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Open Science, Why not?


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Open Science, Why not?
Presented at the Agreenskills meeting
Paris, 15 February 2017

Abstract: Imagine YOUR research some time in the future! Abandon all preconceptions, and imagine an idealised way of how research might be done in the future. What does it look like? Is the knowledge you’ll create in the future constrained to your pencil scribbled notebook, to your lab, and to the pages of an elite journal? Or does it flow seamlessly across disciplines and collaborative teams. Is the knowledge you generate in the future categorised, labelled and published according to rigid disciplinary taxonomy, or is it being applied by people you never met and may never meet. Is the fruit of your labour so discoverable, accessible and re-usable that it advances knowledge, fixes real world problems in research directions that you never thought of possible anticipated? And imagine all that happens even while you are sleeping, but attributing full credit to you? That future may become the default setting sooner than you might guess.
The presentation will briefly introduce Open Science in the context of an open, transparent, re-usable and reproducible research lifecycle, and present strategic and career arguments, such as why research of relevance to societal challenges can not afford not to adopt Open Science as the default setting.

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Open Science, Why not?

  1. 1. AgreenSkills – Open Science, Why Not ? Paris, 15 February 2017 Nancy Pontika & Ivo Grigorov on behalf of FP7 FOSTER
  2. 2. Source : Embedding open science practices within evaluation systems can promote research that meets societal needs in developing countries, LSE Impact Blog Jan 2017 Image credit: 2 by “ academic impact trumps excellence and relevance together, the cost of which is researchers deviating from paths they would have followed were the incentive structures different. If researchers continue to be assessed using such narrow criteria, scientific research activitie will become further dislocated from the needs of the society “
  3. 3. No price provided for the e-version
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  5. 5. Open Access Publication Funds access-policies-around-the-world/
  6. 6. Know your way around OA services & tools Sherpa Romeo
  7. 7. Open Access Policies
  8. 8. Source: Houghton, J., Swan, A. & Brown, S. Access to research and technical information in Denmark. (2011) 19% of the processes developed would have been delayed or abandoned without access to research a 2.2 years delay would cost around EUR 5 million per firm in lost sales Does #OpenScience contribute to Economic Growth?
  9. 9. “Open Science is applied to optimise reproducibility” Excellence Impact Implementation “data accessibility is unclear!” “data storage & access not considered” “Open Access to scientific knowledge is an essential principle in the project, but there is not enough information on data management or IPR.” Can #OpenScience win Research Grants? (quotes from EC Evaluators 2014-2017)
  10. 10. “replace research impact indicators beyond the typical bibliometrics and patenting” Source: Horizon2020 Societal Challenge 6, WP 2017 “Better integration of evidence on the impact of research and innovation in policy making”
  11. 11. “ two out of five studies substantially reproduced research findings, although not all experiments met thresholds of statistical significance ” Nature 541, 19 Jan 2017, doi:10.1038/541269a eLife Stanley Flegler/Visuals Unlimited, Inc./Science Photo Library
  12. 12. Benefits of machine readability & TDM • Improve productivity in the curation of biomedical literature by 50% • Accelerate drug discovery, reducing the 10-12 year average timeframe from discovery to market • Improves understanding of climate impact in the agro-industry • Helping to predict epidemics Source: TDM in Public Research, 2016
  13. 13. Good Luck with Open Science! Join the Open Science experiment at @ fosterscience # fosteropenscience
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