Open Science and international cooperation are top policy priorities for Carlos Moedas, the European Commissioner for research, science and innovation.
A draft of the European Open Science Agenda was published earlier this year identifying five broad lines of actions:
This was later followed by an EC Communication on the European Cloud Initiative explaining the idea of the European Open Science Cloud and by the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reuseable) data management guidelines for Horizon 2020 projects.
2016 has definitely been an intense year for Open Science in Europe. Developing Open Science policies is a continuous effort and to foster their implementation, the Commission established the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP), a group of 25 experts from different stakeholder categories collaborating with the EC to codevelop an Open Science Policy Agenda for Europe. I will represent the EGI community at the OSPP.
EGI embedded Open Science at the core of its strategy and is committed to its development. For instance, our flagship H2020 project EGI-Engage was designed as an instrument to contribute to the implementation of an Open Science Commons. EGI is clearly aligned with the intent of the EC, with a particular focus on digital infrastructures for compute-/data-intensive research and collaboration. The OSPP group, chaired by Johannes Vogel, met for the first time on 19 September in Brussels. The inaugural meeting was mainly devoted to team building, defining the working modalities and setting the scope and actions. Commissioner Moedas also addressed the meeting in a round table with questions related to the development of new business models for open access publications, making Open Data ‘FAIR’ and fostering scientific integrity.
The next meeting is scheduled for 9 December and will focus on the European Open Science Cloud: a federated, globally accessible environment where researchers, innovators, companies and citizens can publish, find and re-use each other’s data and tools for research, innovation and educational purposes. Many building blocks are already available in Europe and the goal is to turn them into a collaborative ecosystem able to support the participatory production and dissemination of knowledge.
As a member of the OSPP, I aim to bring the voice and position of the EGI community as inputs to the work of the platforms.
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