'Open' as modus operandi for Research and Higher Education

The ‘Open’ agenda is now an important one for the research and higher education community worldwide. There are both ‘bottom-up’ pressures, with researchers, technologists, librarians and others creating open systems and making content openly available; and ‘top-down’ pressures, with, for example, policymakers and research funders encouraging or even mandating open approaches. Focusing on research and higher education e-infrastructure, it investigated three main areas: green technology, cloud computing and ‘Open’. The Open strand of e-InfraNet brought together thought leaders and technical experts from the research and higher education sector in Europe to assess the current environment and discuss policy developments. They identified a number of key Open initiatives: open access to the research literature, open data, open educational resources, open bibliography, open source software, open development, open standards, open infrastructure, open peer review, open research and open innovation. Their report tracked the progress of these initiatives across Europe and beyond. It also discussed the relationship between the different Opens and their shared benefits, making the case for a coordinated policy approach to them. The major shared benefits associated with Open were identified to include enhanced visibility and impact for research, improved quality, increased cost-effectiveness and greater transparency and accountability. These benefits apply to the research and higher education community and more generally to wider society. Because of this, it was recommended that EU should set a policy direction in which Open becomes the preferred default modus operandi for research and higher education in Europe. This approach should be implemented through a pragmatic phased approach focusing initially on various strands of activity including open access, open data and open infrastructure.


Part of session

Big Data, Big Deal

Related documents