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G7 Science Ministers endorse Open Science

On September 28th 2017, the Science Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, met in Venaria for the Ministerial meeting during the G7 Innovation Week. The meeting produced a set of policy guidelines and concrete action items to support the scientific community in facing the global challenges of the Next Production Revolution (NPR), recognizing the benefits of scientific and technological advancement for society.

The guidelines mirror the priorities that had previously been defined in the “G7 People-Centered Action Plan on Innovation, Skills and Labour”, including human capital formation, financing policies and mechanisms, and global research infrastructures. But the meeting also added a new priority to the list – Open Science.

Researchers share

The science ministers recognize the way in which science and research is done is shifting towards Open Science practices. Concerted efforts of the international community can help accelerate the transition and foster its coherence. The main objectives should concentrate on rewarding and incentivizing Open Science practices and on infrastructures for optimal use of research data.

Their concrete recommendations consist of the following:

• Include Open Science research indicators and metrics during the evaluation and assessment of researchers
• Ensure every researcher’s ability to deposit, access, and analyze scientific data across disciplines and borders
• Adhere to the FAIR data principles of being findable, accessible, interoperable, reusable
• Train researchers in Open Science and data skills
• Develop common good practice standards

The Communiqué can be downloaded here: http://www.g7italy.it/sites/default/files/documents/G7%20Science%20Communiqu%C3%A9_1.pdf