EOSC-A signs Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information

The EOSC Association has joined more than 40 organisations worldwide as a signatory of the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information, which was launched today.

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The basic premise of the Declaration asserts that “the research information landscape requires fundamental change”.

The signatories of the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information therefore commit to taking a lead in transforming the way research information is used and produced: “Openness of information about the conduct and communication of research must be the new norm”.

The signatories of the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information make the following commitments:

  1. We will make openness the default for the research information we use and produce;
  2. We will work with services and systems that support and enable open research information;
  3. We will support the sustainability of infrastructures for open research information;
  4. We will support collective action to accelerate the transition to openness of research information.

More information and the full text of the Declaration can be found at barcelona-declaration.org.

About the Barcelona Declaration

The Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information was prepared by a group of over 25 research information experts, representing organizations that carry out, fund, and evaluate research, as well as organisations that provide research information infrastructures. The group met in Barcelona in November 2023 in a workshop hosted by SIRIS Foundation. The preparation of the Declaration was coordinated by Bianca Kramer (Sesame Open Science), Cameron Neylon (Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative, Curtin University), and Ludo Waltman (Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Leiden University).

List of signatories of the Barcelona Declaration as of 15 April 2024

Universities and other research performing organizations

  • Αthena Research Center (Greece)
  • Charles University (Czech Republic)
  • Coimbra Group (international)
  • Hamburg University of Technology (Germany)
  • I-CERCA – Centres de Recerca de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia – Ibict (Brazil)
  • Leiden University (Netherlands)
  • Museo Galileo. Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza (Italy)
  • Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg (Germany)
  • Sorbonne Université (France)
  • Spanish National Research Council – CSIC (Spain)
  • Udice – French Research Universities (France)
  • UnilLaSalle (France)
  • Universidad de Antioquia (Colombia)
  • Università di Bologna (Italy)
  • Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
  • Université Grenoble Alpes (France)
  • Université Le Havre Normandie (France)
  • Université Paris Saclay (France)
  • University of Coimbra (Portugal)
  • University of Groningen (Netherlands)
  • University of Maribor (Slovenia)
  • University of Milan (Italy)
  • University of Poitiers (France)
  • University of the Azores (Portugal)
  • University of the Balearic Islands (Spain)
  • University of Turku (Finland)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Research funding organizations and governments

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (US)
  • Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation – FCRI (Spain)
  • Dutch Research Council NWO (Netherlands)
  • French Open Science Committee (France)
  • French National Research Agency – ANR (France)
  • Fundació Internacional Josep Carreras (Spain)
  • Région Normandie (France)
  • Regione Toscana (Italy)
  • ZonMw (Netherlands)

Other organisations

  • Consorci de Serveis Universitaris de Catalunya – CSUC (Spain)
  • EOSC Association (international)
  • Latin American Council of Social Sciences – CLACSO (international)
  • National Open Research Analytics, Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • State Scientific and Technical Library of Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library (Germany)
  • UK Reproducibility Network – UKRN (UK)

In addition to the list of signatories above, a number of organizations providing data, services and infrastructure have declared their support of the Declaration. These include AmeliCA, Crossref, Curtin Open Knowledge Initiative (COKI), DataCite, EuropePMC, DOAB, DOAJ,  Europe PMC, Liberate Science GmbH, OAPEN, OpenCitations, OpenAIRE, OurResearch, Redalyc and ROR.

Organizations that would like to know more about the Declaration or that wish to sign the Declaration are welcome to reach out to contact@barcelona-declaration.org

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