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Joint Response Released to UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science

 Joint Response Released to UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science

UNESCO has 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.

The first step of the UNESCO process was an online consulation with stakeholders through a survey designed to collect inputs for the development of the Recommendation on Open Science. A joint response to the survey—Open Science for a Global Transformation—from a number of data and information organizations was submitted to UNESCO on 15 June and, following minor editorial adjustments, is now published here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461

The response was prepared by an expert group including representatives from WDS, ISC Committee on Data (CODATA; WDS Associate Member), Global Open FAIR (GO FAIR) and the International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (WDS Associate Member). These global data and information organizations have responsibilities for policy advice and promoting collaborations in relation to data and information; they are advocates of Open Science and are convinced of its necessity and benefits.

The expert group is now preparing an essay for the Data Science Journal, to present the ‘Open Science for a Global Transformation’ to the wider community and to call for further discussion and input.

Global Consultations on Open Science

To build a global consensus on Open Science, the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science relies on an inclusive, transparent, and consultative process involving all countries and all stakeholders.

The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science, and point to concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data with proposals for action to bring citizens closer to science, and commitments for a better distribution and production of science in the world.

The process of drafting the Recommendation is regionally balanced, highly inclusive and collaborative. It involves multiple stakeholders and is expected to lead to the adoption of the Recommendation by UNESCO Member States in 2021.

In developing the Open Science Recommendation, UNESCO is gathering inputs from all the regions and all the interested stakeholders, through online consultations, regional and thematic meetings and numerous debates on implications, benefits and challenges of Open Science across the globe.

Thematic and Regional Meetings

UNESCO will hold a series of online and face to face consultations to support an open debate on Open Science awareness, understanding and policy development to feed into the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. In this context, a series of regional and thematic consultations are being organized.

For more information, contact at openscience[at]unesco[dot]org.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will complement the 2017 Recommendation on Science and Scientific Research. It will also build upon the UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to Scientific Information and Research and the new UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources.