What is FAIR data?
Hans Constandt, founder and CEO of startup company ONTOFORCE, presented the audience with the limitations of current search engines. Suppose you would like to book a room in the Hilton hotel in Paris, and you type in ‘Paris Hilton’, you get something very different than what you had hoped for. Data may be the new oil, but like oil, it needs to pass through a refinery to get turned into useful products.
Mr. Constandt set out to create a platform that would include semantic context in searches, with pharmaceutical and medical sciences as its primary application. The vast amount of data in the platform has to meet the ‘FAIR’ standards, he says: findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable.
This means, in addition to having the proper contextual metadata, as many file formats as possible should be accessible from a technology-agnostic point of view, and the results should be able to be meaningfully linked for further research and analytics. Another key point of ONTOFORCE’s semantic search platform is that it does not involve a steep learning curve or requires extensive software development skills. On the contrary, it is a low coding platform and can be used by business people without extensive IT training.