The seminar “Opportunities in Open Science” took place on 19 January at The National Library of Sweden. Jens Hjerling-Leffler represented the Young Academy of Sweden in the concluding dialogue and highlighted the importance of a solid peer review process to ensure quality and protect the standards of scholarly excellence.
Sustainable funding models are a requisite for Open Science (OS), to ensure peer review. Hjerling-Leffler pointed out that we also need to bear in mind that OS must be applied in a manner that fosters inclusion, e.g. also of researchers in low-income countries and younger researchers. OS must not become an overwhelming bureaucratic burden. Researchers themselves must be included in the implementation of OS. In general there are great opportunities with OS, for example as a way to make science more reliable, and in making datasets available for more scientific inquiries, Hjerling-Leffler emphasized.
At 13:57 see Jens Hjerling-Leffler, Associate Professor, Young Academy of Sweden. Fellow panelists: Eva-Marie Rigné, Research and Development Officer, Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SKL; Jan-Eric Sundgren, Senior Adviser, Association of Swedish Engineering Industries, Chair of The Foundation for the Young Academy of Sweden's Board and Annelies Wilder-Smith, Professor, Norrland University Hospital, Umeå University. Video: The National Library of Sweden
The seminar also brought into discussion the societal impact of research through transparency and openness and the sharing and re-use of data. It was mainly targeted at representatives from Grants offices at Swedish universities and research institutes, national experts and national contact points for Horizon 2020, Head of Units and programme managers at the Swedish research funding agencies and representatives from the Swedish government. The event also shared best practices and ideas on how to embrace and support open access to publications and research data from academia, business and public sector.