Open Science Outlook 1: Status and trends around the world

Open Science Outlook 1: Status and trends around the world 421 609 Open and Universal Science (OPUS) Project

The landscape of open science is evolving worldwide, but not without its challenges and disparities. The findings presented in the UNESCO Open Science Outlook emphasize the imperative for unified global efforts and a collective evaluation grounded in the values of open science, emphasizing mutual respect and collaboration.

Open science, beyond its many advantages, holds the potential to fortify trust in science by championing justice, inclusion, societal engagement, and diverse contributions. Nevertheless, persistent obstacles, such as restricted access to infrastructure, conflicting incentives, and cultural resistance, hinder its progress.

International collaboration emerges as a cornerstone for cultivating an environment conducive to open science, transcending resource disparities. The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science outlines seven pivotal areas for action, offering a structural framework to revolutionize the scientific landscape. These actions encompass fostering a culture of open science, creating supportive policy environments, investing in resources, infrastructure, and capacity, promoting innovation, and fostering international collaborations.

Adaptability is key for open science to thrive amidst technological advancements, societal needs, and scientific progress. A collective adherence to shared values and principles is paramount for a transformative journey towards an inclusive, collaborative, and impactful research ecosystem, ensuring responsible knowledge use and dissemination for the benefit of all.

The growing conversation around open science is underscored by global momentum, necessitating a shared understanding and community-driven initiatives. Building capacity, recognizing and rewarding open science efforts, and developing metrics to measure impact are critical components of this transformative process.

As nations and institutions grapple with developing policies and frameworks for open science, the UNESCO Recommendation serves as a guiding framework. With the right awareness and support, a new generation of researchers valuing openness and collaboration can emerge, fostering coalitions and communities centered around open science.

International collaboration and knowledge exchange are fundamental for meaningful and equitable open science initiatives. The UNESCO Partnerships on Open Science exemplify a transparent, inclusive, and accessible multi-stakeholder approach to implementing the 2021 Recommendation.

In conclusion, the UNESCO Open Science Outlook serves as a valuable resource for navigating the global landscape of open science. By embracing its fundamental values, the transformation to open science can catalyze a research renaissance, addressing global challenges while ensuring responsible knowledge dissemination for the benefit of all.

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