Open Science

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


Call for applications for the selection of members of the expert group - Executive board of the EOSC

The Commission decision, C(2018) 5552, adopted on 27 August launches the Executive board for the EOSC as a formal expert group of the Commission.

The expert group will assist the Commission in the first phase of development of the EOSC until end of 2020, and will help to prepare the transition to the second phase of development of the EOSC.


The report of the National Points of Reference (NPR report) has been published

The report, published in June 2018, consolidates and presents the information reported by Member States in 2017 regarding their progress in implementing the 2012 Recommendation on open access to and preservation of scientific information for the period 2014-2016. The report shows that Member States are consistently working on open access to and preservation of scientific information, albeit with varying levels of intensity. Overall, quantitative and qualitative input provided by Member States suggests that open access and open science are consistently included in national research agendas in the EU.


The EOSC Summit 2018 – highlights of the event

Photo Jean-David Malo, Thomas Skordas, Kurt Vandenberghe, Karina Angelieva, Jean-Eric Paquet, Roberto Viola, Michał Boni at the EOSC Summit

At the EOSC Summit – From Vision to Implementation, many prominent players and related constituencies were represented and engaged in a fervent debate around the future of EOSC. The EOSC Summit 2018 brought together 180 key players for the implementation of the EOSC, representing all categories and scientific fields. Fifteen research funders and about thirty officials attended from ministries of Member States and Associate Countries. What is more, the Summit reached much further than Brussels; about 500 people watched the web stream of the event, 109 simultaneously at one point, from all over the globe.

The Summit aimed at taking stock on progress and achievements towards the EOSC, a year on since the 2017 Summit, while allowing participants to share information on relevant activities and commitments and to reflect on the next steps of the implementation. With a view to providing input for the future EOSC governance and set up, a stakeholder consultation on the draft ‘Rules of Participation of EOSC' and on the draft 'FAIR Data Action Plan' was launched.


The Recommendation on access to and preservation to scientific information has been revised and is now available in all EU languages

The 2012 Recommendation on access to and preservation of scientific information (2012/417/EU) was part of a package that outlined measures to improve access to scientific information produced in Europe and to bring them in line with the Commission's own policy for Horizon 2020. Although still considered a very valuable and impactful tool for policymaking, the Recommendation has been revised in the context of the recast of the Public Sector Information Directive (PSI) to reflect developments in practices and policies in open science and in view of the preparation of the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Horizon Europe).

The new Recommendation C(2018)2375, adopted on April 25th 2018, now explicitly reflects developments in areas such as research data management (including the concept of FAIR data i.e. data that is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable), Text and Data Mining (TDM) and technical standards that enable re-use incentive schemes. It reflects ongoing developments at the EU level of the European Open Science Cloud, and it more accurately takes into account the increased capacity of data analytics of today and its role in research. It also clearly identifies as two separate points the issue of reward systems for researchers to share data and commit to other open science practices on the one hand, and skills and competences of researchers and staff from research institutions on the other hand.


Final report of the working group on ‘Skills’ is available

The report called "Providing researchers with the skills and competencies they need to practice Open Science" is rooted in the policy for researcher career development and (like the Rewards report) closely linked with ERA Priority 3, an Open Labour Market for Researchers.

In the report the working group defined Open Science skills needs for researchers in order for skilled talent to be able to publish under Open Access, to manage (open)data, to conduct professional research and engage with citizen science. From the results of an Open Science survey conducted among Researchers at all career stages, an overview of the current Open Science skills provision landscape is given.

On top, a European Skills and Qualifications Matrix for Open Science is proposed, highlighting the importance of introducing and integrating (accredited) skills training for researchers at all career stages.

The importance of embedding Open Science in ERA policy is treated and the specific cases of the Innovative Doctoral Training Principles and the European Framework for Research Careers are presented.

The report will be discussed at the Open Science Policy Platform meeting on 13 October 2017.


Final report of the working group on ‘Rewards’ is available

The approach of the working group is firmly rooted in the context of researcher career development and closely linked with ERA Priority 3, an Open Labour Market for Researchers. The report provides information on OS in relation to ERA policy, researcher assessment and career framework, describing different aspects of OS, including Open data, Open Peer Review and Citizen science. The limitations of the current recognition and reward process are presented, with suggestions on how to alleviate these and how new paradigms can be envisioned and implemented.

An illustration of taking a comprehensive approach to researcher assessment using the Open Science Career Assessment Matrix (OS-CAM) that recognises OS is developed. There is a brief analysis of the ERA partnership policies and how OS can be promoted through the Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).

The report will be discussed at the Open Science Policy Platform meeting on 13 October 2017.