Preliminary report on the first draft of the Recommendation on Open Science – UNESCO Digital Library

“To achieve its aim, thé key objectives and areas of action of this Recommendation areas follows: (l) promoting a common understanding of Open Science and diverse paths to OpenScience; (ii) developing an enabling policy environment for Open Science; (iii) investing in Open Science infrastructures; (iv) investing in capacity building for Open Science; (v) transforming scientific culture and aligning incentives for Open Science; (vi) promoting innovative approaches for Open Science at différent stages of thé scientific process; (vii) promoting international coopération on Open Science….”

International Day for Universal Access to Information

“Recognizing the significance of access to information, the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019. The day had been proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)….” 

International Day for Universal Access to Information

“Recognizing the significance of access to information, the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019. The day had been proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI)….” 

» UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

“Following exchanges on the CODATA International Discussion list  CODATA agreed to coordinate a joint response from a number of data and information organisations.  That document—Open Science for a Global Transformation—was submitted to UNESCO on 15 June and, following minor editorial adjustments, is now published here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461 …”

» UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

“Following exchanges on the CODATA International Discussion list  CODATA agreed to coordinate a joint response from a number of data and information organisations.  That document—Open Science for a Global Transformation—was submitted to UNESCO on 15 June and, following minor editorial adjustments, is now published here: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3935461 …”

First meeting of the Open Science Advisory Committee

“The Open Science movement has rapidly spread across nations, calling for the opening of the gates of knowledge. However, there is currently no global understanding of its meaning, opportunities and challenges. With this in mind, an Open Science Advisory Committee  was established by the Director-General of UNESCO to provide guidance and advice on the overall implementation of the consolidated roadmap towards a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. The Committee met virtually for the first time on 16 and 17 July 2020.

The 2-day online meeting gathered the 30 members of the Advisory Committee, along with some ten observers from UNESCO Permanent Delegations and the international scientific community dealing with Open Science.
In her welcome remarks, Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Natural Sciences, congratulated the Members of the Advisory Committee for their nomination and recalled that “today, more than ever, the future is based on science”. She highlighted the unique international solidarity among scientists – beyond borders – to address the COVID-19 pandemic as the true spirit of Open Science, and stressed the crucial importance of data sharing, reducing the knowledge gaps and “leaving no one behind” as the basic principles of the Open Science movement and UNESCO’s leadership towards a Recommendation….”

Open Science Beyond Open Access: For and with communities, A step towards the decolonization of knowledge | Zenodo

“UNESCO is launching international consultations aimed at developing a Recommendation on Open Science for adoption by member states in 2021. Its Recommendation will include a common definition, a shared set of values, and proposals for action.

At the invitation of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, this paper aims to contribute to the consultation process by answering questions such as:

• Why and how should science be “open”? For and with whom?
• Is it simply a matter of making scientific articles and data fully available to researchers around the world at the time of publication, so they do not miss important results that could contribute to or accelerate their work?
• Could this openness also enable citizens around the world to contribute to science with their capacities and expertise, such as through citizen science or participatory action research projects?
• Does science that is truly open include a plurality of ways of knowing, including those of Indigenous cultures, Global South cultures, and other excluded, marginalized groups in the Global North?

The paper has four sections: “Open Science and the pandemic” introduces and explores different forms of openness during a crisis where science suddenly seems essential to the well-being of all. The next three sections explain the main dimensions of three forms of scientific openness: openness to publications and data, openness to society, and openness to excluded knowledges2 and epistemologies3. We conclude with policy considerations….”

Open Science (coordinated by UNESCO)

“Open Science is increasingly seen as “Science for the Future” and the “Future of Science”. Science is not necessarily accessible by all, inclusive and readily available. Science can contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNESCO was tasked to lead a global dialogue on Open Science, to identify globally-agreed norms and practices in order to create a standard-setting instrument.

The session will address what open science means for Africa, the challenges and opportunities for making science accessible to all, assess the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, and identify concrete measures advance science in Africa…”

UNESCO Regional Consultation on Open Science for Western Europe and North America | (smr 3513) (23 July 2020)

“Agenda

Introduction to the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
Panel discussion on Open Science in Western Europe and North America: Key Challenges and Opportunities
Open discussion on Key messages from Western Europe and North America for the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science….”

Questionnaire for inputs into the development of the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

“UNESCO, as the United Nations Agency with a mandate for Science, is the legitimate global organization enabled to build a coherent vision of Open Science and a shared set of overarching principles and shared values. That is why, at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, 193 Member States tasked the Organization with the development of an international standard-setting instrument on Open Science in the form of a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science, and identify concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data, with proposals to bring citizens closer to science and commitments facilitating the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge around the world. It will be developed through a regionally balanced, multistakeholder, inclusive and transparent consultation process. The purpose of this questionnaire is to conduct an electronic consultation with stakeholders in view of providing inputs into the UNESCO Recommendation Open Science. The questionnaire is available online at https://en.unesco.org/science-sustainable-future/open-science. You are encouraged to fill in the questionnaire by 15 June 2020….”