[Taxacom] UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz biotemail at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 04:41:30 CST 2020

Dear Taxacomers,
Please note that the questionnaire for inputs into the development of the
UNESCO Open Science Recommendation is available online here (
and here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N958HFW).

In the context of pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges,
sustainable and innovative solutions must be supported by an efficient,
transparent and vibrant scientific effort - not only stemming from the
scientific community, but from the whole society. Open Science embodies the
need to transform and democratize the entire scientific process to ensure
that science truly drives and enables the achievement of the United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals for the benefits of all.

Driven by unprecedented advances in our digital world, the transition to
Open Science allows scientific information, data and outputs to be more
widely accessible (Open Access) and more reliably harnessed (Open Data)
with the active engagement of all relevant stakeholders (Open to Society).
However, in the fragmented scientific and policy environment, a global
understanding of the meaning, opportunities and challenges of Open Science
is still missing.

UNESCO, as the United Nations Agency with a mandate for Science, is the
legitimate global organization enabled to build a coherent vision of Open
Science and a shared set of overarching principles and shared values. That
is why, at the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference, 193 Member
States tasked the Organization with the development of an international
standard-setting instrument on Open Science in the form of a UNESCO
Recommendation on Open Science.

UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science will be prepared through a regionally
balanced, multistakeholder, inclusive and transparent consultation process.
This process is guided by an Open Science Advisory Committee and is
expected to lead to the adoption of the Recommendation by UNESCO Member
States in 2021.

As UNESCO launches its consultation process on Open Science, an online
survey is designed to conduct inputs from all the regions and the
interested stakeholders, about aspects, benefits and challenges of Open
Science across the globe.

All Open Science stakeholders, including scientists and scientific
institutes, science publishers, science policy makers etc., are encouraged
to participate and  to share their insights trough a global survey
<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N958HFW>. In addition, you can help the
collection of a broader perspective on Open Science by sharing this survey
among your network.

The questionnaire is also available for download
It can be filled offline and sent to us by email at: openscience at unesco.org
(link sends e-mail) <openscience at unesco.org>.

I wonder if some day we will pair the Codes of Nomenclature with Open
Science and mandate that all new names and nomenclatural acts, to be
available, have to be published open access. Names form the basis of our
biodiversity informatics services and they shouldn't continue to be born in
paywalled publications. We are the keepers of scientific names and taxon
descriptions. We should strive for them to be accessible.

Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
FI-20014 University of Turku
ResearchGate profile
Myriapod Morphology and Evolution

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