Parallel session 14.30 - 16.15

The path to Open Science

Over the past years, policy makers from around the world have articulated a clear and consistent vision of global Open Science as a driver for transparent, data-driven research that will accelerate innovation. The rationale behind Open Science is multifold, but perhaps the most prominent argument is sociological: scientific knowledge is a product of social collaboration and public funding; its ownership therefore belongs to the community. From an economic point of view, scientific outputs generated by public research are a public good that everyone should be able to use at no cost and as soon as it is available.

In this afternoon session we will cover why we should move towards Open Science, what it still takes to get there and how Open Science awareness can be increased. This will be followed by practical examples and learnings of what is already being undertaken. The presentations will be concluded by a discussion on the topics presented.

Topics and Speakers

  • The promise of Open Science by Frank Miedema, Utrecht University
    Frank Miedema
    , Vice Rector for Research at Utrecht University and chair of the Utrecht University Open Science Program, will explain how open Science is not only about Open Access and FAIR Open Data. Indeed, sharing our results as quickly as possible with the scientific community and stakeholders in society is important for the quality and progress of our work. However, there is more to Open Science. It seeks to connect our research more directly and continuously with societal stakeholders, who comprise a diverse set of publics with a diverse set of problems. This open relation at all stages of knowledge production has been shown to improve the research agenda and to enhance the potential impact, use and adoption of new knowledge.This is the promise of Open Science.
  • Accelerating Open Science in the Netherlands by Melanie Imming, SURF
    Melanie Imming
    , community manager Open Science at SURF, will talk about recent efforts to accelerate the take up of Open Science in the Netherlands by fostering initiatives that promote Open Science, and projects that are professionalising Data Stewardship by looking at training, career perspectives and better job descriptions for Data Stewards.
  • Open Science at the Princess Máxima Center by Judith Boer, Princess Máxima Center
    Judith Boer, researcher and data steward of the Den Boer research group at the Princess Máxima Center, will show how structured and transparent archiving of raw and processed research data enables reproducible science. This team effort of the Den Boer group was recently rewarded by ZonMW with the Open Science Boost to Professor Monique den Boer.