[Taxacom] UNESCO Open Science Recommendation

Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz biotemail at gmail.com
Wed Mar 4 15:36:53 CST 2020

Hi Stephen,
What you have not understood is that:
1) by shifting from for-profit OA private publishing to non-profit OA
academic publishing we could cut OA expenses down by up to 1/3 of the
current expenses and
2) use those funds to actually produce more OA research or to maintain the
actual level while investing more on platform development.
Calm down, drink some ice tea and read my emails again. You will see that I
already explained 1 and 2. Of course that no technology can help us against
greed. That's why we have to fight it, no matter if it comes from private
publishers, from institutions or from unscrupulous scientists or managerial

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

El mié., 4 mar. 2020 a las 22:16, Stephen Thorpe (<
stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>) escribió:

> "In the context of pressing planetary and socio-economic challenges,"
> diverting $billions of public funds into OA/OS initiatives, so as to boost
> the profits of research institutions working with public money, is clearly
> one of the biggest con jobs of the 21st Century. It has to result in
> either:
> (1) less research being done with the same amount of public funding; or
> (2) more public funding being diverted to science to maintain the same
> level of research, funding which cannot therefore be spent on "pressing
> planetary and socio-economic challenges".
> Witness the subterfuges used by the wealthy half (third, quarter?) of
> humanity to further their own interests at the expense of the interests of
> "the outgroup"...
> Stephen
> On Wednesday, 4 March 2020, 10:41:59 am UTC, Carlos Alberto Martínez Muñoz
> via Taxacom <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu> wrote:
> Dear Taxacomers,
> Please note that the questionnaire for inputs into the development of the
> UNESCO Open Science Recommendation is available online here (
> https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-launches-global-consultation-develop-standard-setting-instrument-open-science
> )
> 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
> <
> https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/questionnaire_unesco_open_science.pdf
> >.
> 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.
> Regards,
> Carlos A. Martínez Muñoz
> Zoological Museum, Biodiversity Unit
> FI-20014 University of Turku
> Finland
> ResearchGate profile
> <https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Carlos_Martinez-Munoz>
> Myriapod Morphology and Evolution
> <https://www.facebook.com/groups/205802113162102/>
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