“The open science movement has fueled the development of public access options, including open access journals, preprint servers, open peer review, and open data and data repositories. Journals that have paywalls are often hybrid models that offer authors ways to make their articles available through “gold” open access and “green” open access options (
To address the growing requirements for public access, journal publishers are implementing new peer-reviewed article types that support the objectives of open science by extending access to relevant assets such as datasets, research protocols, and advances in research methods, toward the goal of fostering new collaborations across disciplines….”
“Creative Commons’ Towards a Recommendation on Open Culture (TAROC) is a community initiative aiming to develop an international policy framework to recognize the importance of and support global open sharing of culture. As we build this initiative, we are seeking community engagement from GLAM professionals.
In September last year, UNESCO declared culture a global public good at Mondiacult 2022. With the successes of the 2019 UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources and 2021 Recommendation on Open Science, the world looks to UNESCO’s leadership to create the necessary international framework that would unlock the possibilities of equitable, ethical, and respectful sharing of cultural heritage in the digital age: a UNESCO Recommendation on Open Culture.
In this session, we will present our work around the initiative thus far and what we plan next. We will also hold space to hear from participants in Latin America about how open culture experiences in the region could help inform this international initiative….”
“A new push for a more equitable scientific publishing system is in the making as the proponents of ‘diamond’ open access – under which neither authors or readers would pay the publishers – weigh up joining forces in a global federation.
The idea for a federation was first proposed last month when researchers, policymakers, publishers and research funders gathered at the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access in Mexico.
For a week, they discussed how to best support the fragile and thinly distributed diamond open access ecosystem. By the end of the summit, UNESCO representatives had given the impromptu plan to form a federation their backing. “We had no clear expectationsthis was going to be the outcome,” says Lidia Borrell-Damian, secretary general of Science Europe, the body representing national funding agencies and one of the organisers of the summit….”
“Unesco has offered to host a global federation for diamond open access as part of a major push to boost the model, which demands no costs for researchers publishing their work. A representative of the UN’s scientific and cultural organisation made the announcement to applause at a global meeting of open-access advocates in Mexico last month….”
“Join us for the third session of Better Together, a joint webinar series co-organized by Crossref, DataCite and ORCID. We are delighted to announce our featured speaker, Dr. Tiffany Straza, an Open Science Consultant in the Section of Science, Technology and Innovation Policy at UNESCO.
As addressed in the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and UNESCO open science toolkit, Open Science infrastructures are key to the sustainability of Open Science. To make scientific research more accessible to everyone, the interoperability and reusability of research outputs associated with uniquely identified individuals are fundamental, which can be achieved via adopting PIDs across different research workflows, improving permanent and unrestricted access to the research community. In this session, we will discuss Open Science, the UNESCO Recommendations, and how connections between research outputs, organizations, and individuals can benefit different research workflows and save costs….”
“The use of digital educational content released with an open license, also called Open Educational Resources (OER), is both a way to increase access to education and training and a trigger for teaching innovation, since it can support co-creation of knowledge and active engagement of learners.
Using OER is relatively easy, both for educators who want to release their content with an open license and for those who want to use and adapt content produced by others. Still, some specific knowledge and competences, as well as a change of mindset are needed for this to happen effectively and sustainably.
Following on introduction presenting the concepts of open licenses and OER, the webinar will outline some practical guidelines for educators, both from the point of view of OER experts coming from international organisations such as UNESCO-UNEVOC and the International Council of Open and Distance Education, and of actual teachers and trainers who are using OER in their daily work.
As usual, after the webinar we will devote a session to getting ideas on how this theme can be further explored in the ETF Community of Innovative Educators.”
Creative Commons is leading an initiative that will hopefully culminate in the establishment of an international Recommendation on Open Culture, a companion to UNESCO’s recommendations on Open Education Resources and Open Science.
TAROC seeks to advance the declaration of cultural ministers at the 2022 UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development (Mondiacult), in which culture was recognised as a global public good.
Global public goods are by definition non-exclusive and not bound to economic gain. While the parameters of culture as a global public good are still the subject of much discussion, cultural institutions can act in the spirit of fostering a cultural commons by enabling their collections to be openly accessible, shareable, and reusable.
This initiative opens up a wealth of opportunities to advocate for the role of libraries and their collections in supporting the development of thriving knowledge societies. It also links cultural policy with information and digital rights policies – a place where the library field is well suited to act as key stakeholders….”
“On 3 October 2023 LIBER, UNESCO and LA Referencia joined forces for a webinar outlining the Open Science monitoring methods and tools currently developed in Europe. The event aimed to introduce several examples of inclusive monitoring of Open Science, in line with the 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, to foster the uptake of monitoring frameworks that assess the outputs and impacts of Open Science practices….”
“Recognizing the significance of access to information, the 74th UN General Assembly proclaimed 28 September as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) at the UN level in October 2019. The day had been proclaimed by the UNESCO General Conference in 2015, following the adoption of the 38 C/Resolution 57 declaring 28 September of every year as International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI).
UNESCO provides a platform and frame for all the stakeholders to participate in international discussions on policy access to information in the digital era as it empowers individuals, enables informed decision-making, fosters innovation, and promotes inclusivity and social progress.”
“The purpose of the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access is to bring together the Diamond OA community of journal editors, organizations, experts, and stakeholders from the Global South and North, in a dialogue that seeks to implement collective action in the spirit of the Recommendations on Open Science from UNESCO and BOAI 20 years, where Equity, Sustainability, Quality and Usability are the pillars of our journey.
For the first time the global OA Diamond community will meet in Toluca, Mexico to exchange and coordinate actions to better support equity in scholarly communication practices. The summit, co-organised by Redalyc, the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, AmeliCA, UNESCO, CLACSO and the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access, will combine two conferences during Open Access Week….”
“UNESCO has convened 5 ad-hoc Working Groups focusing on key impact areas relevant to the implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, bringing together experts and open science entities, organizations and institutions, according to their field of activity and expertise. The Working Group on Open Science Monitoring aims to guide the development of a global monitoring framework for the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.”
“LIBER has announced that they will hold a joint webinar together with UNESCO and LA Referencia on Tuesday 3rd October (16:00 CEST). The event – entitled Open Science Monitoring in Europe: A LIBER, UNESCO and LA Referencia Webinar – is aimed at providing a state-of-the art analysis of the Open Science monitoring methods and tools currently developed in Europe….
The webinar will take inspiration from the similarities between Latin American and European approaches to Open Access (see this study in English and in Spanish) Attendees will gain insights for developing Open Science monitoring methods, criteria, sources and tools.
The main benefits for attendees will be:
Awareness of Open Science monitoring implementation momentum.
Knowledge of the UNESCO vision of Open Science monitoring and the tools needed to follow the implementation and fulfilment of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.
An introduction to the state-of-the-art monitoring methods and tools currently developed in Europe for measuring Open Science progress and actions (OpenAIRE monitoring vision, challenges, tools and methods; France and Finland’s experiences with monitoring national and institutional frameworks and tools.)
An international alignment of reproducible methods, measurement criteria, tools and practices for assessing and monitoring Open Science progress.
Opportunities to develop partnerships, collaborations and networking between regions and/or countries.
Opportunities to develop their personal, institutional, and national network(s)….”
From Google’s English: Abstract: Objective : to review the terminologies and applications of the Open Science taxonomy in order to build a more comprehensive version, which represents the knowledge surrounding the theme, in accordance with the current scenario of scientific communication and with the recommendations of the United Nations Organization for the Education, Science and Culture (Unesco).
Method : this is an exploratory research with a deductive approach. The first stage was the review of taxonomies, with 12 researchers who met weekly for conceptual and epistemological discussions related to Open Science, and methodological and procedural definitions for carrying out the study.
Results : as a result of the analyses, a taxonomy was developed to be evaluated by the specialists. For this, a questionnaire with open questions was sent, about each main axis of the taxonomy, to 68 specialists. 21 answers were obtained that cooperated with the modeling and exposition of the terms for the new taxonomy. The taxonomy that came out of this review process has 10 main-level facets and a total of 96 labels.
Conclusions: the specialists’ perception brought to light a congruent panorama with the recommendations of Unesco and the current scenario of Open Science.
“On April 28, the Italian National Research Council (CNR, ‘Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche’) approved their Roadmap for Open Science, which is available in Italian via Zenodo (CC BY).
The CNR serves as a public institution responsible for conducting, promoting, disseminating and improving research activities. With a network of institutes strategically located across Italy, the CNR aims to ensure widespread access to its expertise nationwide while fostering collaboration and partnerships with local businesses and organisations.
Through the Roadmap for Open Science, the CNR sought to identify a clear pathway towards greater uptake and the practical implementation of open science practices. In this article, I summarise some key takeaways from the Roadmap for all interested readers who might not speak Italian!…”
“Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams is a leading figure in the international Open Educational Resources (OER) research community and currently holds the first ever UNESCO Chair in Open Education and Social Justice.
Formerly the PI of the large-scale, cross-regional Research on Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D) project, Cheryl has made a substantial contribution to growing research capacity in and advancing a theoretical understanding of open education and OER. In her capacity as a researcher and mentor, she has been instrumental in supporting a network of Global South scholars and ensuring that a diversity of voices is profiled in the global OER conversation.
Always operating with a critical and rigorously conceived big-picture perspective as well as deep compassion, Cheryl’s leadership has bolstered the developing country research presence in the global OER conversation. Her inclusive, critical leadership style has been instrumental in promoting research interventions of the highest standard while always promoting a caring, context-sensitive approach to working with researchers from a wide range of backgrounds and portraying the complexity of the Global open education landscape….”