FAIRsharing is here! From our first incarnation, BioSharing.org, which focussed on the life sciences, we are growing into FAIRsharing.org, to serve users across all disciplines and support Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) data.

Adding and Claiming content in FAIRsharing

The FAIRsharing Team curates and integrates descriptions of community resources, such as standards and databases, progressively linking both to policies. However, we know that the maintainers of these resources know best. So if you find that the resource you lead or work for has an incomplete or incorrect description, you can claim and edit the record(s). If a resource is missing you can submit a new record in the appropriate registry.

Why should you claim a record? First and foremost to make your resource more discoverable to others. Secondly, to get credit, both for you and your group/organisation.

Do you fear that can be too much work maintaining the record? Don’t worry, claiming and editing can be a one off event, after which the FAIRsharing team will continue to link your resources to others, making them even more visible and ‘adoptable’! For even more reasons to get involved, click here for the FAQ.

What to add

FAIRsharing maintains three resource registries covering the life and biomedical sciences, that are progressively interrelated:

  • Standards, including (but not limited to) reporting guidelines, terminology artefacts, models and formats.
  • Databases, focusing on global and community-driven repositories
  • Policies, highlighting data preservation, management and sharing

To allow the grouping of records across these three registries, we support the generation of Collections. We encourage Collections collated according to a specific criteria, for example, those databases and standards recommended by a funding body or journal policy. These can be browsed by clicking on the Collections button in the navigation bar above.

Adding Database records

FAIRsharing has a focus on global and community-driven repositories and generally does not store records describing individual data sets. Although this list is neither required nor exhaustive, databases listed within FAIRsharing generally conform to most of the following:

  • Allows viewing, searching and download of the database.
  • Serves data from multiple experiments to the community.
  • Produces regular releases.
  • Allows data submissions from the community.
  • Provides documentation on / help with the resource.

If your resource is a data set, it may not suitable for FAIRsharing. However, there are other sites you may wish to consider.

If you are looking for a centralized location to store your data set, ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Alternatively, the Dryad Digital Repository is a curated resource that makes the data underlying scientific publications discoverable, freely reusable, and citable. Dryad provides a general-purpose home for a wide diversity of datatypes. Data associated with any published article can be uploaded.

How to add a Record

  • Create an account and login. We recommend that you add your ORCID to this account, so we can link you to the record. We also recommend that you use as group email address such as help@resource.edu, where possible, as a contact.
  • Select the type and subtype of record you would like to add (Database, Standard or Policy) and complete the submission form, as comprehensively as possible.
  • After you submit the new information record, the FAIRsharing team will perform a few sanity checks on your record and contact you if we need more information.
  • Once approved, the record will be visible on FAIRsharing, alongside your name as the maintainer of the record.
  • If appropriate, the record can then be added to a Collection, see more on this below.

How to claim a record

It couldn’t be easier. Simply find the record you wish to claim and click the ‘Claim Ownership' button in the top right hand corner; you will be directed to create an account or to sign in if you already have one. A FAIRsharing curator will quickly perform a few sanity checks and add any outstanding links and confirm ownership.

How to create a Collection

To allow the grouping of records within or across our three registries, we support the generation of Collections. To create a new Collection, click the ‘Submit Collection’ button, or the 'Contribute by submitting a Collection’ button on the Collections page. Collections can be created for many different reasons, but to get an idea of what’s possible, take a look at the existing Collections.

Get started!

If you have not already done so, you may wish to create an account before selecting one of the buttons below. If you have an account then clicking on one of the buttons below will take you to the relevant page, via the login screen if necessary.

Any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.