[CODATA-international] UNESCO Global Consultations on Open Science

Mwitondi, Kassim K.Mwitondi at shu.ac.uk
Thu Apr 30 06:04:10 EDT 2020

I had exactly the same concern, Florian. The solution could be to drop the two unidirectional arrows and add arrows to the triangle in a clockwise direction. There are many other alternatives to graphically present the general framework that challenges trigger problems/questions, then based on available data and knowledge we devise models/solutions which feed into our decision making systems. At some point these models/solutions become obsolete as new data attributes and knowledge arrive, entailing novel approaches. Such is the iterative cycle of scientific enhancement. Best wishes and stay safe.


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Dear Paul, dear all,

just a quick shot observation from one of the silent listeners on this channel...

What I am missing on the illustration is the recognition of the importance of feedback in this context.

The pyramid and the one-way arrows make it look very linear / one-directional, which likely falls short.

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Hi Geoffrey,

For the report to UNESCO, in view of open science contributing to informed decisions – which operate across a ‘continuum of urgencies’ short-term to long-term – it may be helpful to consider the methodology of informed decisionmaking (following figure):

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The above methodology with associated skills and theory of informed decisionmaking evolved from 2016 discussions with INGSA<https://sites.tufts.edu/sciencediplomacy/files/2019/02/Synthesis_1.pdf> and were introduced Science<https://science.sciencemag.org/content/358/6363/596> with subsequent elaboration.  Informed decisionmaking is now being trained with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as well as with national diplomatic academies, triangulating education, research and leadership with lifelong learning in support of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization goals.

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Note that ISC is producing a major paper for UNESCO on this topic. It would be sensible at a later stage to have a conversation between ISC and CODATA about how each might add complementary value. It might even be worth thinking about sending inputs from them in together, with some linking text.


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On 29 Apr 2020, at 18:17, Asha CODATA <asha at codata.org<mailto:asha at codata.org>> wrote:

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UNESCO has launched a global consultation on Open Science https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science/consultation 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.

CODATA has been invited to contribute to this process, to provide inputs from the organisation and to mobilise our global expert community.

H3: 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.

H3 Online Consultation

Are you a scientist, a publisher, a science policy maker or someone with experience and interest in Open Science? Your input is important to the UNESCO process.

Please participate in the survey designed to collect inputs for the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.  The survey may be completed (in English, French or Spanish) either online or downloading documents to be returned to the UNESCO team at openscience at unesco.org<mailto:openscience at unesco.org>

For all links and further information please see the page on the UNESCO website: https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science/consultation

The deadline for submitting inputs is 15 June 2020.

H3 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 see the page on the UNESCO website or contact the UNESCO team at openscience at unesco.org<mailto:openscience at unesco.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.

For further information and useful links please see the page on the UNESCO website: https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science/consultation




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