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14 Nov 2018

European university and research associations call for balanced approach to data sharing

On 12 November 2018, BusinessEurope, Digital Europe, the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO), the European University Associations (EUA), and Science Europe released a joint statement calling on the EU institutions to seek a balanced approach to data sharing. The statement was issued in response to the European Commission’s (EC's) proposal for a revision of the Directive on re-use of public sector information (PSI Directive) and the respective ongoing discussions in the European Parliament (EP) and Council. In the statement, the associations voice their concerns regarding the extension of the European Public Sector Information (PSI) directive to research data. They point out that while the European R&I community is supportive of the European agenda to promote Open Science and innovation, and shares a common commitment to the principle of making research data ‘as open as possible and as closed as necessary’, there is a need to focus on the optimal re-use of research data and not on the (unconditional) opening of such data.

The statement therefore calls on the EC, the EP and the Council to

  1. reconsider the purpose and interest of the proposed extension of the PSI directive to research data.
  2. ensure a sound coherent approach between the different EU legislative texts on research data sharing, following the principle “as open as possible, as closed as necessary”.
  3. focus on the optimal re-use of research data and not on the (unconditional) opening of such data, with an explicit statement that only research data that has already been voluntarily and unconditionally published or put in an open access repository by research performing organisations is in the scope of this directive.
  4. Clearly avoid extending even further the scope of this directive to “preparatory studies” and to “projects with only partial public funding”.

To download the joint statement, click here.


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