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FAIR and open data tool audit
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This document provides a list of helpful tools and guidance to support making data more FAIR and open. It was designed to provide guidance to BMGF programme officers, grantees, project partners, researchers, innovators as well as 3rd-party data publishers associated with agriculture decision-making programmes. However, it may also be useful to other organisations and sectors wishing to increase data sharing and openness within their programmes.
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The tool audit was created by mapping existing best practice tools from the open data and agriculture community, against particular actor types, and points within the general data ecosystem of a typical BMGF programme. We assessed user needs by interviewing a range of actors within 4 programmes across 4 different regions (Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, India: Orissa & Andra Pradesh), to understand their role, challenges, and learning needs. We also attempted to map data value exchanges within each programme using an ecosystem mapping methodology. This helped us to understand the common types of data flows and interactions between actors, where pain points occur, and what kind of guidance is needed to overcome barriers to FAIR and open data.
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The audit is presented in the form of a heatmap, to help different actors understand what tools are most helpful to them at during different interactions within programme implementation. The ratings (very important, important, optional) are just suggestions and do not indicate mandatory requirements.
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NB this is by no means a comprehensive list of tools, and is intended to be a living community resource. If you have a reccommendation for a tool or resource that you would like to see featured, please email CABI at xxxxxx
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Key to reading the Heatmap
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Data value exchanges
Actor types
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Fundstransfer of funds to the grantee or primary funded organisation (lead organisation)Project Officer (PO)Employed by the funder organisation. Appraises grant proposals, including requesting a data access module (data management and output plan), monitors implementation of agreed activities, provides implemenation support, approves budget, and supervises M&E.
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Sub-contractstransfer of funds to a project partner, or sub-contracted organisation to provide a service or delivery specific project activities eg collecting dataLead organisationPrime organisation that receives funding from the funder organisation. May subcontract to project partners to deliver different aspects of the programme. Responsible for preparing grant proposal, preparing and implementing data access module, M&E reporting to funder, and overseeing implementation of agreed activities.
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Data accessactivities related to enabling the supply of data from one party to another, including from third-party sources e.g government data stewardProject partnerSubcontracted by the lead organisation to deliver agreed activities of the programme. May be involved in data collection, aggregation, analysis, processing etc
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Data publicationactivities related to the publication of open datasets, secondary outputs, software or other research outputsThird party publisherInvolved in collecting and publishing data sources that may be consumed by the lead organisation or project partners in the course of programme implementation. May be a government agency or Ministry which maintains a data portal.
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Data re-useactivities related to the use of shared(?) and open data by other researchers, to develop a new product or service, or by end users e.g policymakers, farmers, businesses etc to inform decisionsResearcherIndependent entity or institution involved in processing or re-using data within the programme. Often a tertiary institution affiliated with universities, which may have their own open access/open data policies
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InnovatorPerson or organisation who reuses data made available under the programme to create a new insight, application or service. May be specifically contracted as a project partner, or have no direct association with the project (eg re-using data made available under an open license)
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AuthorsFiona Smithfiona.smith@theodi.org
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Pauline L'Henaffpauline@theodi.org
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Jamie Fawcettjamie.fawcett@theodi.org
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StatusEdition 1.0
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Published12 June 2018
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LicenceCreative Commons Attribution Licence v 4.0 International
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