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Young Academies of Europe release position statements on Open Data and Open Access

The Young Academies of Europe and the Global Young Academy have released two statements concerning Open Data and Open Access.

Representing the Young Academy of Scotland, Ian Overton, co-lead of the Open Data Working Group contributed to both these statements.  They will be presented to the European Commission on Monday, 4 April 2016, at the Open Science Conference in Amsterdam.

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The Open Data group hosted a panel debate on Friday on the theme of 'Open Data in Government, Innovation and Research'. The panelists were:

- Geoffrey Boulton OBE, FRS, FRSE Chair, Royal Society Policy Report on 'Science as an Open Enterprise'
- David Carr Policy Adviser, The Wellcome Trust
- William St. Clair FBA, FRSL Author of 'The Political Economy of Reading' and chairman of Open Book Publishers
- Roger Halliday Chief Statistician at the Scottish Government
- Donald Taylor Lead Software Specialist at Selex ES

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Chair of the YAS Open Data Working Group to speak at a workshop on "The Value of Open Science"

Ian Overton was recently interviewed (on 26th September) as part of a study funded by ESRC on Open Science and Innovation led by Dr Sabina Leonelli and Professor John Dupre at the University of Exeter, as well as Professor David Castle at the University of Edinburgh. The study focussed on 'the meanings and consequences of openness .. and whether the recent emphasis on openness by the UK government has any effect on how actual scientific work gets carried out.'

In connection with the above, Ian has accepted an invitation to speak at a workshop "The Value of Open Science" in Exeter on the 12th/13th December.

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Members of the Open Data working group made a response to the HEFCE call for advice on developing the four UK funding bodies’ joint policy on open access in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). This is anticipated to inform development of consultation proposals on implementing an open access requirement in the next REF exercise; and of course adds to the ongoing debate around open access to research articles and related datasets. Thanks again to the group for all the hard work and time invested.

The submitted response is available at the link below, where any further comments can be easily added (no sign-in required) - and would be gladly received.

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