At a meeting wrapping up Tuesday, diplomats and legal and technical experts from UNESCO’S member states are trying to draw up new global guidelines under a project called Open Science.
“The crisis put a spotlight on how scientific information is produced, shared, communicated,” said Ana Persic, chief of the science policy section at Paris-based UNESCO. “It is a paradigm shift for the scientific community.”
The Open Science talks aim to come up with a “soft law” by the end of this year that governments could use as a guide for setting science policies and systematically sharing data, software and research across borders, Persic said.
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Yay! UNESCO Open Science Recommendations are finalized by member states! This is a HUGE win for open access and open science! Thanks @UNESCO for this work, which, will lead to a paradigm shift in science for the good of humanity.
— COAR e. V. (@COAR_eV) May 11, 2021
30 minutes ago, Chair Lacoeuilhe provisionally gavelled the text of the @UNESCO @openscience Recommendation after intensive but hugely constructive negotiations over 1 week. Excellent cooperation of experts and diplomats in this purely digital context. Huge breakthrough! pic.twitter.com/sgIm3vvb1W
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