How is endorsement done?
Proposals can be submitted by a community member in one of the INCF Governing or Associate Nodes, but can originate from any community member. The Secretariat can help make the connection.
Evaluation criteria for endorsing a standard
- Open: Is the SBP open according to the Open Definition and does it follow open development practices?
- FAIR: Considers the SBP from the point of view of relevant FAIR criteria (Wilkinson et al. 2016). Is the SBP itself FAIR? Does it result in the production of FAIR research objects? Some of these criteria may not apply in all cases.
- Testing and implementation: Is the SBP supported by appropriate software, that is open, well designed, implemented, validated, documented and available for use?
- Governance: Does the SBP have a governance structure that makes it clear how decisions are made and how grievances are handled?
- Adoption and use: The SBP must have substantive evidence of use outside of the group or individual that develops and maintains it. Because INCF is an international organization, evidence of international use is a requirement.
- Stability and support: Who is actively maintaining and supporting the SBP and what are the plans for long term sustainability?
- Comparison with other SBP’s: Competing standards add extra burden to the community. The INCF seeks to endorse only a single standard per area, unless the suggested approach is complementary as further discussed below.
Step 1 - Submit SBP for review
A documentation of the standard is sent in to the INCF Standards and Best Practices committee
Step 2 - Expert committee review
Review by the SBP committee, the documentation of the standard is made available with the committee’s comments
Step 3 - Community review
All scientific community members are invited to give feedback during a period of 60 days
Step 4 - Evaluation of reviews
Feedback is summarized and made available to the committee for review
Step 5 - Endorsement
Final decision about endorsement (or rework and resubmission)