Background Information

What Does F.A.I.R. mean?

Originally developed as set of principles to be applied to data, the concept of F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) is now increasingly being applied to other research outputs. The application of F.A.I.R. principles to research outputs ensures that anyone find, read, use and reuse them.

How does F.A.I.R. relate to Open Access?

Open Access, as originally defined by the Budapest Open Access Initiative, is fully compatible with the  F.A.I.R. principles. However, the term Open Access is also used in a number of ways that do not include all the F.A.I.R. principles and may, for example, be used when a research output is only freely accessible. The  F.A.I.R principles are a more explicit definition of the requirements that are needed to ensure that anyone can find, read, use and reuse research outputs.

How can outputs be made F.A.I.R.?

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