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Open Science

Open Science aims at transforming science through ICT tools, networks and media, to make research more open, global, collaborative, creative and closer to society.

Open science is about the way research is carried out, disseminated, deployed and transformed by digital tools, networks and media. It relies on the combined effects of technological development and cultural change towards collaboration and openness in research.

Open science makes scientific processes more efficient, transparent and effective by offering new tools for scientific collaboration, experiments and analysis and by making scientific knowledge more easily accessible.

The European strategy

The European Commission has launched the "European Cloud Initiative - Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe" to endorse Open science. It will enable researchers to process the huge amounts of scientific data generated by research and to share their scientific results while improving access to knowledge and thus, innovation.

The initiative will bring supercomputing and data sharing to 1.7 million researchers and 70 million science and technology professionals in Europe through a virtual environment for the storage, management, analysis and re-use of data linked to their research. The Cloud will work accross borders and scientific disciplines, allowing researchers to reap the full benefit of data-driven science.

Achieving the objectives of the Digital Single Market Strategy and leading the way towards Open science requires that efforts on scientific data sharing, HPC and on Cloud are combined and reinforced through a European Data Infrastructure. This infrastructure will foster the delivery of innovative services by facilitating the collaboration between scientists and industry (including SMEs) and the public sector.

The European Cloud initiative complements other policies and funding measures on Open science:

  • Policies and supporting infrastructures for Open access to scientific information
  • Developing e-infrastructures and related policies for support of research and science in European Commission
  • Promoting research projects under Horizon 2020 to benefit from Digital Science approaches, and to contribute to Digital science development where appropriate
  • Developing Global Systems Science to provide scientific evidence in support of policies and to assist policy makers and civic society to collectively engage in societal action
  • ICT & ART

More information

Read more about Open Science in the Concept paper.

Other relevant related initiatives, considering the ICT-triggered changes in the invididuals and society include:

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Last updated on 19/04/2016 - 11:03


Thierry Van Der Pyl's picture
Over the years I witnessed with great interest the phenomenal development of federated wifi access through eduroam. In relation to the recent announcement of the one billion connections to eduroam, I am thrilled about this new achievement that firmly establishes GÉANT - made up of the European and national research and education networks (NRENs) – as a key eco-system for federated solutions supporting science in Europe.
John Magan's picture
Managing the flood of accessible research and public data and using it for the good of everybody offers major challenges but also huge potential benefits. How can we transform the new ways of doing science into successful innovation?
Ralph Dum's picture
Ralph DUM
Will work handled by robots, information on cities and citizens gathered and analysed by intelligent networks and autonomous cars and drones that deliver goods and transport citizens change the notion of what we call 'city'?
John Magan's picture
Giving citizens a greater role in science can deliver the vision of "science for the people, by the people" for Europe.
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