FAIRness of DKRZ's LTA WDCC service

Logo of FAIR Ensuring that research data are managed according to the FAIR data guiding principles has become one of, if not the most frequently required aspect in data management.

DKRZ is committed to ensure the FAIRness of research data through signing the COPDESS (Coalition on Publishing Data in the Earth and Space Sciences) Commitment in June 2018. Specifically, the native philosophy behind DKRZ's long-term archiving service LTA WDCC reflects the FAIR data principles by design - and even goes beyond them by ensuring very long-term (>10 years) preservation and therefore long-term reusability of archived data (see below for details).

In the context of the discipline specific datasets archived in LTA WDCC, we recap the FAIR data guiding principles as standing for (meta)data being
  • Findable
    • data and metadata are easy to find by both humans and machines and are assigned globally resolvable identifiers
  • Accessible
    • limitations on the use of data (licenses), and access mechanisms are made explicit for both humans and machines
  • Interoperable
    • data and metadata comply with community specific file formats and (meta)data standards such that they can readily combined with other data
  • Reusable
    • data are associated with ample metadata, documentation and uncertainty estimates such that the scope of the re-use becomes immediately clear to the re-user
We present the results of an even-handed self-assessment of LTA WDCC along the lines of the FAIR principles as described in detail by the GOFAIR initiative on the pages linked below. This assessment is intended for DKRZ user information and guidance.