DFG position paper: open science as part of the scientific culture

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In its position paper Open Science als Teil der Wissenschaftskultur – Positionierung der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft, the DFG lists four basic conditions for the success of open science: the preservation of scientific freedom, good scientific practice as a framework, as well as the consideration of applicable law and, finally, that science-driven governance must also be provided for the infrastructures for Open Science.

Opportunities for open science

In the DFG's view, compliance with these basic conditions with regard to Open Science can offer the following opportunities for science:

  • the improvement of research processes
  • increased transparency, including for the replication of research
  • support for equal access to scientific information
  • the strengthening of scientific cooperation
  • innovations are facilitated

Challenges in implementing open science

However, a comprehensive implementation of open science also involves dealing with a number of challenges. These include the danger of rising prices in the publication sector or the dependence of science on the services of large corporations. Furthermore, in view of an expected increase in the number of publications of research results, comprehensive quality assurance must be guaranteed. At the same time, regulations must be put in place to prevent the problematic commercialisation of open scientific practice.

What is the DFG doing to implement open science?

The DFG is actively involved in the transformation towards an open science system by funding open access and building (publication, data and software) infrastructures for open science. With the Action Plan for Diamond Open Access, it supports the science-driven expansion of publication infrastructures. It also participates in national and international discussions on the further development of open science and is involved, among other things, in the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). However, the DFG emphasises that the realisation of open science is a cross-state and cross-system task.

The position paper "Open Science als Teil der Wissenschaftskultur – Positionierung der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft" can be found at the following link on zenodo.org: https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7193838

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