The corona virus pandemic has put Open Science centre stage, bringing home the need to share research data so that effective therapies and vaccines can be developed at top speed. In this light, a new note from the League of European Research Universities (LERU) looks at the progress implementing Open Science, and the opportunities and challenges that still lie ahead.
The paper’s findings include:
- Open Science is a process, not a single event, that will take many years to accomplish
- Universities will focus on individual priorities and needs: there is no ‘one size fits all’
- LERU members are committed to Open Science as part of the ’new normal’
- Open access to research publications is the most advanced area, and can lead cultural change
- FAIR Data, Open Data, and the European Open Science Cloud remain challenging
- Citizen Science has its champions, but is not yet generally established
- More should be done on Open Science skills development
- Open Science ambassadors are being appointed across the LERU network
To find out more, read the interview on LERU.org with lead author Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost responsible for UCL Library Services & Open Science and Scholarship at UCL (University College London) and chair of LERU’s Information and Open Access Policy Group for the past decade.