The FAIR Phytoliths project is getting started

The FAIR Phytoliths project is getting started

We are happy to announce that the FAIR Phytoliths project has been successful in gaining funding through the European Open Science Cloud Digital Life Science Call. 

FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (Wilkinson et al. 2016) and it is the aim of this project to improve the FAIRness of phytolith data.

We will be taking substantial steps towards this aim by conducting a FAIR assessment of existing phytolith data, capturing current data sharing practices and opinions through a community survey and suggesting guidelines for future FAIR data. 

We want to hear from and work with as many phytolith researchers as possible so we can collectively improve data sharing for more sustainable and open phytolith research. 

There are several ways that you can get involved in this project:

  • Complete the community survey to share your practices and opinions about data sharing (see links below).
  • Find out more about the project by reading our website.
  • Contact us about other ways you could contribute – email us at


The community survey is in two parts. Part 1 is the main survey and is completely anonymous. We hope a large proportion of phytolith researchers will answer this part, so please do pass on this information to your colleagues.

Part 2 can be accessed at the end of Part 1 or separately and allows you to express an interest in our project and therefore asks for contact details. This is an optional extra but we would love to hear from you and have you get involved!

To access the community survey here are two links:


We appreciate you taking the time to fill in our survey and look forward to working with you all on this community effort.

Emma Karoune, Carla Lancelotti, Javier Ruiz-Pérez, Marco Madella and Juan José García-Granero (FAIR Phytoliths core team)

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