FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS Principles)

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  • External authors:
  • Neil P. Chue Hong
  • Daniel S. Katz
  • Michelle Barker
  • Anna-Lena Lamprecht
  • Carlos Martinez
  • Fotis E. Psomopoulos
  • Jen Harrow
  • Leyla Jael Castro
  • Morane Gruenpeter
  • Paula Andrea Martinez
  • Tom Honeyman
  • Alexander Struck
  • Allen Lee
  • Axel Loewe
  • Ben van Werkhoven
  • Daniel Garijo
  • Esther Plomp
  • Francoise Genova
  • Hugh Shanahan
  • Maggie Hellström
  • Malin Sandström
  • Manodeep Sinha
  • Mateusz Kuzak
  • Patricia Herterich
  • Sharif Islam
  • Susanna-Assunta Sansone
  • Tom Pollard
  • Udayanto Dwi Atmojo
  • Andreas Czerniak
  • Anna Niehues
  • Anne Claire Fouilloux
  • Bala Desinghu
  • Céline Richard
  • Charles Gray
  • Chris Erdmann
  • Daniel Nüst
  • Daniele Tartarini
  • Elena Ranguelova
  • Hartwig Anzt
  • Ilian Todorov
  • James McNally
  • Jessica Burnett
  • Julián Garrido-Sánchez
  • Khalid Belhajjame
  • Laurents Sesink
  • Lorraine Hwang
  • Marcos Roberto Tovani-Palone
  • Mark D. Wilkinson
  • Mathieu Servillat
  • Matthias Liffers
  • Merc Fox
  • Nadica Miljković
  • Nick Lynch
  • Paula Martinez Lavanchy
  • Sandra Gesing
  • Sarah Stevens
  • Sergio Martinez Cuesta
  • Silvio Peroni
  • Tom Bakker
  • Tovo Rabemanantsoa
  • Vanessa Sochat
  • FAIR4RS WG

Abstract

To improve the sharing and reuse of research software, the FAIR for Research Software (FAIR4RS) Working Group has applied the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship to research software, bringing together existing and new community efforts. Many of the FAIR Guiding Principles can be directly applied to research software by treating software and data as similar digital research objects. However, specific characteristics of software — such as its executability, composite nature, and continuous evolution and versioning — make it necessary to revise and extend the principles.

This document presents the first version of the FAIR Principles for Research Software (FAIR4RS Principles), and includes explanatory text to aid adoption. It is an outcome of the FAIR for Research Software Working Group (FAIR4RS WG) based on community consultations that started in 2019.

The FAIR for Research Software Working Group is jointly convened as a Research Data Alliance (RDA) Working Group, FORCE11 Working Group, and Research Software Alliance (ReSA) Task Force.

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Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2022