Our philosophy, process and the tools


To evaluate the FAIRness of a digital object we need metrics. We focus on the development of such metrics to assess compliance to each and every one of the FAIR principles. We believe that increasing the FAIRness of digital resources maximizes their reuse, and that obtaining an assessment provides feedback to content creators about the degree that they enable others to find and reuse them. However, compliance is different than impact. We do not believe that all digital resources are of equal quality, nonetheless, when such resources are created and published, they should be maximally discoverable and reusable as per the FAIR principles. Abiding by the FAIR principles makes unequal resources discoverable, and this will aid in the assessment of their quality. However, any metric that assess the popularity of a digital resource is not a measure of its FAIRness.

We are guided by the following principles:

The FAIRness of a resource includes information about organizations, affiliations, policies, and URLs, and other entities that are inherently dynamic. Hence, measures of FAIRness are likely to vary over time. However, the reports on the FAIRness of a digital resource must themselves be FAIR and indicate when and by what mechanism the report was generated.

Process for developing FAIRness metrics


* The reference implementation will be a model implementation, but its completeness is subject to availability of