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Experts advocate Open Science to European Parliament

Finnish Member of the European Parliament Henna Virkkunen and Scottish Member of the European Parliament Catherine Stihler  hosted a meeting on open innovation, open scholarship and open infrastructures. The RDA Europe website has published an extensive report on the meeting. At the meeting three  experts, John Wood - Association of Commonwealth Universities, Sandra Collins - National Library of Ireland and Kimmo Koski - Finnish IT Center for Science, called for a set of actions and interventions from the European Parliament in order to support more jobs for Europe, improve democracy and citizen power and exploit innovation. Also other experts were present, including e-IRG chair Sverker Holmgren.

The clear and decisive request to the European Parliament was to take the following measures:

  1. Review and modernise copyright: Europe needs a copyright exception for text and data mining. Data protection and copyright should not create barriers to open science and research.
  2. Support a code of conduct for ethical data practice that would build trust in data research.
  3. Ensure that skills in data processing and data management are sufficiently supported in the DSM: Europe needs skills education on all levels, across all scientific fields. Teachers need to be educated as well.
  4. Ensure sustainable funding: Making sure Horizon 2020 is successful and working, and creating new funding models for open science infrastructures (through e.g. structural funding) and venture funding to support business exploiting open science.
  5. Support a code of conduct for e-Infrastructure service providers, aiming at creating trust between ICT and research in building user-driven, interoperable services that build upon existing e-Infrastructures, e.g. in the emerging European Open Science Cloud for Research.
  6. Enable seamless access for researchers to research infrastructures.
  7. Support promotion and adoption of common standards and protocols for all resources and digital services.
  8. Acknowledge the importance of exploring the societal impact and implications of the Digital Single Market, in order to further exploit the potential of innovation, and to identify challenges and risks, and to find best ways to tackle them.

A full report, including the statements of the three presenting experts can be found on the RDA Europe website.