[CODATA-international] The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 - "Open Science, leaving no one behind"

anatoly av at total-knowledge.com
Fri Oct 25 12:43:29 EDT 2019

That really matters what we do celebrate: "the important role of science 
in society andthe importance and relevance of science in our daily 
lives" or "Open Science" because it makes a huge difference. If we 
underscore just "the importance of science" we are purely in the 
paradigm of Enlightenment which considers science, cause and effect, 
positive perfect absolute truth to determine all areas of human culture 
and activities.

There is nothing wrong with "cause and effect thinking" except for it 
didn't help world to solve many crucial problems and  avert two world 
wars and other major catastrophes. That was one of the reasons for 
"social consciousness" to turn to "dialogical understanding" of things 
which reflects on science too. Namely, it requires modern science to 
turn to its foundations times and again, literally at every move of any 
theory development. And, when we are to think about foundations, 
different ways to look at them come to play. Thence -- dialogue as the 
paradigm of modern thinking.

The above explains, in my view, the theme of "Open Science" as an 
emerging value. The "Openness" is to be stressed here not science 
because openness as an aspect of dialogue becomes a major value in all 
areas of human culture and activities, science (just) included. We need 
to realize that.

A side note: I brought in a problem of IP here not long ago -- in 
relation to the subject of, let's say, "open data." It is not so 
difficult to infer from the above that IP is the major problem, an 
obstacle on the road to "Open Science," "Open Data," "Open Culture," and 
so forth. The scientific community is to realize that.

On 10/25/19 02:33, Suchith Anand wrote:
> Dear all,
> The World Science Day for Peace and Development 2019 will be devoted 
> to the theme of "Open Science, leaving no one behind".  Celebrated 
> every 10 November, World Science Day for Peace and Development 
> highlights the important role of science in society and  underlines 
> the importance and relevance of science in our daily lives.It also 
> underscores the role scientists play in broadening our understanding 
> of the remarkable, fragile planet we call home and in making our 
> societies more sustainable.
> Open Science is not only an issue of science being open to the 
> research community, as in “open access” and “open data”, but refers to 
> a science open to society.  In spite of the progress made in recent 
> years, we are still witnessing great disparities across and within 
> different regions and different countries when it comes to accessing 
> science, technology and innovation (STI) and enjoying their benefits. 
> To address these disparities and close the existing STI gaps, Open 
> Science is an important step in the right direction. Details at 
> https://en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldscienceday
> Scientists can play a key role in helping advance this. I can give one 
> small example. 6 years ago  (November 2013), I was invited to join 
> the  European Union scientific delegation to Australia for meetings 
> and workshop at the Australian Academy of Science [1] in Canberra.
> One of the key official outcomes of the EU-Australia meeting was the 
> establishment an Open Source GeoscienceLaboratory at the  University 
> of Melbourne with linked laboratories across Australia and New 
> Zealand. Details at
> https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/third_european_australian_workshop_on_research_infrastructure_communique_final_16_dec.pdf
> That was the humble start of the first Open Source Geospatial Lab at 
> the University of Melbourne. I am grateful to colleagues at the 
> University of Melbourne for making this possible Details at 
> http://spatial.unimelb.edu.au/engagement/ica-osgeo-laboratory/
> I am requestingall colleagues who are part of key international 
> scientific organisations like the International Science Council to 
> support Open Scienceand use the opportunity to work for establishing 
> dedicated Research Centres for Open Science (with focus on 
> geoeducation ) globally, so we ensure geoeducation and digital economy 
> opportunities for all.
> Let us embrace open science as a tool for making science more 
> accessible, scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of 
> science more readily available for all.
> The best gift to give is a gift of useful knowledge.
> Best wishes,
> Suchith
> Dr. Suchith Anand
> Chief Scientist
> Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition
> https://www.godan.info <https://www.godan.info/>
> [1] https://docs.education.gov.au/node/35299
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