Departmental FAIR checklists
Project overview: A pilot project was conducted in April-July 2022 to create discipline-specific guidance on how to make research data and software FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable & reusable) in seven departments across the University of Sheffield: Architecture, Biosciences, English, Geography, Mechanical Engineering, Psychology, and the School of Health and Related Research.
Methodology: Early Career Researchers and PGR students were commissioned to work as FAIR departmental leads, working with disciplinary colleagues to identify existing good practice and create a resource for researchers working within that area. Consultation was conducted and feedback sought, before the resources were launched and hosted at a local level as well as being archived to ORDA.
Architecture: Tha'er Abdalla
Biosciences: Deniz Simsek and Zuzanna Zagrodzka
English: Daniel Bowman and Yi Liu
Geography: Nerea Okong’o and Itzel Pineda
Mechanical Engineering: Matt Tipuric and James Wingham
Psychology: Shuangke Jiang and Asia Szczepaniak
School of Health and Related Research: Charlotte Cotterill
Note: the Biosciences team ultimately created a Google Site version of their checklist as they felt this was more easily negotiable by researchers. A text version of the content has been archived.
The project was organised by the Scholarly Communications Team, University of Sheffield Library, who also provided support to the checklist creators.
- There is no personal data or any that requires ethical approval
- The data complies with the institution and funders' policies on access and sharing
Sharing and access restrictions
- The data can be shared openly
- The file formats are open or commonly used
Methodology, headings and units
- Headings and units are explained in the files