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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!
We are proud to announce the launch of the FAIRsharing Community Curator Programme. We are actively seeking community curators across all subject areas (Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Humanities and the Social Sciences).
Under the auspices of RDA Europe and EOSC Future, FAIRsharing is announcing our new FAIRsharing Community Curation Programme. This 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) is creating a network of community curators who will “champion” their domain of interest. More information is available in our recent news items on the Community Curation Programme and the RDA / EOSC Future Ambassadorship, or see below for a summary.

Who are we looking for?

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 curator, 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?

We expect that our community curators will evaluate the FAIRsharing records within their domain, and progressively enrich and update those records according to their community's needs. We can categorise the goals of the programme according to the CSCCE's Community Participation Model:
  • MAINTAIN - Enrich relationships and metadata for standard, database and policy records within FAIRsharing. Connect organisations and users from your research domain to these resources, ensuring attribution for your work and the work of your community.
  • GROW - Increase resource findability within your commuity as well as FAIRsharing's coverage of the standards, databases and policies relevant to your research domain. Rich FAIRsharing content will ensure that your resources are findable both for humans and machines (e.g. FAIR assessment and data management tools).
  • EVOLVE - update and manage the ecosystem of records within your domain of interest. This, in turn, helps your own research domain by aiding resource discovery and gap analysis as well as identifying targeted outreach and engagement activities.

What do Community Curators gain?

  • Recognition for maintaining and curating with us, both within the FAIRsharing website and on your ORCID profile: full details are in the Attribution section of our About Community Curation page.
  • Professional development - extend your professional network and gain curation expertise
  • Empowerment - Being a community curator 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?

Please fill out this form to let us know you're interested, and get in touch with us via email or Twitter if you have any questions.

Acknowledgements

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
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