STAR Criteria Recording Knowledge

Searchable. Transferable. Archiveable. These are the three attributes that are indispensable in an information storage system. 

The STAR system attempts to identify best practices and provide an objective scoring system on which to rate various forms of storage. 

Table of Contents: 

§1 Searchable, Transferable, Archivable, and Redundant


STAR was born out of my frustration with college textbooks in their various forms. 

Example Score Matrix (Simple "Yes" "No"):

FAIR criteria:   "Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable." Originally published in "FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship" in Scientific Data (2016). Learn more about preparing FAIR data for reuse and reproducibility.  (Source: Glossary of data management terms, Cornell University)


Searchable Findable

Transferable Accessible

Archivable Interoperable

Redundant Reusable

The FAIR Guiding Principles

To be Findable:

F1. (meta)data are assigned a globally unique and persistent identifier

F2. data are described with rich metadata (defined by R1 below)

F3. metadata clearly and explicitly include the identifier of the data it describes

F4. (meta)data are registered or indexed in a searchable resource

To be Accessible:

A1. (meta)data are retrievable by their identifier using a standardized communications protocol

A1.1 the protocol is open, free, and universally implementable

A1.2 the protocol allows for an authentication and authorization procedure, where necessary

A2. metadata are accessible, even when the data are no longer available

To be Interoperable:

I1. (meta)data use a formal, accessible, shared, and broadly applicable language for knowledge representation.

I2. (meta)data use vocabularies that follow FAIR principles

I3. (meta)data include qualified references to other (meta)data

To be Reusable:

R1. meta(data) are richly described with a plurality of accurate and relevant attributes

R1.1. (meta)data are released with a clear and accessible data usage license

R1.2. (meta)data are associated with detailed provenance

R1.3. (meta)data meet domain-relevant community standards


§2 Egregious Bacronyms.  

2.1 STAR for Textbooks: Searchable, Transformable, Annotatable, and Readable

2.2 STAR for Readability: Signposted, Titled, Arranged (Organized), and Relational (Linked)