“In the early summer of 2022, all European Union Ministers agreed that in order to accelerate the implementation and the impact of Open Science policies and practices across Europe, action must be taken in three areas, one being reforming research assessment. This new policy was published in European Council Conclusions in June 2022. Reforming the assessment system for research, researchers and institutions is also a priority for the European Research Area in ERA Action 3 for the period 2022-2024.
In line with this, we welcome the establishment of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA) since it provides a common direction to reform research assessment practices across nations. We envisage that this is of great interest to governments, research funders, research performing organisations and researchers.
The transition to Open Science as the new normal will be accelerated through such a more balanced research assessment system.”
SPARC Europe took on the facilitation of the Council for National Open Science Coordination (CoNOSC) late last year. To kick-start its efforts and plan the work ahead, it investigated the needs of CoNOSC members. We are pleased to publish this report today.
The report investigates the needs of national policymakers, presenting key takeaways from interviews with CoNOSC members’ representatives – national OS coordinators, ministry officials, research funders and other policymaking decision-makers.
SPARC Europe conducted interviews with 30 representatives from 18 different European nations during January and February 2022, as well as with the Deputy Head of the Open Science Unit from the European Commission, which attends CoNOSC as an observer. The interviews were designed to identify what activities and areas would provide the most significant value through collaboration at CoNOSC without duplicating any current efforts.
Based on responses, the report identifies the priority areas for CoNOSC as follows:
Copyright and licensing
Open Access funding
“Eager to discuss developments in OS policies across Europe, the members of CoNOSC [Council for National Open Science Coordination] gathered for the third time on 1 Dec 2021.
We were delighted to see that the network had grown since the last time we met. The meeting gathered a handsome group of 21 participants, with ten member countries presenting from Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the UK and two additional presentations from Romania and Italy. We also had observers from the European Commission, including the head of the Open Science Unit….”
“SPARC Europe is honoured to support the Council for National Open Science Coordination (CoNOSC) in their efforts to advance national European Open Science policies. The CoNOSC mission is to help countries create, update and cooordinate their national open science policies by sharing valuable insights from the network.
SPARC Europe will work with the CoNOSC group at least until the end of 2022. We will investigate the needs of today’s national Open Science (OS) policymakers and organise strategic OS policy meetings with high-level national OS Co-ordinators and ministry representatives to determine priorities for the coming year. We will facilitate discussion around important OS policy topics and showcase policy developments and outcomes to help resolve common challenges and stimulate synergies. We will also help build and expand the CoNOSC network….”
“On 21 October 2019, in Helsinki, France, the Netherlands and Finland invited representatives of the ERAC countries to discuss the creation of a network of open science coordination. The program of the day is included. Twenty-one countries were present, as well as the European Union. Participants agreed that it was necessary to create such a network to enable the coordination of national efforts in the field of open science.
The objectives and organizational principles of this network, which we have named ‘Council for National Open Science Coordination’ (CoNOSC), are specified in the attached Memorandum of Understanding. Here is the summary:
– CoNOSC helps to fill in the gaps in national open science coordination.
– CoNOSC will provide a valuable insights through the dialogue with other international partners.
– CoNOSC membership is in principle open to all countries within the European Research Area….”