Open Science is the practice of science in such a way that others can collaborate and contribute, where research data, lab notes and other research processes are freely available, under terms that enable reuse, redistribution and reproduction of the research and its underlying data and methods.
The Board of IDSI has decided that it be represented by its Director, initially with observer status, in the newly formed EOSC Association, which works with the European Commission to promote its Open Science policies.
The EOSC Association was established as a legal entity on 29th July 2020 with four founding members: GÉANT, CESAER, CSIC and GARR. The Association will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission to progress the EOSC partnership, which will bring together all relevant stakeholders to co-design and deploy a European Research Data Commons where data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR), and also as open as possible.
The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) initiative will offer researchers a virtual environment with open and seamless services for storage, management, analysis and re-use of research data, across borders and scientific disciplines by federating existing data infrastructures.
EOSC is being co-created in a series of funded projects and initiatives from Member States and Associated Countries.
The EOSC, and the general trends endorsing Open Science, will impact the Israeli research community as it participates in the Horizon research platforms.
A closely related enterprise is being led locally by the Israeli National Open Access Desk (NOAD) of OpenAIRE which is currently sponsored by Bar-Ilan University.
We believe that IDSI has an important role to play in implementing, within Israeli academia and research organizations, those policies of the international Open Science movement that will benefit society as a whole. This implementation is especially relevant to those organizations that are publicly funded, either directly or through local and international government research grants.