish from our partnership will help us give you the right advice.

Our champions are:

  1. curators: enriching relationships and metadata for standard, database and policy records within FAIRsharing. You also are connecting organisations 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.

  2. educators: working with the FAIRsharing team to generate educational material appropriate for your research domain and the wider community.

  3. advocates: showcasing how FAIRsharing can be used within your community.

When you signed up, you should have completed this short form, which will have given the FAIRsharing Team an idea of what areas are of most interest to you. We will follow up with you on Zulip about how you can achieve those goals. If you haven’t yet filled it out, please do so now.

Although we appreciate all the efforts of our community champions, if you want to know what types of curation are of most interest to our user community, then take a look at our list of how to best focus your curation on those parts of a record that our users find most helpful.

Co-creating with us

We regularly collaborate with members of our community to create materials such as news items and educational material. Watch out for invites to the next project in Zulip.

We also have a standing and open invitation to all members to contribute guest posts to our blog. Please let us know via Zulip or email if you are interested!


This work has drawn upon an original by the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) "Welcome to the CSCCE Community of Practice! A tipsheet for new members." (2022) Woodley and Pratt under a CC BY 4.0 license doi: 10.5281/zenodo.4161781.

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