This year open science was a much-discussed topic amongst researchers, policy makers and politicians. It’s a new research paradigm, facing many challenges. By increasing the openness, integrity and reproducibility of scientific research, the advocates of open science aim to bring science further. The Netherlands is one of the countries that plays an active role in the transition phase and much awareness has already been created. But it’s a long and bumpy road.
Frank Miedema, Dean and Vice-President of the Executive Board UMC Utrecht, strongly emphasises the importance of open science. He likes to discuss how science is organized, the way knowledge is shared and the way tools and services are embedded for data storage. As a member of consortiums such as the League of European Research Universities (LERU) and Health RI, Miedema teams up to develop a common roadmap for a new Research Infrastructure in The Netherlands and the EU.
“We are brought up with the idea that the data you have obtained is yours. But in reality we want to share it, to take science a step further”, explains Miedema. “The different issues that arise when we talk about sharing data with others, obviously gives friction. Who will get the credits and will you still be able to move on at your own pace, are justified questions. But in the end we all know things need to be organised differently, to take the necessary big step. And all this takes time. Before we have an infrastructure that everyone supports, we are so ten or fifteen years on."