Energies (Oct 2021)

FAIR Metadata Standards for Low Carbon Energy Research—A Review of Practices and How to Advance

  • August Wierling,
  • Valeria Jana Schwanitz,
  • Sebnem Altinci,
  • Maria Bałazińska,
  • Michael J. Barber,
  • Mehmet Efe Biresselioglu,
  • Christopher Burger-Scheidlin,
  • Massimo Celino,
  • Muhittin Hakan Demir,
  • Richard Dennis,
  • Nicolas Dintzner,
  • Adel el Gammal,
  • Carlos M. Fernández-Peruchena,
  • Winston Gilcrease,
  • Paweł Gładysz,
  • Carsten Hoyer-Klick,
  • Kevin Joshi,
  • Mariusz Kruczek,
  • David Lacroix,
  • Małgorzata Markowska,
  • Rafael Mayo-García,
  • Robbie Morrison,
  • Manfred Paier,
  • Giuseppe Peronato,
  • Mahendranath Ramakrishnan,
  • Janeita Reid,
  • Alessandro Sciullo,
  • Berfu Solak,
  • Demet Suna,
  • Wolfgang Süß,
  • Astrid Unger,
  • Maria Luisa Fernandez Vanoni,
  • Nikola Vasiljevic

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 14, no. 6692
p. 6692


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The principles of Findability, Accessibility, Interoperability, and Reusability (FAIR) have been put forward to guide optimal sharing of data. The potential for industrial and social innovation is vast. Domain-specific metadata standards are crucial in this context, but are widely missing in the energy sector. This report provides a collaborative response from the low carbon energy research community for addressing the necessity of advancing FAIR metadata standards. We review and test existing metadata practices in the domain based on a series of community workshops. We reflect the perspectives of energy data stakeholders. The outcome is reported in terms of challenges and elicits recommendations for advancing FAIR metadata standards in the energy domain across a broad spectrum of stakeholders.