Open Science

This is the ongoing transition in how research is performed and how knowledge is shared. News, events, publications related to Open Science


Six Recommendations for Implementation of FAIR Practice of the FAIR in Practice Task Force of the European Open Science Cloud FAIR Working Group

This report analyses the state of FAIR practices within diverse research communities and FAIR-related policies in different countries and offers six practical recommendations on how FAIR can be turned into practice. These recommendations are aimed primarily at decision making entities of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), as well as research funders.

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A Persistent Identifier (PID) policy for the European Open Science Cloud by the FAIR and Architecture Working Groups

This Persistent Identifier (PID) policy is written for senior decision makers within potential EOSC service and infrastructure providers, and will be of interest to all EOSC stakeholders. It defines a set of expectations about what persistent identifiers will be used to support a functioning environment of FAIR research.

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Final Report of the Open Science Policy Platform

This final report of the EU Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) provides a brief overview of its four-year mandate from 2016 to 2020, followed by an update on progress by each stakeholder group over the past two years.

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European Commission awards contract for setting up an open access publishing platform

The European Commission has awarded a contract for the setting up of an open access publishing platform for scientific articles as a free service for Horizon 2020 beneficiaries. The launch of the ambitious EU open access initiative is planned for early 2021.

The platform will be a peer-reviewed publishing service to support Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe beneficiaries to publish their research in open access free of charge.


Open Science, Open Data, and Open Scholarship: European Policies to Make Science Fit for the Twenty-First Century

Open science will make science more efficient, reliable, and responsive to societal challenges. The European Commission has sought to advance open science policy from its inception in a holistic and integrated way, covering all aspects of the research cycle from scientific discovery and review to sharing knowledge, publishing, and outreach. Jean-Claude Burgelman et al present in this publication the steps taken with a forward-looking perspective on the challenges laying ahead, in particular the necessary change of the rewards and incentives system for researchers (for which various actors are co-responsible and which goes beyond the mandate of the European Commission). Finally, we discuss the role of artificial intelligence (AI) within an open science perspective.


EU could save €10.2 billion per year by using FAIR data. Which funding and business models can make FAIR data sustainable?

The European Commission has published two reports based on the study "Cost-benefit analysis of FAIR research data", which was conducted for the Commission by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The report Cost of not having FAIR research data aims to provide an estimate for the EU economy based on a series of indicators extracted from previous studies and analysed via interviews with subject matter experts. Using quantitative methodology and very conservative assumptions, the analysis shows that the minimum cost for the EU is €10.2 billion per year, which will increase over the years if we do not take action.

The report Policy recommendations provides evidence to decision makers for setting up short- and long-term actions pertinent to the practical implementation of FAIR principles. It formulates 36 policy recommendations for cost-effective funding and business models to make the FAIR data model sustainable.

The reports are intended primarily for policymakers and research-funding organisations that have already started to invest in the implementation of the FAIR principles. The guidance provided in them will ensure the sustainable financing of FAIR model implementation in the context of the European Open Science Cloud.


New report of the expert group on the future of scholarly publishing and scholarly communication

The report proposes a vision with researchers at its centre and considers knowledge and understanding created by researchers as public goods. It examines the roles of the main actors in the system and puts forward recommendations addressed to each of them. research evaluation is viewed as a cornerstone of scholarly communication, affecting all actors, as well as the primary focus for improvement in view of implementing the proposed vision.


Appointments of members of the expert group the Executive board of the EOSC

An independent Identification Committee, as foreseen in Decision C(2018) 5552, have selected a shortlist of individual experts and organisations from the list of applications received.


The reports "Prompting an EOSC in practice" and "Turning FAIR into reality" have been published

In the perspective of the launch of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) implementation phase 2018-2020, two important reports are being published by the Commission that constitute major sources of strategic orientations and concrete actions for the new EOSC governance structure: