Izobraževanje za podatkovne skrbnike na Univerzi na Dunaju

On 10 June 2022, the EU research ministers adopted three sets of guidelines for international cooperation in research and innovation, for the promotion of open science policies and for the implementation of European missions.

In its Conclusions on Open Science the Council proposes joint action across the European Research Area, with an emphasis on:

  • reforming research assessment,
  • building capacity for academic publishing and scholarly communication,
  • and promoting multilingualism for greater visibility of EU research results.

Improvements in these three areas will increase the attractiveness of research careers, facilitate scientific collaboration and bring science closer to the general public.

With respect to the evaluation of research activity, the Council recognizes that evaluation systems should focus on quality and impact. It cautions that existing evaluation systems often focus too much on the use of a few quantitative indicators based on journals and publications and on a narrow assessment of research results. Such an approach can have a negative impact on the quality of research, its reproducibility and integrity. Assessment should include other research outputs and processes (including research data, software, computer code, methods, protocols and patents) and encourage collaboration and early knowledge sharing, which would accelerate the implementation of open science policies and practices.

The Council also believes that acting in accordance with the principles of open science should be appropriately rewarded in research careers. This should take into account career diversity and all research and innovation activities, including mentoring, leadership, entrepreneurship, data management, teaching, knowledge assessment, industry-academia collaboration, support for evidence-based research policy and interactions with the society, including citizen science and popular science engagement.

A month later, a research assessment reform was announced by Science Europe, an association of European research funders that includes the Slovenian Research Agency. Science Europe will begin collecting signatures in support of the reform on 28 September 2022, during the European Research and Innovation Days.

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