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.
- Rule 1. Determine the governance arrangements and custodian of the legacy vocabulary
- Rule 2. Verify that the legacy-vocabulary license allows repurposing, and agree on the license for the FAIR vocabulary
- Rule 3. Check term and definition completeness and consistency in the legacy vocabulary
- Rule 4. Establish a traceable maintenance environment for the FAIR vocabulary content
- Rule 5. Assign a unique and persistent identifier to (a) the vocabulary and (b) each term in the vocabulary
- Rule 6. Create machine readable representations of the vocabulary terms
- Rule 7. Add vocabulary metadata
- Rule 8. Register the vocabulary
- Rule 9. Make the vocabulary accessible for humans and machines
- Rule 10. Implement a process for maintaining the FAIR vocabulary
Explore examples on how to apply these rules.
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We are considering the use case depicted in the following flowchart:
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