EPOS follows the "FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship". FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable data. These principles guarantee proper data-management that aids both e-science and traditional research. They increase the transparency and reproducibility of research, and increase the return on the invested resources by readily providing future research and applications with relevant data sets.

FAIR data principles were introduced by Wilkinson et al. (2016) and have been documented extensively. Detailed information is available, amongst others, on the internet presence of the GO FAIR initiative.


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