Open Science and Data

As part of JISC’s ‘Research 3.0 – driving the knowledge economy’ activity
which launches at the end of November, a new Open Science report released
today trails key research trends that could have far-reaching implications for
science, universities and UK society.

The report written by UKOLN at the University of Bath and the Digital Curation
Centre, identifies open-ness, predictive science based on massive data
volumes and citizen involvement as being important features of tomorrow’s
research practice.

It is hoped that this document will stimulate and contribute to community
discussion in the UK, which is ranked second in the world for its output of
quality research, but also fuel the open science debate on the global stage.

As part of JISC’s data management programme JISC is discussing with UK
research funders and libraries on how best to build on recent initiatives, such
as the HEFCE-funded UK Research Data Service feasibility study, so as to
address the considerable challenges outlined in the Open Science report.

Neil Jacobs, programme manager at JISC, says, “There are important changes
in the way science exploits the potential of digital technologies. We are not
saying that the these trends go together – they may conflict – but what we
are looking to find out is to what extent they are happening now and what
researchers, librarians and others think their impact will be in the future.

“Where there is widespread access to the web, digital cameras and
computers, then citizens can become active participants in science, for
example collecting data on natural phenomena on a massive scale. While this
has happened so far in isolated projects, the potential is now for a more
general shift in public participation in science,” added Neil.

The Open Science report looks at how technologies can support the open
movement to share data, workflows, methods and research outputs. It also
illustrates the vital role librarians could have in supporting these new trends
and the recognised need to build relationships between researchers and
librarians to support the research of the future.

Read the Open Science report at:
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/documents/opensciencerpt.aspx

Take part in the Open Science discussions and share your views at
the ‘Research 3.0 – driving the knowledge economy’ blog
http://res3.jiscinvolve.org .

The views, comments and opinions posted on the blog will shape JISC’s
activities over the next 12 months so events cover areas the research and
education community feel strongly about.

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