The European Commission launched a public consultation on ‘˜Science 2.0’ , in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. ‘Science 2.0’ is understood as a systemic change in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science.
The three main objectives of the consultation are:
- to assess the degree of awareness amongst the stakeholders of the changing modus operandi,
- to assess the perception of the opportunities and challenges, and
- to identify possible policy implications and actions to strengthen the competitiveness of the European science and research system by enabling it to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Science 2.0.
The consultation aims to consult the stakeholders at large on key drivers, barriers, and opportunities that are transforming science and research.
European Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner MÃ¡ire Geoghegan-Quinn said:
Science 2.0 is revolutionising the way we do science ‘“ from analysing and sharing data and publications to cooperating across the globe. It is also allowing citizens to join in the search for new knowledge. The whole scientific process is becoming more transparent and efficient, but this also poses questions about integrity and quality ‘“ so we want to hear people’s views on how we can guarantee that Science 2.0 develops in a way that is positive for Europe.
Neelie Kroes, Commission Vice-President responsible for the Digital Agenda, said:
Now digital technology and tools offer the chance for a new transformation: improving research and innovation and making them more relevant for citizens and society. We are moving towards open, digital science ‘“ a trend that is gradual but unstoppable. That trend, and the desire to embrace it, comes, not from politicians, but from the scientific and academic communities themselves. And I am determined to support it.”