25 Apr 2018
EC provides new guidance to Member States in transition to Open Science
The European Commission (EC) has revised its Recommendation on access to, and preservation of, scientific information. The revised guidance was published on 25 April 2018, as part of the Digital Single Market package, and lays out the blueprint for policies on open access to publications and data that the EU Member States can put in place. The original Recommendation adopted in 2012 needed to be revised in the context of the developments in practices and policies in Open Science, as well as in connection with the new provisions in the revised Public Sector Information Directive (PSI) and the preparation of the next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
The guidelines are intended to provide even better support to excellent research across Europe, which the EC in turn expects to result in scientific, economic and social benefits for the Member States and the Union as a whole. The EC stresses that to reap as many of these benefits as possible, it is especially important that open access policies are coordinated across the EU as part of the European Research Area (ERA). EU Member States can now use the Recommendation to set and implement clear national policies to cover all the different aspects of Open Science. The new Recommendation reflects developments in areas such as research data management, Text and Data Mining (TDM), and technical standards that enable re-use incentive schemes. It also reflects ongoing developments at the EU level of the European Open Science Cloud, amongst other issues.
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