How USQ is enabling FAIR and CARE-ing for its research data
Dr Francis Gacenga1, Miss Racheal Chesters1, Dr Thong Nguyen-Huy1, Dr Samantha Rose1
1University Of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba , Australia
This study aims to systematically review the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and CARE (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, Ethics) international data Principles, with a focus on institutionalising these principles at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). We are trying to understand how to effectively implement FAIR and CARE Principles, using action research and rapid review.
USQ is empowering researchers to implement FAIR and CARE practices in research, improve research quality and impact and institutionalise the FAIR and CARE principles by providing governance and resourcing.
A systematic Literature Review method is used focusing on relevant studies published between 2016-2021 from select databases. An extensive review strategy is undertaken using recommended protocols.
As part of our action research, we have been meeting with USQ Researchers to raise awareness and engagement and provide training. This has helped Researchers increase understanding of the FAIR and CARE Principles and also inform how USQ governs and resources them.
Thus far, our research indicates that the FAIR and CARE Principles are progressively gaining importance among Researcher communities, Office of Research, Library and ICT services. These principles are still poorly practiced since they are not well known in most research communities who are still trying to work out how to incorporate them in their daily research activities. The research data management space is one that cuts across multiple roles and organisational units, which poses coordination challenges. Without support funding such as, Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the cultural change would not have been possible.
Dr Francis Gacenga is Manager (eResearch) at University of Southern Queensland. He is an IT Service Manager with a research background and international professional experience in Information Technology services leadership, management, development, support and training.