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First Draft of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

First Draft of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

UNESCO launched a Global Consultation on Open Science with a view to developing a standard-setting instrument in the form of a Recommendation, to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2021. The World Data System of the International Science Council has been invited to contribute to this process, and to provide both inputs as an organization, and from the WDS community of experts worldwide.

Following an extensive global consultation, UNESCO’s Director General submitted the first draft of the future UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science to its 193 Member States for their comments. This was a major step in facilitating international cooperation and universal access to scientific knowledge in line with the decision taken by the UNESCO Member States at the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference.

With the guidance of the 30-member Advisory Committee on Open Science, the first draft Recommendation was developed based on the wealth of perspectives, proposals, and expectations that emerged from a global survey and a series of regional and thematic consultations with different Open Science actors from around the world.

Valuable insights from UNESCO Partners are reflected in the first draft of the Recommendation, including those from a joint response to the survey—Open Science for a Global Transformation—from an expert group including representatives from WDS, ISC Committee on Data (WDS Associate Member), Global Open FAIR, and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (WDS Associate Member).

The WDS community is encouraged to send comments on this first draft to openscience[at]unesco[dot]org by 31 December 2020. The second draft will be circulated in March 2021 for subsequent negotiation by the UNESCO Member States, who are scheduled to adopt the final draft at the next UNESCO General Conference in November 2021.