FAIR data case studies

FAIR Data Habits of a Fluid Mechanics Researcher

Engineering Sector: Fluid Mechanics, Aerospace Engineering
Community preferences: Tools: MatLab, Labview
Format: Self-produced textfiles, flow data (velocities), analysed data (matrix-format textfiles)
Sharing: Dropbox, email with project partners
Overall FAIRness: ORANGE
F No
A No
I No
R Partially

Overall FAIRness visualisation:



In this case study, the research focus is on the influence of roughness elements on laminar-turbulent transition of boundary layers.

The researcher works with experimental data measured in an laminar water channel. Data volumes are usally small, im MB range. In general, data is only shared between project partners. Sometimes, external data sources are considered. In this case the researcher stresses that only personally known and trusted sources are used.


The researcher stongly suggests that the issue of data management and sharing should be left to the jugement of the individual researcher, as a sort of “private decision”, and that actual requirements (e.g. provided by funders) would be too restrictive. Data is only published as a graph within a publication, as detailed descriptions on how to use data (which are necessary for re-use) are considered too time costy.


“[managing and publishing research data] is very important, but a private decision how to do it. Requirements may be restrictive.”

“The work for additional explanations to help someone understand how to use the data would be huge.”

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