The need of industry to go fair

Herman van Vlijmen, Albert Mons, Arne Waalkens, Wouter Franke, Arie Baak, Gerbrand Ruiter, Christine Kirkpatrick, Luiz Olavo Bonino da Silva Santos, Bert Meerman, Renger Jellema, Derk Arts, Martijn Kersloot, Sebastiaan Knijnenburg, Scott Lusher, Rudi Verbeeck, Jean Marc Neefs

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The industry sector is a very large producer and consumer of data, and many companies traditionally focused on production or manufacturing are now relying on the analysis of large amounts of data to develop new products and services. As many of the data sources needed are distributed and outside the company, FAIR data will have a major impact, both by reducing the existing internal data silos and by enabling the efficient integration with external (public and commercial) data. Many companies are still in the early phases of internal data ”FAIRification”, providing opportunities for SMEs and academics to apply and develop their expertise on FAIR data in collaborations and public-private partnerships. For a global Internet of FAIR Data & Services to thrive, also involving industry, professional tools and services are essential. FAIR metrics and certifications on individuals, data, organizations, and software, must ensure that data producers and consumers have independent quality metrics on their data. In this opinion article we reflect on some industry specific challenges of FAIR implementation to be dealt with when choices are made regarding ”Industry GOing FAIR”.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-284
Number of pages9
JournalData Intelligence
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • FAIR application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Computer Science Applications


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