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Government of Canada Roadmap for Open Science

Posted on: Mar 6, 2020

The Government of Canada has published the Roadmap for Open Science. You can download a PDF of this document here.

This document describes the position of the GoC as it relates to making “…Canadian science open to all, maximizing the benefits of well-being, health and economy of our country”.

Does this apply to me?

If you receive funds from the Federal Government (e.g., Tri-Agency -SSHRC or NSERC, or other), this will apply to you directly. If you do not receive funds from the Federal Government, it will also indirectly apply to you, as CUE works towards maintaining and expanding eligibility for Tri-Agency funding.

Will it affect day-to-day activities of my research?

Yes.

If you receive funds from the Federal Government (e.g., Tri-Agency -SSHRC or NSERC, or other), this will result in changes to contracts and research grants, and establish additional requirements for handling of data from these research activities.

If you do not receive funds from the Federal Government, it may still imply changes to your research activities. It is important for you to learn about this and adopt applicable elements as good research practices.

From their website:

The objective of the Roadmap for Open Science is to provide overarching principles and recommendations to guide Open Science* activities in Canada. The recommendations are intended for science and research funded by federal government departments and agencies.

Why Open Science

Open Science makes scientific information available to all. The benefits include:

Ensuring Accountability: Open Access to scientific research outputs provides greater accountability to taxpayers and research funders.

Increasing Reproducibility: Open Science enables the scientific community to evaluate the reproducibility of scientific results.

Creating Open Engagement: Open and accessible science fosters public dialogue about, understanding of, and public confidence in, science.

Reducing Duplication: Open Science minimizes duplication of efforts and enables more efficient and effective use of research investments.

Creating Opportunities for Impact: Open Science accelerates the discovery process by allowing others to build on previously validated discoveries and research contributions and to create opportunities for innovation and prosperity.

Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion: Open Science creates opportunities to benefit from the diversity of knowledge systems and perspectives.

Accelerating Knowledge Transfer: Open Science reduces delays in the sharing and re-use of scientific information.

Building Synergies with International and Domestic Open Science Movements: Governments around the world are embracing Open Science. Canada has an opportunity to be a part of this movement to shape the global vision of Open Science.