The opening plenary session of the FAIR Convergence Symposium appraised the state of Open Science in 2020. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle and Ana Persic discussed the draft UNESCO recommendation and efforts to encourage Open Science and reporting on progress from member states. Peter Gluckman and Geoffrey Boulton underlined the strategic importance of Open Science for the International Science Council and in particular activities, like the African Open Science platform to develop south-south cooperation on research infrastructures. Jean-Claude Burgelman spoke of the tipping point towards the internet of FAIR data and services and the importance of cooperation on a Global Open Science Cloud. The recording of the session may be viewed here.
This theme will be developed further, starting with Plenary Session 2: Convergence for Global Open Science Infrastructures (Mon 30 Nov at 11:00 UTC).
In that panel session, we will hear from major Open Science platform and infrastructure initiatives across the Asia and Pacific region (Mazlan Othman, ISC Office for Asia and Pacific, watch prerecording), in China (LI Jianhui, on the Global Open Science Cloud cooperation project and the China Science and Technology Cloud), in Australia (Rosie Hicks, on the Australian Research Data Commons), in Europe (Karel Luyben on the European Open Science Cloud), in Africa (Tshiamo Motshegwa on the SADC Cyberinfrastructure and the African Open Science Cloud), and in the US (Bob Hanisch on the NIST Research Data Framework). Some further information about the speakers and topics is available here.
This overview will be followed by two parallel sessions on Tuesday 1 December.
Mobilizing the Global Open Science Cloud (GOSC) Initiative: Priority, Progress and Partnership (Tue 1 Dec, 11:00 UTC) will introduce the Chinese Academy of Science funded international cooperation project to encourage collaboration, alignment and interoperability between regional Open Science cloud and platform initiatives. We invite input and contributions as we build cooperation to help respond to the UNESCO Recommendation. The project will form a key part of the ISC CODATA Decadal Programme ‘Making Data Work for Cross-Domain Grand Challenges’.
A Research Data Framework RDaF: Invitation to International Cooperation will continue this discussion and examine to what extent the Research Data Framework can be useful contribution to cooperation and alignment.
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