Open Science Helix Launch

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Paul Ayris, UCL’s Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services) will lead the newest “Helix” Open Innovation community, focusing on the principles and practice of Open Science. In this introduction, Paul summarises the emergence of the Open Science movement, and invites interested parties to participate in the community, hosted on the Crowdhelix Open Innovation platform. To find out more or to express your interest in participating, please email the Crowdhelix team.

The emergence of Open Science

Open Science is new phenomenon in how research, education and enterprise are undertaken in universities. It is a global movement, which is growing in momentum across the world. As defined by the European Commission, there are eight pillars of Open Science:

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  • The Future of Scholarly Communication

  • The EOSC (European Open Science Cloud)

  • FAIR data

  • Skills

  • Research Integrity

  • Rewards

  • Next-Generation Metrics

  • Citizen Science

Together, these eight pillars represent a new way of doing research, teaching and enterprise.

What do the pillars of Open Science mean?

The future of scholarly publishing embraces the concept of Open Access, where all materials (suitably licenced) are free at point of use to any user across the globe. The EOSC represents a European movement to enable all research data which is Open to be available for sharing and re-use via the EOSC hub. This would speed up research and avoid needless duplication. FAIR Data is research data which is Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. It has been shown that the European Union could save 10.2 billion euros a year if research data were FAIR. Skills relates to education and the development of knowledge and techniques by users to take advantage of Open approaches. Research Integrity relates to ethics and policies, with a requirement that they are embedded in Open principles. Rewards is activity which lays out how researchers, educators and inventors are rewarded for their use of Open practices. Next-Generation Metrics refers to new means of evaluation using Open principles, with a preference for qualitative over quantitative measures. Finally, Citizen Science is a movement whereby the lay citizen can play a role, or even lead, research activity to the benefit of society.

The Open Science Helix

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The purpose of the Open Science Helix is to provide a platform for community engagement with Open Science, to build partnerships, to advertise Open Science community events, to develop project proposals, and to seek funding for this work. The emphasis is on activity and outcomes. We know what Open Science means and what the objectives are. The purpose of the Helix is to look at how these objectives can be accomplished and what, at a practical level, needs to be done in order to deliver Open Science outcomes which make a difference. We want to build a global community that works via Open Science practice.

Welcome to the Open Science Helix. Be an active member as we build up an Open Science community that makes a difference.