Open science and research

Culture of Open Scholarship

Open science has become a significant way of making science more reproducible and transparent and increasing its societal impact. The development of open science is strongly influenced by digital developments, and both national and international policies and recommendations.

The discussions on the culture of open science and scholarship considers e.g. responsible practices related to the merit of the researcher and the evaluation of the research, services needed for open science and research and opportunities and challenges created by inclusive citizen science.

The terms open science and open scholarship are often used interchangeably. Open scholarship focuses more on humanities and the open input prior to publishing in the form of collaboration and active data and knowledge sharing.
An Aalto pen lying on the page of a study book, students working in the background / photo by Aalto University, Aino Huovio

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International Policies and Recommendations on Open Science and Open Scholarship

There are several comprehensive international open science recommendations and policies. We have linked some of the most influential recommendations below:

1) League of European Research Universities’ (LERU)

LERU's publication from 2018 that emphasises the necessity of cultural change in the universities for them to be able to reap the benefits of open science, and introduces eight pillars of open science.

2) UNESCO’s Open Science Recommendation (2021)

UNESCO's recommendation suggests new pillars of open science. According to Unesco, open science is  defined  as  an  inclusive construct that combines various movements and practices aiming

  • to make  multilingual  scientific  knowledge  openly  available,  accessible  and  reusable  for  everyone
  • to  increase  scientific  collaborations  and  sharing  of  information for the benefits of science and society, and
  • to open the processes of scientific knowledge creation, evaluation and communication to societal actors beyond the traditional scientific community.

3) European Union

Open science is a policy priority for the European Commission and the standard method of working under its research and innovation funding programmes as open science improves the quality, efficiency and responsiveness of research.

4) European Open Science Cloud (EOSC)

The ambition of the EOSC is to provide European researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with a federated and open multi-disciplinary environment where they can publish, find and reuse data, tools and services for research, innovation and educational purposes.

Other useful resources on open science and open scholarship are provided by e.g.

 

League of European Research Universities (LERU)

League of European Research Universities suggests a culture change in the way stakeholders in the research, education and knowledge exchange communities create, store, share and deliver the outputs of their activity in order for universities to embrace open science principles, policies and practices.

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UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science

UNESCO’s open science recommendation presents a very broad view of open science including open engagement of societal actors and open dialogue with other knowledge systems to the definition.

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European Union Open Science Policy

Open science is a policy priority for the European Commission and the standard method of working under its research and innovation funding programmes as it improves the quality, efficiency and responsiveness of research.

Benefits of Open science

European Open Science Cloud

European Open Science Cloud is built to offer the infrastructure for European research and development activities.

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National Recommendations on Open Science, Research and Scholarship

Finland was one of the first countries to publish an open scholarship policy in 2022. The policy includes, among others, recommendations for citizen science (in Finnish) and business collaboration (in Finnish). 

The Declaration of Open Science and Research and the full list of other national open science policies and recommendations and listed below.  

National Open Scholarship Policy

Finland is one of the first countries to publish an open scholarship policy in 2022. The policy includes, among others, recommendations for citizen science (in Finnish, will be published in English later) and business collaboration (in Finnish, will be published in English later).

Open Scholarship by Dora

Citizen Science

Citizen science and citizens’ participation have developed as models of scientific research conducted by non-professional scientists, following scientifically valid methodologies and frequently carried out in association with professional scientists with web-based platforms and social media.

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Recommendation on Business Collaboration

Open Science Recommendation and Checklist for Collaborative Research, Development and Innovation in Research Organizations and Business .

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National Declaration, Policies and Recommendations of Open Science and Reasearch

The open science declaration provides a common direction for and outlines a vision, where open science and research are seamlessly integrated in researchers' everyday work.

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Responsible Researcher Assessment

The assessment of research and researchers is currently a prominent subject in and outside the academic world. Researcher assessment (for recruiting, personal bonuses, project funding, expert tasks etc.) influences what is being studied by funding allocations, merits and structural processes of research organisations.

The new developments in the research assessment and the use of metrics are collected in the research assessment page.

  • The page gives a short summary of DORA, Leiden Manifest and  the recommendation for the responsible evaluation of a researcher in Finland.
  • It also provides links to the recommendation on the use of Publication Forum rankings and to the national Publication Metrix Guide.
  • In addition, EU's plans on common researcher evaluation,  LERU's new research career paper and case studies on research assessment by DORA, the European University Association (EUA) and SPARC are included.

 

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