Open Science | The New Dawn of Research Movement

ARTICLES | Nov 01, 2022
Open Science | The New Dawn of Research Movement

Restricting access is vital to confidentiality and data security. But connecting knowledge around the world that can bring enormous benefits. The Dubai Future Foundation predicts that equal access to global research data could become a reality by 2050.

 

The Open Science movement gathers information on science, social sciences, humanities, and others - in print, data, samples, and software - to be published and accessed online free of charge. This increases the chances that the original studies will be seen, contributed to, and cited by other researchers. This is especially true in the medical and psychology fields, where understanding and interpreting results are always crucial. Research topics should be defined following trends among global researchers. Making research accessible and usable will add an estimated $3 trillion annually to the global economy. There are currently many efforts to make this claim a reality, such as the creation of an open research upload platform and knowledge exchange partnerships.

 

Although in the long-term, an open research database will help researchers achieve their educational goals more quickly, more effectively, and more equal, the near-term impacts provide too little incentive for organizations or institutions to attempt to achieve that goal. Payment of membership and access fees is a form of holder's income. Platform owners can also control and screen research that will come to their space. Not to mention sensitive issues such as information that could threaten government security and facts that should not be disclosed to the public yet.

 

 

Implications for the future:

- Data liberalization will help governments and organizations to forecast and make better strategic decisions.

- Asymmetric information models or unequal access to information may play a minor role in business compared to now. Companies that profit from having a close database, such as insurance and financial services, may need to adjust and seek new business models.

- Finding a balance between security, personalization, efficacy, and privacy will be a critical challenge in the future.

 

 

Reference:

- Future Opportunities Report: The Global 50 https://www.dubaifuture.ae/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/Future-Opportunities-Report-TheGlobal50-English.pdf

- UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379949.locale=en

- Closing the knowledge-action gap in conservation with open science https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13835

- Open science reforms: Strengths, challenges, and future directions https://doi.org/10.1080/00461520.2021.1901709

- The fall of the innovation empire and its possible rise through open science https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2021.104226

- From old school to open science: The implications of new research norms for educational psychology and beyond https://doi.org/10.1080/00461520.2021.1898961

 

 

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