[open-science] More info on working group submission for Royal Society SAPE Report

Jenny Molloy jenny.molloy at okfn.org
Sat Jul 9 10:31:44 UTC 2011

Dear All

The working group will be putting together a submission to the Royal Society
'Science as a Public Enterprise' report on the future of scientific
information publishing http://royalsociety.org/policy/sape/.

Submission must be in by 5th August, so I have set up an Etherpad
http://okfnpad.org/sciencewg-RS-SAPE for continuous contributions and
suggest an initial drafting session via Skype and Etherpad on Monday 18th
July (sign up on the Etherpad with your Skype ID as per my email of a few
minutes ago!

You can see the full call for evidence here
http://royalsociety.org/policy/sape/call-for-evidence and I have copied the
areas it suggests we might like to comment on below (which is also on the
Etherpad for direct commenting on each section). This is by no means an
exhaustive list and the call specifically states that other areas of concern
and further suggestions should be included.

These are quite extensive areas so where possible we should try to link to
work that has already been done which we agree with rather than going over
old ground and redoing it ourselves!

Thanks and I look forward to seeing your ideas!


Issues to address suggested in RS call:

What ethical and legal principles should govern access to research results
and data? How can ethics and law assist in simultaneously protecting and
promoting both public and private interests?

How should principles apply to:

publicly-funded research conducted in the public interest?

privately-funded research involving data collected about or from individuals
and/or organisations (e.g. clinical trials)?

research that is entirely privately-funded but with possible public

 Research or communication of data that involves the promotion of the public
interest but which might have implications from the privacy interests of

What activities are currently under way that could improve the sharing and
communication of scientific information?

How do/should new media, including the blogosphere, change how scientists
conduct and communicate their research?

What additional challenges are there in making data usable by scientists in
the same field, scientists in other fields, ‘citizen scientists’ and the
general public?

What might be the benefits of more widespread sharing of data:

for the productivity and efficiency of scientific research?

for new sorts of science?

for public policy?

for other social benefits?

for innovation and economic growth?

for public trust in the processes of science?

 How should concerns about privacy, security and intellectual property be
balanced against the proposed benefits of openness?

What should be expected and/or required of scientists (in companies,
universities or elsewhere), research funders, regulators, scientific
publishers, research institutions, international organisations and other
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