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Open Science (OS) is a general term applied to the ways in which science is practiced and disseminated. How can CIVIS take OS from vision to practice with a common approach and support for the implementation of this new paradigm in research? In Module 5 of the RIS4CIVIS project, we aim to raise the awareness across the CIVIS academic community about the latest developments in OS and to promote collaborations that incorporate OS practices.

Our objectives for Open Science

The OS landscape is vast and the action plan for Module 5 is accordingly ambitious. Our plans range from providing reliable information about OS to supporting wider cultural transformations in the way research results are produced, disseminated, communicated, and evaluated. In RIS4CIVIS we will undertake four concrete case studies:

  1. Common CIVIS Open Science knowledge base
  2. CIVIS training programmes on Open Science
  3. CIVIS Open Science Award
  4. Pilot case study on research assessment

Each of the selected case studies will offer benefits for the CIVIS research and academic community. For example, the first two case studies will soon provide a common entry point for discovering trusted OS resources and an accessible list of OS training programmes - both within CIVIS and proposed by other institutions and organisations. Over time, both resources are expected to grow and develop.

Case studies 3 and 4 are important for the development of Open Science on the long term. The CIVIS Open Science Award will promote and celebrate good OS practices and highlight the successful implementation of OS in research projects. The pilot case study on research assessment is a joint activity with RIS4CIVIS Modules 4 (Human Capital) and 6 (Citizen Science). This pilot is part of a much broader, international discussion about the reform of research assessment. We aim to contribute to ongoing debates on this topic with new criteria that take into account OS practices and results. In order to test and evaluate these criteria, a collaborative work with Module 4 (e.g., on the HRS4R award) and Module 6 (on similar approaches regarding Citizen Science) is needed.

In summary, the current work developed in Module 5 covers several aspects of OS. We aim to create a new framework for collaborative work on OS within CIVIS, and to contribute to broader discussions on the transformation of research practices and outcomes.