Earlier this month, the EC held a public consultation on open access to research data in Brussels inviting statements from a range of stakeholders, who will play some role in revising the ECs policy and will help shape Horizon 2020. Five questions formed the basis of the discussion:
- How we can define research data and what types of research data should be open?
- When and how does openness need to be limited?
- How should the issue of data re-use be addressed?
- Where should research data be stored and made accessible?
- How can we enhance “data awareness” and a “culture of sharing”?
These are key questions every researcher should have an interest in. You can see the responses of the Open Knowledge Foundation here and learn more about the EC debates around research data open access mandates.