The European Commission are moving forward with plans to start structured discussions about open science policy. Following on from the public consultation ‘Science 2.0: Science in Transition’, the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) will be established to advise on open science policy in Europe. Five priority action areas will form the basis of activity and discussions:
- Fostering and creating incentives for Open Science
- Removing barriers for Open Science
- Mainstreaming and promoting open access policies
- Developing research infrastructures for Open Science
- Embedding Open Science in society as a socio-economic driver
Structure and functioning of the OSPP
In early 2016, a 20 person OSPP steering group with representation from universities, academies, funders, publication association, existing platforms, libraries and beyond will be established.
The steering group will be supported by eight working groups of up to 10 experts each, which will tackle: ‘Rewards’, ‘Altmetrics’, ‘Open Science Cloud’, ‘Changing business models for publishing’, ‘Research Integrity’, ‘Citizen Science’, ‘Open Education and Skills’, and ‘FAIR open data’. In the terminology of the emerging OSPP, these are ‘topics of policy concern’.
Working groups will be launched in phases, with the topics of ‘Rewards’, ‘Altmetrics’ and ‘Open Science Cloud’ being the first to receive attention in 2016.
The full text released by the European Commission can be found here.
Why does it matter to me?
As a minimum, the policy direction coming out of the OSPP is likely to affect the way in which the Commission will expect researchers to behave in projects that it funds. Building on initiatives like the Pilot on Open Research Data, we’re likely to see additional elements introduced as pilots and over time you may be asked in more detail how your project is incorporating open science principles (Ed – there are already questions around publication and data management in applications to Horizon 2020, but we’d expect additional elements to be included as thinking develops).
Finding out more and getting involved
There will be opportunities for the research community to input into discussions and we’ll update you as the OSPP develops on how you will be able to have your say.
For those of you interested in the background – or even a fictitious account of a day in the life of a researcher in 2030 – take a look at the Commission’s Open Science web pages here. You can also follow the debate via @OpenAccessEC.
If you want to find out more about Manchester Met’s approach to open access, we can highly recommend taking a look at the pages here.