FAIR Vocabularies

A website for the guidelines for FAIR vocabularies.


Web Standards

Make vocabulary FAIR



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Make a vocabulary FAIR


We devised ten simple rules that would allow you to transform a ‘legacy’ vocabulary into a FAIR vocabulary. We consider a ‘legacy’ vocabulary as a list of terms available in a print-based glossary or in a table not accessible using web standards.

These rules are described in more detail in our peer-reviewed article in PLoS Comp Bio: “Ten simple rules for making a vocabulary FAIR”. The first version of this article is available as an arXiv pre-print.

Explore examples on how to apply these rules.

We maintain relevant references in a Zotero library.

Use case

We are considering the use case depicted in the following flowchart:

Make vocabulary FAIR workflow

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