Open Scientific Infrastructure: in Search of a Development Model discussion at the Gaidar Forum

On January 14, the expert discussion, Open Scientific Infrastructure: in Search of a Development Model, took place as part of the Gaidar Forum 2017 at RANEPA.

The session participants included Daniel O'Donnell, Professor of English at the University of Lethbridge and Chief Handbook Negotiator at the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association; Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communication at the Curtin University Centre for Culture and Technology and President of FORCE11; Lynn Woolfrey, Manager of the University of Cape Town DataFirst Data Service; Oksana Medvedeva, Head of RANEPA Department of Scientific and Informational Development; José Manuel Barrueco, Founder of CitEc and Open Access Projects Manager at the University of Valencia; Natalia Manola, OpenAIRE Project Manager at the University of Athens; Vanderlei Perez Canhos, President and Director of the Reference Center on Environmental Information (CRIA); Mark Akoyev, Head of the Scientometrics Laboratory at the Ural Federal University; Denis Kosyakov, Deputy Director of Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics; Alexey Skalaban, Director of the Scientific Library at Belarusian National Technical University; Dmitry Semyachkin, Founder and Head of the CiberLeninka Open Electronic Library; Aleksey Shapligin, Head of the National University Rating Project at Interfax; and Mikhail Sergeyev, Development Director of CiberLeninka.

The experts discussed gradual progress toward greater transparency and openness of research results, and ways to support a higher level of transparency. They considered infrastructure development in the local context and the world at large and concluded that the budding technology revolution provides a major benefit of completely new communication tools. The scientific environment has become more transparent and enables research communities to exercise self-regulation. This in turn allows the government to cut expenses and and improve the efficiency of research. “Why have we started to worry about this right now? Because the Internet has changed the world, and the key change is the technical simplification of work and communication,” Cameron Neylon said.

Another expert suggested that the open infrastructure concept is not sufficiently widespread in Russia; yet there are some changes. “There is an understanding that scientific studies should be publicly available,” Denis Kosyakov said. “Russia has a rich heritage, as far as infrastructures are concerned, but this has a downside along with the upside.”

The participants further discussed the possibility of creating a shared repository – an open infrastructure where information will belong to everybody, not a specific owner. “Everyone will be the owner.”

Organizers of the Gaidar Forum: “The Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration” (RANEPA), The Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy (Gaidar Institute) and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR).

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