Open Science By Design

On Tuesday, July 17, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus study report, Open Science by Design: Realizing a Vision for 21st Century Research, co-authored by American University Washington College of Law Professor Michael Carroll. Professor Carroll joined Committee Chair, Dr. Alexa McCray, Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, at the National Academies for the release of the report.  The webcast of that event is here.

The peer-reviewed report stresses that challenges to the open access of scientific research, including cultural barriers and the economics of scientific research, need to be overcome in order to further open access advancement. The solution, the report states, is to foster openness during the research process and a stronger coordinated effort from the academic and research community.

The objective of furthering open science is to ensure the free availability of scholarly publications, the resulting data, and methodologies used, according to the report.

The reporter’s proposed “open science by design” framework outlines practices and that should occur at each stage of the research process, including the provocation, ideation, knowledge generation, validation, dissemination, and preservation phases. Such practices include researchers having access to the most recent publications and data for free, and utilizing collaborative tools to network with colleagues.

Find a full copy of the report here: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/brdi/open_science_enterprise/

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