UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science
The aim of this document was to set international standards for the development of instruments on open science to be adopted by the Member States. To fulfil this objective, the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference (2019) promoted a series of preliminary studies and consultations with public surveys and inputs from multistakeholder global and regional consultations, from partners and other Open Science actors and entities, and from Member States. This two-year process produced a codesigned recommendation that underlines values and principles and endorses monitor policies and mechanisms towards Open Science.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into focus how open science practices such as open access to scientific publications, the sharing of scientific data and collaboration beyond the scientific community can speed up research and strengthen the links between science policy and society. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will drive the wider adoption of open practices, encourage greater endorsement of open science and ensure that research findings are beneficial to all.
Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General
OpenAIRE's mission is to shift scholarly communication towards openness and transparency and facilitate innovative ways to communicate and monitor research. Through our work, we provide training and services to share, discover, process, monitor research outputs. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science is a major step towards collaborative research aiming to provide easy access to knowledge, better practices and tackle societal challenges.