European Commission Open Science Policy Platform
The following is my application to join the European Commission Open Science Policy Platform. The OSPP will provide expert advice to the European Commission on implementing the broader Open Science Agenda. As you will see some of us have a concern that the focus of the call is on organisations, rather than communities. This is a departure from much of the focus that the Commission itself has adopted on the potential benefits and opportunities of Open Science. A few of us are therefore applying as representatives of the community of interested and experienced people in the Open Science space.
I am therefore seeking endorsement, in the form of a comment on this post or email directly to me if you prefer, as someone who could represent this broader community of people, not necessarily tied to one type of organisation or stakeholder. This being an open form you are also of course free to not endorse me as well :-)
I am writing to apply for membership of the Open Science Policy Platform as a representative of the common interest community of Open Science developers and practitioners. This community is not restricted to specific organisations or roles but includes interested people and organisations from across the spectrum of stakeholders including researchers, technologists, publishers, policy makers, funders and all those interested in the change undergoing research.
I have a concern that the developing policy frameworks and institutionalisation of Open Science are leaving behind precisely the community focus that is at the heart of Open Science. As the Commission has noted, one of the key underlying changes leading to more open practice in research is that many more people are becoming engaged in research and scholarship in some form. At the same time the interactions between this growing diversity of actors increasingly form an interconnected network. It is not only that this network reaches beyond organisational and sector boundaries that is important. We need to recognise that it is precisely that blurring of boundaries that underpins the benefits of Open Science.
I recognise that for practical policy making it is essential to engage with key stakeholders with the power to make change. In addition I would encourage the Commission to look beyond the traditional sites of decision making power within existing institutions to the communities and networks which are where the real cultural changes are occurring. In the end, institutional changes will only ever be necessary, and not sufficient, to support the true cultural change which will yield the benefits of Open Science.
I am confident I can represent some aspects of this community particularly in the areas of:
- New models for research communications
- Incentives and rewards that will lead to cultural change
- The relationship between those incentives and research assessment.
To provide evidence of my relevance to represent this common interest I have posted this application publicly and asked for endorsement by community members.
I have a decade of relevant experience in Open Science. I have long been an advocate of radical transparency in research communication including being of the early practitioners of Open Notebook Science. I have been involved in a wide range of technical developments over the past decade in data management, scholarly communications and research assessment and tracking. I have been engaged in advising on policy development for Open Access, Open Data and open practice more generally for a wide range of institutions, funders and governments. I am also one of the authors of three key documents, the altmetrics manifesto, the Panton Principles, and the Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures.
As an advocate for Open Access and Open Data I have been involved in developing the arguments for policy and practice change in the UK, US and Europe. As Advocacy Director at PLOS (2012-2015) I was closely involved in developments on Open Access in particular. My team lead the coalition that supported the Californian Open Access bill and I testified before the UK House of Commons BIS committee. Submissions to the Commons Enquiry, the HEFCE Metrics Tide report, and the EU Expert Group on Copyright Reform all had an influence on the final text.
In 2015 I returned to academia, now in the humanities. In this capacity I am part of a small group looking critically at Open Science. I am an advisor for Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network, a research project looking at the application of Open Science practice in development contexts, as well as leading a pilot project for the International Development Research Centre on implementing Data Sharing practice amongst grantees. My research is focussing on how policy, culture and practice interact and how an understanding of this interaction can help us design institutions for an Open Science world.
I therefore believe I am well placed to represent a researcher, developer, and practitioner perspective on the OSPP as well as to bring a critical view to how the details of implementation can help to bring about what it is that we really want to achieve in the long term, a cultural change that embraces the opportunity of the web for science.