Open Science represents a new way of doing research – from creating, publishing, sharing, disseminating, curating and rewarding researchers and research outputs of all kinds. The agenda is a global one, and it represents a real challenge to current ways of working. The European Commission has identified 8 pillars of Open Science: Future of Scholarly Publishing, European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), FAIR Data, Skills, Research Integrity, Rewards, Next Generation Metrics, Citizen Science. For Open Science to succeed, leadership is needed at a senior level. This is the message of the Rectors from the research-intensive universities in LERU (League of European Research Universities) in their Open Science Roadmap.

Open Science helps to create the right frameworks and policies where research and educational outputs can be made freely available to anyone at point of use, as long as they have an Internet connection. Open Science therefore removes traditional barriers, such as cost, to accessing and using materials.

However, Open Science, which covers all academic disciplines, from Archaeology to Zoology, is more than about policies and procedures. It is about building Open Science communities with innovation at their heart. For Open Science to succeed, a whole generation of researchers and educators across the globe need not only to embrace Open Science principles, but also to work together as a global community to deliver change and innovation, from which all can benefit.

This is the reason behind the creation of the Open Science Helix – to create a platform and to build a community that work together, exchange ideas, form partnerships, submit project bids and deliver Open Science tools and services which will deliver the change that it has the ambition to deliver.


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