As part of LIBER’s work to advance Open Science, we are one of 25 stakeholders sitting on the European Commission’s high-level Expert Group to provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policies in Europe.
The term of the OSPP is 2016–2018, and its work is organised around eight action areas that the European Commission has highlighted as important for Open Science to flourish:
- FAIR open data
- The European Open Science Cloud
- New business models for scholarly communication
- Research integrity
- Open science skills
- Citizen science
During the second meeting of the OSPP in December, three working groups were formed by the members of the OSPP: one on the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), another on Open Access Publishing and a third looking at Citizen Science. Each of these groups has now produced a preliminary report, which will feed into future work.
- European Open Science Cloud Working Group – Sergio Andreozzi from EGI and LIBER President Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen co-chair this working group. A finished report from the group is due to be presented at the EOSC summit on 12 June in Brussels, and this report will feed into the work of the new High Level Expert Group on the EOSC which will begin working before the summer.
- Open Access – Sabina Leonelli presented the report of the High Level Working Group on Open Access, which should feed into the next High Level Expert Group on the Future of Publishing.
- Citizen Science – Professor Isabella Peters, a member of the High Level Expert Group on altmetrics and co-chair of LIBER’s Metrics Working Group gave a short presentation on the recommendations of the High Level Expert Group. The initial assessment of the OSPP converges to a large extent with the findings of the High Level Expert Group. Notably, the “headline findings” which state that qualitative assessments should always accompany the responsible use of metrics, and that there is a need to develop next-generation metrics that are able to give indications on the engagement with Open Science were mutually agreed on.
New OSPP working groups are set to be formed, which will provide their reports during the OSPP meeting in Tallinn in October 2017. The new working groups are: Altmetrics, Rewards, and Skills. There will also be a discussion on the Code of Conduct on Research Integrity held at the meeting.
Other news from the latest OSPP meeting includes the following:
- European Open Science Cloud: the EC is working on a roadmap to build and make the EOSC operational by the end of 2019. There will be a Cloud Summit on 12 June 2017 in Brussels.
- The Commissioner is aiming at 100% compliance with the mandatory Open Access to Publications requirements.
- The Commissioner is investigating an option to launch an EC Open Research Platform (equivalent to the Wellcome Open Research), initially as a pilot.
- EC Communication on Open Science is scheduled for 2018.
- The EC pilot Open Science Monitor is now online. A full monitoring service is expected to be operational in early 2018.
- EC Pilot Open Science Monitor: https://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=home§ion=monitor