[CODATA-international] The Beijing Declaration on Research Data

Katja Mayer katja.mayer at univie.ac.at
Tue Nov 12 05:37:29 EST 2019

Dear Asha,

Thanks for sharing the declaration. It is a great document and a very 
valuable knowledge resource. Since I am currently preparing a workshop 
on science diplomacy for diplomats with the special focus on Open 
Science and data sharing for Global Health, and I would like to use the 
declaration there, I was wondering, what the next steps are. How is the 
declaration going to be used?

With best regards

Katja Mayer

Am 08.11.2019 um 09:55 schrieb Asha CODATA:
> Grand challenges related to the environment, human health, and 
> sustainability confront science and society. Understanding 
> and mitigating these challenges in a rapidly changing environment 
> require data[1] to be FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and 
> Reusable) and as open as possible on a global basis. Scientific 
> discovery must not be impeded unnecessarily by fragmented and closed 
> systems, and the stewardship of research data should avoid defaulting 
> to the traditional, proprietary approach of scholarly 
> publishing. Therefore, the adoption of new policies and principles, 
> coordinated and implemented globally, is necessary for research data 
> and the associated infrastructures, tools, services, and practices. 
> The time to act on the basis of solid policies for research data is now.
> The Beijing Declaration is intended as a timely statement of core 
> principles to encourage global cooperation, especially for public 
> research data. It builds on and acknowledges the many national and 
> international efforts that have been undertaken in the policy and 
> technical spheres on a worldwide basis.  These major contributions are 
> listed in the Appendix.
>  Several emergent global trends justify and precipitate this 
> declaration of principles:
>   * Massive global challenges require multilateral and
>     cross-disciplinary cooperation and the broad reuse of data
>     to improve coherence concerning recent UN landmark agreements,
>     such as the Paris Climate Agreement, the Sendai Framework for
>     Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),
>     the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Plant Treaty, the
>     World Humanitarian Summit, and others. The comprehensive
>     agendas for action provided by these agreements requires access to
>     and reuse of all kinds of data.
>   * Research and problem-solving, especially addressing the SDG
>     challenges, are increasingly complex and driven by ‘big data’,
>     resulting in the need to combine and reuse very diverse data
>     resources across multiple fields. This poses an enormous challenge
>     in the interoperability of data and responsible stewardship, with
>     full respect for privacy.
>   * Rapid advances in the technologies that generate and analyze data
>     pose major challenges concerning data
>     volume, harmonization, management, sharing, and reuse. At the same
>     time, emerging technologies (including machine learning) offer new
>     opportunities that require access to reusable data available in
>     distributed, yet interoperable, international data resources.
>   * Changing norms and ethics encourage high-quality research through
>     greater transparency, promote the reuse of data, and
>     improve trustworthiness through the production of verifiable and
>     reproducible research results. Increasing the openness of research
>     data is efficient, improving the public return on investment, and
>     generating positive externalities.
>   * Open Science initiatives are emerging globally, including in less
>     economically developed countries. There consequently
>     are opportunities for these countries to take advantage of
>     technological developments to develop a greater share in
>     scientific production. Without determined action, there is also a
>     risk that the divide in scientific production will widen.
> In September 2019, CODATA and its Data Policy Committee convened in 
> Beijing to discuss current data policy issues and developed a set of 
> data policies adapted to the new Open Science paradigm. The 
> Declaration proposed below is the result of that meeting and is now 
> put forward for public review.
> *The Beijing Declaration on Research Data read here 
> <http://www.codata.org/uploads/Beijing%20Declaration-19-11-07-FINAL.pdf> - 
> Attached.
> *
> [1] In the attached document we deliberately use the word data very 
> broadly, to comprise data (stricto sensu) and the ecosystem of digital 
> things that relate to data, including metadata, software 
> and algorithms, as well as physical samples and analogue artefacts 
> (and the digital representations and metadata relating to these things).
> Thanks,
> Asha
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Dr. Katja Mayer
Dept Science and Technology Studies
University of Vienna
katja.mayer at univie.ac.at
+43 1 4277 49612

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