Final report

Our final report is openly available at Zenodo and can be downloaded also here (please see the bottom of the page for pdf dowloading).

  • Henriikka Mustajoki, Janne Pölönen, Kath­leen Gregory, Dragan Ivanović, Valerie Brasse, Joonas Kesäniemi, Elina Koivisto, Elina Pylvänäin­en (2021): Making FAIReR assessments possible. Final report of EOSC Co-Creation projects: “European overview of career merit systems’’ and “Vision for research data in research careers”

In the report we build on our research and co-creation processes to argue for creating FAIReR academic assessments and infrastructures. Such assessments are rooted in both the FAIR guidelines for data management and policies for the responsible assessment of research (FAIReR = FAIR + Responsible). Specifically, FAIReR assessments emphasise diversity, communities, and dialogue.

Visual presentation of the numbered points listed below.

In order for FAIReR assessments to be realised:

1. Communities co-create the meaning of diversity in assessments

Make it meaningful. We need to know what we want to value and evaluate. To do this, we start by considering the goals of open science and do not limit our evaluations to what is technically possible or easy to measure. We take into consideration the diversity of practices, outputs, missions and impacts of academic work, and differences between fields. In the case of research data, such practices may include sharing (open) datasets, creating FAIR datasets, reusing data, or cultivating expertise in creating or curating FAIR data.  

2. Communities build assessments on infrastructures capturing diversity

Make it possible. We need to make it possible for researchers to report, make visible, and explain their diverse outputs, activities and impact of their work. Integration of relevant information from different sources is facilitated by open assessment infrastructure. In the case of research data, information on creating, publishing and sharing research data needs to be reliable, comprehensive, comparable and structured.  

3. Communities reward diverse open science and FAIR practices

Make it rewarding. We need to include a broad range of outputs, activities and impacts of academic works in criteria for hiring, promotion and funding. In the case of research data, this may include shared or open data, indications of data reuse, or acting as data steward.

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