From David Osimo:
After an intense online debate and an excellent expert workshop, we — the Lisbon Council, ESADE Business School and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University — are happy to publish a revised methodology (soon to be posted on the official European Commission website). First and foremost, this is not the final methodology. It has become clear that open science is too dynamic and too difficult to measure for a “definitive” methodology. It is rather a second interim release — and it will require continuous collaboration with the open science community in the future, also in connection with other existing efforts by OpenAire, FAIR Metrics and the European Open Science Cloud.
Of course, the main objection raised in comment period is the use of proprietary tools, such as the Scopus (or Web of Science, for that matter) database. We remain convinced that, given the current level and status of data availability, using proprietary data is a necessity in order to provide timely, relevant indicators. Hopefully, once the European Open Science Cloud is fully deployed, indicators will be automatically produced from open data sources — but it is not the case today.
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