Embracing the Future: Open Science in the U.S. Federal Context and Beyond

Embracing the Future: Open Science in the U.S. Federal Context and Beyond 900 506 Open and Universal Science (OPUS) Project

In the rapidly evolving landscape of scientific research, the principles of openness, collaboration, and transparency are becoming increasingly vital. The recent collaboration between the Center for Open Science (COS) and NASA exemplifies this ethos, culminating in a groundbreaking conference scheduled for March 21 and 22, 2024. This event, which is open to all at no cost, promises to be a pivotal moment for the scientific community, as it delves into the outcomes and future prospects stemming from the 2023 Year of Open Science (YOS).

The agenda for the conference is packed with diverse sessions designed to appeal to a broad audience. From plenary sessions featuring distinguished speakers to lightning talks providing quick insights, attendees can expect a rich tapestry of discussions covering various facets of open science.

One of the highlighted sessions, titled “Reflections on a Year of Open Science,” promises to offer a comprehensive overview of the initiatives and achievements realized during the YOS. Speakers Ana Persic of UNESCO, Maryam Zaringhalam from the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Chelle Gentemann of NASA will provide invaluable insights into the progress made and the path forward. Moderated by Lisa Cuevas Shaw of COS and Alison Parker from the Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program, this session sets the tone for reflection and strategic planning.

Another session, “The Critical Roles of Grassroots Initiatives and Communities,” underscores the importance of bottom-up approaches in driving the adoption of open science practices. With speakers representing diverse grassroots movements and communities, including Gathering for Open Science Hardware and PREreview, attendees will gain a deeper appreciation for the power of collective action in fostering openness and inclusivity in research.

NASA’s contributions to the open science movement are also prominently featured, with sessions focusing on advances in research evaluation and ongoing activities within US federal agencies. These discussions, led by experts such as Eva Méndez, Haley Hazlett, and Caitlin Carter, highlight the agency’s commitment to embracing open science principles and fostering collaboration on a global scale.

Moreover, the conference addresses critical issues such as open source scientific hardware, transparency across the research lifespan, and the security of open science software and data. By convening experts from academia, industry, and government, these sessions aim to chart a course towards a more transparent, equitable, and secure research ecosystem.

The conference organizers have extended invitations to a diverse array of stakeholders, including funders, university leaders, policymakers, and members of the research community. This inclusive approach underscores the importance of collective action in advancing the principles of open science.

As we look towards the future, it is clear that embracing open science is not merely an option but a necessity. By fostering collaboration, transparency, and inclusivity, we can unlock the full potential of scientific research and address some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. The COS-NASA conference represents a crucial step forward on this journey, providing a platform for dialogue, reflection, and collective action. Whether you are a seasoned researcher, a policymaker, or simply passionate about the future of science, this event promises to inspire and inform. Register now to be a part of this transformative moment in the history of science.

Register for free here.

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