Spain approves first national strategy for Open Science in advance of EU Council Presidency

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The Spanish government has approved its four-year National Open Science Strategy 2023-2027 (in Spanish). To prepare the strategy document, an assessment of the current strengths and weaknesses of the country’s Open Science profile was made, including possible opportunities and threats implicit in the strategy. In particular, the opportunities include actions in favour of Open Science advanced by the European Research Area (ERA) Policy Agenda, including the implementation of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the EC’s €94 billion framework program for research and innovation, Horizon Europe, and the creation of the Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment (CoARA).

The strategy details four strategic objectives. Foremost among them is to guarantee interoperable and robust digital infrastructures for Open Science in order to facilitate the integration of Spain’s national Open Science policy into the international ecosystem, including EOSC.

To achieve this objective, a medium-term measure will be taken to ensure the interoperability of all Open Science digital infrastructures to facilitate the integration of data and services into EOSC and secure the sustainability of the country’s Open Science initiatives. Specifically, an ‘Interoperability Plan’ for Open Science digital infrastructures will be developed in coordination with EOSC and OpenAIRE guidelines, the RECOLECTA repository certification services, the Standardised Curriculum Vitae (CVN), and the FECYT journal evaluation services.

Spain will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU from July to December 2023. Highlighted events taking place in Madrid this September will include the EOSC Association’s National Tripartite Event Spain, on 19 September, the EOSC Symposium, from 20-22 September, and Open Science Fair, 25-27 September.

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