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INCF endorses Five Recommendations for FAIR Software as a Best Practice

1 December 2021

The FAIRR principles originated in data management. The acronym stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. The FAIR principles have served as a flagship for promoting good data management practices but until recently they were not directly applicable to software. 

The Five Recommendations for FAIR Software aim to encourage the greater adoption of FAIR principles by providing a set of starting recommendations that researchers can use to improve the quality, reach, and reproducibility of their software. The recommendations were created by the Netherlands eScience Center and DANS, the Dutch national centre of expertise and repository for research data. 

The Five Recommendations for FAIR Software were endorsed on November 30, 2021, after a public comment period and review by the INCF SBP committee.

The five recommendations:

#1 Use a publicly accessible repository with version control

#2 Add a license 

#3 Register your code in a community registry

#4 Enable citation of software

#5 Use a software quality checklist

More information about the INCF endorsement process.

Submit a standard or best practice for endorsement (form).