FDO Forum Contest ‘Name That Space’

Published on March 16, 2022

At our recent January 2022 High Level Panel of Future Data Space (an expert exchange exploring a vision of key scientific, technical and policy pillars of a future global data space), we referred to that space, for lack of a better agreed-upon term, as the global integrated data space (GIDS). However, GIDS does not necessarily have the cachet of FAIR nor does it fare particularly well when discussing PIDs in the GIDS.

We are therefore holding a contest to find a suitable name for a term as convincing and memorable as ‘Internet’, ‘Web’, and ‘FAIR’, each of which were widely agreed upon across sectors and disciplines and which could easily be related to the major concepts and visions they were representing. The future global domain of integrated digital objects can be further characterized by: FAIR, maximally open, stable, persistent, and supporting automatic processing. We are inviting the FDO community and its collaborative partners to help us name this space by making suggestions. 

The FDO Forum will evaluate the suitability of the submissions and invite the FDO community to discuss a shortlist. The proposer submitting the winning suggestion will receive a FREE TICKET to the FDO Forum’s upcoming First International Conference on FAIR Digital Objects in Leiden, The Netherlands, 26-28 October. There is no guarantee that the chosen term will become widely accepted, but the FDO Forum will do its best to disseminate the term and share it with its collaborative partners.

You may submit as many suggestions (in English) as your creativity allows by submitting the form below. Submissions must be received by the end of the day on 30 April.


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Suggestions Received

Suggestion 1AcronymSuggestion 2AcronymCommentsRecNo
2022-03-16 12:30:59PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deGlobal Integrated Data SpaceGIDSGlobal Integrated Data domainGIDD, GID2not satisfying since not a catch term and since the term space is already used by others with specific connotationsAccepted5232394594128780040001WAARtina
2022-03-16 18:46:56IDSAssociationinfo@internationaldataspaces.orgInternational Data SpaceIDSsuggested by a large industrial consortium associated with some restrictions; global might be better than international, as international sounds like limited to certain countries, global for sure integrates everybody in the world.Accepted5232620164121550247002WAARtina
2022-03-17 07:10:42GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Data IntegrateFDIIt includes the term FAIR which is important.Accepted5233066414226348556003WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:47:35KarstenPeters-von Gehlenpeters@dkrz.deData UnlimitedDUenvisions the possibilitiesAccepted5234060554128257599004WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:50:09BobHanischrobert.hanisch@nist.govInternational, Interoperable, Integrated DataI3Dthree-dimensions of the data space, both I-3 and 3-D. I'd probably write the 3 as a superscript. Maybe not. global might be better than international, as international sounds like it's limited to certain countries, global for sure integrates everybody in the world.Accepted5234062094124452109005WAARtina
2022-03-18 10:52:55IvonneAndersanders@dkrz.deGlobal Integrated Data StructureGIDSUnited Global Integrated Data SpacesUGIDSbased on proposer #1.Accepted5234063754125633128006WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:04:52IvonneAndersanders@dkrz.deGlobal Data SystemGDSAccepted5234070924123571554007WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:10:36ChristopheBlanchicblanchi@dona.netInteroperable Data FabricIDFData Fabric is a term used to reference distributed/cloud IT architectures. It is neutral as to its context and extent and focuses on interoperability as its core tenet.Accepted5234074364126202173008WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:19:13GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Digital IntegrateFAIR.DI, FDIThe term FAIR should be in the name.Accepted5234079534124802168009WAARtina
2022-03-18 11:22:37GeorgeStrawngostrawn@gmail.comFAIR Digital InteroperateFDIOSI was the internet competitor in the 80-90s. O was for open, S was for systems, and I was for interconnect. Now we know that fair is better than just open, and we’re talking about data not systems. And our goal is still to interconnect—fair data, not open systems. Moreover, this name contains F for fair, the most popular acronym of all time.Accepted5234081574129218223010WAARtina
2022-03-18 14:20:35MaggieHellströmmargareta.hellstrom@nateko.lu.seIntegrated Digital Object space (that is fully) FAIRInDOsFAIRFAIR digital object DomainFAIRdomInterweb of FAIR Digital ObjectsInterFAIRI've tried to come up with acronyms that are easy to pronounce, regardless of the native language of the speaker. I think that quality may be more important than the acronym closely representing a specific phrase - this explanation or meaning can always be explained in an accompanying sentence.Accepted5234188357997127296011WAARtina
2022-03-18 17:29:21StuartChalkschalk@unf.eduglobally organized online data spaceGOOD SpaceWe can say we are in a "GOOD space" with our data... At a stretch you could also say we are dealing in FAIR GOODs...Accepted5234301618217249581012WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:28:57PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR Digital Object DomainFAIR.DODBased on Record 9Accepted5235633374121587538013WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:31:02PeterWittenburgPeter.Wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR Digital Object SpaceFAIR.DOSBased on Record 9. Commenter 1 argues why not FDOS instead as acronym; Commenter 2 says, there is a nice progression: Internet --> Web --> SpaceAccepted5235634624129896602014WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:33:24PeterWittenburgpeter.wittenburg@mpcdf.mpg.deFAIR DataverseFDVThe term dataverse is already being occupied by a db company, verse is currently a hype termAccepted5235636044128464244015WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:36:11ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb of FAIR Data and ServicesWFDSis the next layer of the internet, above WWW (so Internet-->WWW-->WFDS); is there a preference for "network" versus "web"?Accepted5235637704123077372017WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:37:24ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWorld Wide FAIR WebWWFWWorld Wide Web of FAIR Digital ObjectsWWWFDOAccepted5235638444121117457018WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:39:52ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgFAIR WebFWFAIR Digital Object WebFDOWAccepted5235639924121487096019WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:45:54ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb of FAIR Digital ObjectsWFDOInternet for Machines / Internet of MachinesIMIM: stress the automated, machine-actionable elementsAccepted5235643544126627492020WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:48:42ErikSchulteserik.schultes@go-fair.orgWeb for Machines / Web of MachinesWMWorld Wide Web for Machines / World Wide Web of MachinesWWWMstress the automated, machine-actionable elementsAccepted5235645224124345491021WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:52:41MerretBuurmanbuurman@dkrz.deData Conversation CircleDCC, DConfdos in conversationFC or FDOCLess descriptive, less serious (and less on-point). But sounds a bit as if it was conversation *about* data, while it's meant to mean a conversation *between* data [objects]...Accepted5235647614124126836022WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:54:07MerretBuurmanbuurman@dkrz.dechattering data, chattering objects, (chattering FDOs?), ((data gossip ???)CD ChatDEven less descriptive 🙂Accepted5235648474128586880023WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:56:08YannLe Francylefranc@esciencefactory.comDatanetDatanetWeb of DataWoDDatanet: Data Network (should include data and data related services)Accepted5235649684127059563024WAARtina
2022-03-20 06:58:06KlaasWierengaKlaas.wierenga@geant.orgGlobal Repository of Integrated DataGRIDI think Grid is long enough dead to recycle 😉Accepted5235650864129098146025WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:00:16FidanLimanif.limani@zbw.euUniversal FAIR ResourcesU FAIRThe term mimicks that of the URI/URL, and it stresses the fact that these are self-contained, universally addressable (Digital Object) resources.Accepted5235652164127306874026WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:01:42FidanLimanif.limani@zbw.euThe Universal FAIR DomainU FAIR Domain?Similar to the previous version, but this time considering the "domain" aspectAccepted5235653024121612867027WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:03:22RobQuickfquick@iu.eduWeb of Interoperable Digital ObjectsWIDOAccepted5235654024124980147028WAARtina
2022-03-20 07:26:30MaggieHellströmmargareta.hellstrom@nateko.lu.seInterweb of FAIR Digital ObjectsInterFAIRsee comment Rec# 11Accepted5235667904124717081029WAARtina
2022-03-21 09:17:52jcburgelmanjean-claude.burgelman@vub.beIDwebinernational data webit needs to be international its about data (and ideas ) it remains a webAccepted5236598717815247984030WAARtina
2022-03-21 15:12:24KoenraadDe Smedtdesmedt@uib.noInterdataThe InterdataFAIR Digital Object TrustThe TrustNo acronyms, but short and colloquial formsAccepted5236811442285530217031WAARtina
2022-03-23 15:14:15MaggieHellströmmargareta.hellstrom@nateko.lu.seThe universal FAIR digital object spaceUniFAIRseA term that encompasses everything that is needed to manage, store and process FAIR digital objects 🙂Accepted5238540559318282451032WAARtina
2022-04-21 13:58:40UlrichSchwardmannuschwar1@gwdg.deFAIR Data GridFDGFAIR Digital Object GridFDOGThe term GRID was mainly used for techniques to overcome institutional silos some years ago. It focused mainly on computation and service access. But the idea to overcome silos also perhaps even more valid for data. FDOs represent both: FAIRness and a universal and generic approach to access data. They provide a FAIR Data Grid.Accepted5263515125854967241033WAARtina
2022-05-12 23:46:54KathrynKnightknight.kathryn@gmail.comBuilding an Integrated Network of Global ObjectsBINGOAccepted5282012145116637066034WAARtina
2022-05-12 23:48:18KathrynKnightknight.kathryn@gmail.comGlobal Objects, Open DataGOODAccepted5282012985112834679035WAARtina
2022-05-19 17:47:42Bonnie cCarrollbcarrolltn@gmail.comWorld BrainWorld BrainThis is a term that was used before its time but maybe the time is right today. Need to see if there may be a trademark. This gets to the connection of all FDOs like neurological connections and becomes the basis of a knowledge brain.HG Wells used the term in a book: https://www.google.com/books/edition/World_Brain/YtIQDQAAQBAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&printsec=frontcoverAccepted5287844627111321661036WAARtina
2022-05-25 22:44:50PeterCarrpjc@me.comworld wide web of dataw3dIt's the world wide web of data! A natural extension of the world wide web.Accepted5293206907918126094038WAARtina
2022-06-10 11:12:49Martin ThomasHorschmartin.thomas.horsch@nmbu.norelated reusable resourcesRRRThe suggestion is to use RRR as a recognizable analogy to WWW. There are various ways to implement this. One R might be "resource", one could come from FAIR, and one might be "relation" or similar as in "edge in a knowledge graph". Now a common thought when looking for a FDO may be, I have some problem and "I am looking for related reusable resources". Where would you look? On the RRR. Therefore I recommend "Related Reusable Resources".Accepted5306615693429393113039WAARtina
2022-06-30 15:02:17FranckCottonfranck.cotton@insee.frFAIR SpaceFSFAIR GroundFGFirst suggestion is a pun on "Airspace". Could also be FAIR Space One... Second suggestion is a reference to "Fairground" (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fairground)Accepted5324033375919677293040WAARtina
2022-07-15 22:12:15TinaLootina.loo@naturalis.nlThe FabricThe Fab, The FabricAt the point that this term will become widely used, FAIR will have become a standard for interoperability so it will not be relevant for FAIR to be part of the name. The Fabric represents the interwoven, interconnected nature of a cohesive whole.Accepted5337251354124635868041WAARtina

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