by Philip Campbell, Editor-in-Chief of Nature
The report analyses the impact of new and emerging technologies that are transforming the conduct and communication of research. The recommendations are designed to improve the conduct of science, respond to changing public expectations and political culture and enable researchers to maximise the impact of their research. They are designed to ensure that reproducibility and self-correction are maintained in an era of massive data volumes. They aim to stimulate the communication and collaboration where these are needed to maximise the value of data-intensive approaches to science.
Action is needed to maximise the exploitation of science in business and in public policy. But not all data are of equal interest and importance. Some are rightly confidential for commercial, privacy, safety or security reasons. There are both opportunities and financial costs in the full presentation of data and metadata.
Role of research councils
The report recommends that Research Councils should improve the communication of research data from the projects they fund by recognising those who could maximise usability and good communication of their data; by including the costs of preparing data and metadata for curation as part of the costs of the research process; and by working with others to ensure the sustainability of datasets.
With both the Royal Society’s Foreign Secretary and one of its Working Group members on the Science as an open enterprise report in Sao Paulo at the same time, this would be an excellent opportunity to engage FAPESP and Brazil’s wider research community on this important and increasingly urgent agenda.
Date and time:
February 28th, 13:30 to 16:00
FAPESP – Rua Pio XI, 1500 – Alto da Lapa - SP
Free registration: www.fapesp.br/eventos/scienceOpenEnterprise/registration
Tel: (11) 3838.4216
Pio Park – Rua Pio XI, 1320
Tonimar – Rua Jorge Americano, 89