[CODATA-international] Open Science for a Global Transformation: CODATA-coordinated submission to the UNESCO Open Science Consultation

Asha CODATA asha at codata.org
Wed Jul 8 07:16:19 EDT 2020

UNESCO is preparing a Recommendation on Open Science
be adopted by Member States in 2021.  To contribute to this process, UNESCO
launched a global consultation
gathering inputs from all regions and all interested stakeholders, through
online consultations, regional and thematic meetings and numerous debates
on implications, benefits and challenges of Open Science across the globe.
Input via an online consultation was requested by 15 June and CODATA
<https://codata.org/> was invited by the UNESCO Open Science team to
present a detailed submission.  Following exchanges on the CODATA
International Discussion list
CODATA agreed to coordinate a joint response from a number of data and
information organisations.  That document—Open Science for a Global
Transformation <https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461>—was submitted to
UNESCO on 15 June and, following minor editorial adjustments, is now
published here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461

Open Science is best characterised as the necessary transformation of
scientific practice to adapt to the changes, challenges and opportunities
of the 21st century digital era to advance knowledge and to improve our
world. This requires changes in scientific culture, methodologies,
institutions and infrastructures. These changes are already present in many
research domains and institutions, where their transformative effects can
be witnessed, but they are unevenly distributed. One of the purposes of
Open Science viewed as a call for transformation, is to ensure that ‘no-one
is left behind’.

Open Science for a Global Transformation
<https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461> was prepared by an expert group,
coordinated by CODATA <https://codata.org/> and including representatives
from the ISC World Data System (WDS) <https://www.icsu-wds.org/>, GO FAIR
<https://www.go-fair.org/> and the International Council for Scientific and
Technical Information (ICSTI) <http://www.icsti.org/>  These global data
and information organisations 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 organisations believe—fundamentally—that it is important to win hearts
and minds, to significantly transform science policy and practice, in order
to facilitate the application of the technologies and methodologies
associated with Open Science to improve our world and address global
challenges. Open Science requires policy interventions and investments to
ensure equitable participation and access to its benefits and to mitigate
some negative consequences. The perspective brought by these organisations
lays particular emphasis on maximising appropriate access to (re-)usable

The Expert Group comprised:

   - Paul Arthur Berkman, Founding Director, Science Diplomacy Center,
   Professor of Practice in Science Diplomacy, Fletcher School of Law and
   Diplomacy, Tufts University; Associated Fellow,  United Nations Institute
   for Training and Research (UNITAR); Member of the CODATA Data Policy
   - Jan Brase, head of the Research and Development at the State and
   University Library, Göttingen; President of ICSTI.
   - Richard Hartshorn, Professor, School of Physical and Chemical
   Sciences, University of Canterbury; Secretary General of the International
   Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry; member of the CODATA Executive
   - Simon Hodson, Executive Director, CODATA.
   - Wim Hugo, Director of Strategy, ISC World Data System.
   - Sabina Leonelli, Turing Fellow and Professor in Philosophy and History
   of Science, University of Exeter.
   - Barend Mons, Professor in Biosemantics, Leiden University Medical
   Center; President of CODATA; Director GO FAIR International Support and
   Coordination Office.
   - Hana Pergl, Operations Manager, CODATA.
   - Hans Pfeiffenberger, Consultant, scientific data infrastructures and
   policies, Member of the CODATA Data Policy Committee, founder and member of
   the advisory board of Earth Systems Science Data.

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.  The group is also
preparing a related summary of current lessons learnt and implications for
Open Science from the COVID-19 pandemic.

*CODATA Executive Director, Appointed to UNESCO Open Science Advisory
Finally, Simon Hodson, CODATA Executive Director
<https://codata.org/about-codata/secretariat/> has been appointed as one of
six international experts to the UNESCO Open Science Advisory Committee
will guide the consultative process leading to the Recommendation.  The
first virtual meeting of the Advisory Committee is 16-17 July.




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