In 2015, the European Commission recognised that a dialogue was needed among relevant stakeholders to support the development of Open Science for the benefits of the European research system. To tackle this issue, the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation set-up the Open Science Policy Platform [OSPP].
The members of the OSPP were selected and announced in May 2016 at the Competitiveness Council. The group consists of high-level representatives of the broad constituency of European (open) science stakeholders.
The mandate of the Open Science Policy Platform is to:
- advise the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy, in line with the priority of Commissioner Moedas to radically improve the quality and impact of European science
- function as a dynamic, stakeholder-driven mechanism for bringing up and addressing issues of concern for the European science and research community and its representative organisations, following five broad lines for actions which are presented in the draft European Open Science Agenda
- support policy formulation by helping to identify the issues to be addressed and providing recommendations on the policy actions required
- support policy implementation, contributing to reviewing best practices, drawing policy guidelines and encouraging their active uptake by stakeholders
- provide advice and recommendations on any cross-cutting issue affecting Open Science
Christophe Rossel, President of the European Physical Society [EPS], was selected to represent the Society in this new platform for a 24-months mandate.
The members of the Open Science Policy Platform will advise the European Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy. In support of policy formulation, the platform will help identify the issues to be addressed and provide recommendations to the Commission on the policy actions required. In support of effective policy implementation, it will contribute to reviewing best practices, drawing policy guidelines and encouraging their active uptake by stakeholders.
More information on the OSPP can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/openscience/index.cfm?pg=open-science-policy-platform