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Arqus Openness Position Paper

Kaier, Christian; Walter, Hildrun; Belaën, Florence; Boukacem-Zeghmouri, Chérifa; Díaz Urrutia, María; García Gil, María Angeles; García Sánchez, Pablo; Herbet, Marie-Emilia; Medzvieckaitė, Gintė; Ostrop, Jenny; Strømme, Tormod Eismann; Voigt, Pia; Weiner, Barbara; Zorzi, Michela; Apostolico, Mauro; Aubert, Yves; Juodė, Eglė; Le Bahers, Tangui; Mantelli, Barbara; Romero-Frías, Esteban

The Openness Position Paper published by the Arqus European University Alliance emphasises that Arqus institutions, in line with the policies, roadmaps and strategies of the EU and a wide range of stakeholders, are striving jointly to make further progress towards realising Open Science.

The Position Paper identifies and acknowledges aims and values of Open Science and relates them to values, principles, and standards shared by the Arqus Alliance, followed by a vision for a future with Open Science.

In the interest of a nuanced picture, the Position Paper discusses not only desired effects, but also possible areas of tension related to Open Science. It presents a wide range of specific aims and recommendations for each of the eleven elements of Open Science defined by the Arqus Openness Task Force:

  • Governance
  • Publications (including Open Access)
  • Data (including research data management, FAIR and Open Data)
  • Infrastructures (including support staff, Open Science software and tools, repositories, Open Labs)
  • Methods (including source code, preregistration, materials, workflows, protocols, lab notes)
  • Awareness and training (including education of early-stage researchers)
  • Evaluation (including Open Metrics, research assessment, Open Peer Review, rewards and incentives)
  • Communication (including multilingualism)
  • Citizen Science
  • Open Education
  • Open Innovation

The Position Paper concludes with an annex that highlights the progress already made in the implementation and support of Open Science practices at Arqus institutions.

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