Promoting a shift to open science

It is generally accepted that outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available not only to researchers, but also to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public. 

The two major Open Access (OA) elements are OA for publications and OA for research data. These issues are under active consideration by a number of international initiatives. 

In this regard, aResearch Data Alliance  (EU-US-Australia) has been formed and held itsinaugural meeting on March 20th, 2013. The RDA alliance was formed initially by three research funding organisations:

  • the Australian Commonwealth Government through the Australian National Data Service (
  • the European Commission through the iCordi project (
  • the United States of America through the RDA/US activity of the National Science Foundation (

The goal of the alliance is to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research, data sharing and exchange, use and re-use, standards harmonisation for specific communities and across scientific disciplines.

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