Open Science 
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Open Science means making all steps in the research cycle open, sharing data, publications, tools, results, methodologies, infrastructures and good practices.
Open Science is a broad concept that includes every aspect of research, including Open Access to publications (articles, conference proceedings, books or book chapters).

Principles of Open Science

  • Knowledge is a common good: if research is publicly funded, open science is a duty to citizens
  • Sustainability, collaboration, sharing and inclusion must be the pillars on which research is based
  • Open science promotes research ethics, understood as transparency in the process of producing scientific results
  • Research results (data and publications) must be managed and distributed according to FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) principles that enable their discovery, access, interoperability and reuse by other researchers
  • Open science encourages the circulation of knowledge and cooperation between science and civil society, so-called Citizen Science. By sharing skills and knowledge, businesses, universities and citizens become part of the same innovation process, fostering economic growth and the transformation of research results into products and services with benefits for society as a whole.

Citizen Science is an aspect of Open Science that is gaining increasing prominence, with the aim of making science an increasingly participatory, inclusive and transparent process where motivated citizens, albeit not experts, are actively involved in scientific research (observations, data collection, measurements, analysis, communication of results).

The transparent and immediate sharing of research results makes it possible to transform knowledge into products and services, which is the underlying principle of Open Innovation, i.e., an approach that the European Commission considers strategic for economic and cultural growth with clear benefits for all players involved (funding bodies, companies, universities).

In order for Open Science to effectively become the new research standard, the European Commission is aiming at implementing the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), a technological ecosystem based on existing infrastructures whose objective is to provide researchers, innovators, companies and citizens with a federated and open multidisciplinary environment in which they can publish, find and re-use data, tools and services for research and innovation.

Open Science Promotion Plan

Ca' Foscari University of Venice supports the dissemination of Open Science.
For this reason, the University has planned the development and implementation of a Training Plan for PhD students, Researchers and Lecturers.
The programme was drawn up by the University Library System and the Research Area on the basis of a number of priorities and inputs that emerged from the reference and research support activities conducted in particular in 2021. The Plan brings together the actions that can be implemented in the course of 2022 and forms the basis for the implementation of a path of further development to be carried out in the next three years.
The programme consists of a calendar of training and a programme of informative video pills on Open Science topics ("SoS: Soccorso Open Science").
The training sessions are in Italian. The updated calendar can be found at the webpage Scienza aperta [ITA].

Useful tools for Open Science

"S-légami!" Open Access - Manuale d'uso per i ricercatori [ITA] (User's Guide for Researchers) is the handbook collecting the answers to the 100 most frequently asked questions by researchers on Open Science – the result of the collaboration of the APRE Working Group dedicated to Open Science, Open Access and Open Data. is a new portal dedicated to Open Science and Open Access to the results of scientific research, where you can find general information, training material, news and updates, news of events related to the Open Science movement with an international perspective and a specific focus on Italy.
Specific resources are provided for different types of users: researchers, research organisations, funding bodies, citizens.

The Dizionario della scienza aperta [ITA] (Dictionary of Open Science) is an initiative of AISA (Italian Association for the Promotion of Open Science), created with the aim of periodically publishing short informative entries on the vocabulary of Open Science also in order to counter inaccuracies and falsehoods about the world of open knowledge.
The first entries published are about hybrid journal, double dipping, transformative agreements, right of republication, open, openness.

Published by the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research, the plan [ITA] lays the foundations for the full implementation of open science in Italy and is presented as a policy document that urges Italy to guarantee open access to research production tools, to support the open-source of calculation codes, and to ensure that all researchers have access to the necessary calculation services. Its objectives include developing transparent processes, enhancing research activity, verifiability and integrity of results, and proper scientific communication.

Last update: 27/02/2023