How to Update a Record

We advise all maintainers to perform an annual "health check" of their records in addition to any ad hoc updates that may be required. This section of our documentation takes you through editing each part of a FAIRsharing record, to help you complete your updates as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Although our in-house curation team will check for any issues with the record and aim to keep it up to date, you are the expert on your resource, and therefore your contributions to the record are vital.

Remember, keeping your record up to date is important. The FAIRsharing community visits us to discover, select and use resources like yours, and having up-to-date information is vital for them to make an informed decision. Our human- and machine-readable interfaces (the website and the API, respectively) provide metadata on your resources for DMP creation and management, policymaking, FAIR assessment/evaluation and much more. Keeping your record up to date ensures that your resource is well-represented to all of our community and stakeholders!

Updating a Record

To get started editing, ensure you are logged in and then choose "Edit Record" from your record's Action Menu:

This will open up the Edit Interface for your record, such as this one shown here for the FAIRsharing record. Please note that the different portions of FAIRsharing records are represented via tabs in the Edit interface. This allows you to perform updates to your record in manageably-sized chunks, as you can work on and save the information in one tab before moving on to the next.

To continue reading about how to curate your FAIRsharing record, please go straight to our tab-by-tab documentation, starting with the General Information tab.

What's most important when updating a record?

FAIRsharing records have many different metadata fields, and most of these fields are optional because we understand that what is important to describe for your resource may not be what is important to another resource. If you're not sure which curation will make the most impact for your record, consider starting off by updating the following fields. Once you've done that, go through the rest of your record, with the help this documentation, and make any additional updates relevant to your resource.

  • Common metadata attributes and data processes. This information is updated from the Additional Information tab in the record edit interface. The metadata in this section is important for describing how a resource is FAIR, and the more information you can provide here the easier it is to understand its FAIRness.

  • Checking if your record has any broken links (especially homepage URLs) : It is crucial for our resource users to ensure that all the links in their record are valid. It doesn't help users if they come across broken links, that's not FAIR.

  • Checking if a contact email is available. It's important to provide an e-mail address, as this will enable us to contact you directly if a user needs information about your resource.

  • Links to identifier schemata. Describing how your resource makes use of persistent, unique identifiers is very helpful for the FAIRsharing community. You can do this by editing the relations to other records.

  • Links to licence(s): It is important that your resource is linked to a license, if one exists, to explain how your resource data can be reused.

  • Links to other records of all types. Beyond the relationships to identifier schemata, any additional relationships will make the resource you're curating more discoverable (via graph traversal of the relationships) and showcase its interoperability.

  • Tagging your record: Add tags that most precisely describe the research area and scope of your resource to make them easier to find when searching and browsing FAIRsharing.

  • Citing your resource via publication(s): Are your publications in your record up to date? Do you have one or more publication in particular that should be used to cite your resource? You can mark one or more publications as the ones to use when citing your resource.

  • Links to organisation(s): It is important that your resource is linked to at least one "maintains" organisation.

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