[open-science] Canada announces Open Science commitment

Richard Akerman scilib at gmail.com
Sun Nov 9 11:29:06 UTC 2014

The UNESCO Global Open Access Portal (GOAP)

has beautifully-detailed manually-curated country pages listing
policies by country around the world.

Some ideas to consider:
* turn the UNESCO GOAP into a wiki?
* dashboard the GOAP information and make it into an Open Science
equivalent of the Open Data Census, with a similar process to call out
for annual updates?
* propose standards for machine-readable open access and open science
policies, to lead to eventual automation of the GOAP data collection?

I spoke to Bhanu R. Neupane at UNESCO about the issues of
sustainability for the GOAP and he was certainly aware of the
challenges and open to discussing possible solutions.

To be considered is how to make the wiki open enough to enable
participation without being so open it gets spammed.

If this is too large a chunk of work, I would at least consider
recording in the working group wiki only announcements that are
incremental to the information in GOAP, so that those updates could be
rolled back into the pages when and if UNESCO does an update.

-- Richard

Richard Akerman
scilib at gmail.com

Twitter: @scilib

On Sun, Nov 9, 2014 at 1:33 AM, Jenny Molloy <jcmcoppice12 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thanks Richard!
> We should start gathering government policies as they come out - is anyone
> already doing this as part of their research/personal interest? If so do
> please send a link, otherwise maybe someone would be keen to curate a page
> on the working group wiki to copy and paste as and when such policies are
> announced.
> There might be a backlog - I have no idea without looking around how many
> governments have already announced formal policies in this area (and I'm
> currently waiting to board a flight so will hold off searching for now!) . I
> know Finland have been very active and the US has some policies related to
> data and publication of federally funded research.
> Jenny
> On Thu, Nov 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM, Richard Akerman <scilib at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The Government of Canada has announced an Open Science commitment in its
>> 2nd Open Government Action Plan.  The commitment includes open access to
>> federally-funded scientific publications.
>> Here is the full text (numbering mine):
>> C. 1) Open Science
>> Headline statement: "The Government of Canada will maximize access to
>> federally funded scientific research to encourage greater collaboration and
>> engagement with the scientific community, the private sector, and the
>> public."
>> The Government of Canada makes significant investments in scientific
>> research. As a result, Canada has become a world leader in a number of
>> important scientific research areas, and continues to support leading-edge
>> research by some of the world's best scientific minds. Increasing public
>> access to government-funded scientific research data and information has the
>> potential to further drive innovation and discovery across the broader
>> scientific community.
>> On June 12, 2013, the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for
>> Science and Technology, signed the G8 Science Ministers Statement on behalf
>> of the Government of Canada to promote policies that increase access to the
>> results of publicly funded research to spur scientific discovery, enable
>> better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the
>> engagement of society and help support economic prosperity. Accordingly, the
>> Government of Canada will establish a government-wide approach to open
>> science to increase access to federally funded scientific publications and
>> data.
>> Deliverables to be completed in 2014-16:
>> C.1.1 Develop and publish a government-wide Open Science Implementation
>> Plan with specific activities and milestones, including the following:
>>  C.1.1.1 Public consultations on the implementation of open science;
>>  C.1.1.2 Launch of open access to publications and data resulting from
>> federally funded scientific activities;
>>  C.1.1.3 Development and adoption of policies, guidelines and tools to
>> support effective stewardship of scientific data; and
>>  C.1.1.4 Promotion of the adoption of open science standards in Canada.
>> C.1.2 Establish an online service to enable a one-stop search for
>> publications and data resulting from federal scientific activities.
>> C.1.3 Develop inventories of federal scientific data and initiate the
>> public release of data.
>> C.1.4 Publish and maintain a consolidated online list of peer-reviewed
>> articles by Government of Canada scientists dating back to 2012.
>> Leads: Environment Canada, Industry Canada
>> Grand Challenges: GC1, GC3
>> from
>> http://open.canada.ca/en/content/canadas-action-plan-open-government-2014-16#ch4-3
>> --
>> Richard Akerman
>> scilib at gmail.com
>> http://scilib.typepad.com/
>> Twitter: @scilib
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