UNESCO has launched a Global Consultation on Open Science with a view to developing a standard-setting instrument in the form of a Recommendation, to be adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in November 2021. The World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council has been invited to contribute to this process. As a partner of the WDS, MRI is also encouraging its community of mountain experts to contribute to this process.

Global Consultations on Open Science

To build a global consensus on Open Science, the development of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Recommendation on Open Science relies on an inclusive, transparent, and consultative process involving all countries and all stakeholders.

The Recommendation is expected to define shared values and principles for Open Science and point to concrete measures on Open Access and Open Data with proposals for action to bring citizens closer to science, and commitments for a better distribution and production of science in the world.

The process of drafting the Recommendation is regionally balanced, highly inclusive, and collaborative. It involves multiple stakeholders and is expected to lead to the adoption of the Recommendation by UNESCO Member States in 2021.

In developing the Open Science Recommendation, UNESCO is gathering inputs from all the regions and all the interested stakeholders, through online consultations, regional and thematic meetings and numerous debates on implications, benefits and challenges of Open Science across the globe.

The MRI has a number of activities and campaigns aimed at supporting and improving the access and utility of data and information to support research in and for mountain regions globally, and thereby support and respond to the information and knowledge needs of practitioners, policy-makers, and the general public. As a partner of the WDS of the International Science Council, itself supporting this consultation, the MRI encourages its community to express views on Open Science and contribute to this consultation process.

Online Consultation

Are you a scientist, a data steward, a publisher, a science policymaker, or someone with experience and interest in Open Science? Your input is important to the UNESCO process.

Please participate in the online survey designed to collect inputs for the development of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. The questionnaire is also available for download such that it can be filled offline and sent by email to openscience[at]unesco[dot]org.

The deadline for submitting inputs is 15 June 2020.

Thematic and Regional Meetings

UNESCO will hold a series of online and face to face consultations to support an open debate on Open Science awareness, understanding and policy development to feed into the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. In this context, a series of regional and thematic consultations are being organized.

For more information, contact at openscience[at]unesco[dot]org.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will complement the 2017 Recommendation on Science and Scientific Research. It will also build upon the UNESCO Strategy on Open Access to Scientific Information and Research and the new UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources.

For further information, please see the UNESCO website.

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