European Research Data Landscape: Final report
The European Research Data Landscape study looks at researchers’ practices in producing, reusing and depositing data, and in making it FAIR, as well as examining the research data repository landscape.
During the study, two surveys were carried out – one of researchers (over 15,000 responses), and the other of research data repositories (over 300 responses) – as well as case studies and an automated assessment of the FAIRness of research datasets using the tool F-UJI, released in the framework of the FAIRsFAIR project.
The findings of the study show that while certain FAIR practices are being adopted, and researchers are motivated by the ideals of Open Science, obstacles still remain to making data FAIR. These include limited local support, the actual implementation of FAIR in practice, lack of awareness, and the lack of progress monitoring at various levels. On the basis of these findings, the study proposes a number of recommendations and possible actions that could help to make European researchers’ practices FAIRer, and research data repositories more FAIR ready.
The study was commissioned by the European Commission and prepared by: Visionary Analytics, EFIS and FAIR-IMPACT partners DANS and DCC