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Results of the consultation on Open Research Data

Open enquiry is at the heart of scientific endeavour, and rapid technological change has profound implications for the way in which science is conducted and communicated. Research is being transformed in particular by the increasing availability of digital data and new technologies for gathering, processing and generating digital resources.

In the Communication 'Towards better access to scientific information', the Commission announces that it will 'provide a framework and encourage open access to research data in Horizon 2020, taking into account any restrictions that may be needed in order to protect intellectual property or legitimate commercial interests'.

On 2nd of July 2013, the EC held a one-day public consultation on open research data in Brussels to obtain the input of all concerned stakeholders on this important and sensitive issue. Attendees included stakeholders from the research and publishing communities, as well as libraries, universities and industry representatives. The outcomes of the consultation will help the Commission to develop its policies on open research data.

Key questions addressed

  • How can we define research data?
  • How should the issue of data re-use be addressed?
  • When and how does openness need to be limited?
  • Where should research data be stored and made accessible?
  • How can we enhance data awareness and a culture of sharing?

Key documents