In the face of rising global competition and increased funding for science, mathematics, engineering and technology, researchers across the spectrum need to develop interdisciplinary collaborations to tackle pressing societal challenges, a conglomerate of scientists declares in a new report.
The Science as an open enterprise report highlights the need to grapple with the huge deluge of data created by modern technologies in order to preserve the principle of openness and to exploit data in ways that have the potential to create a second open science revolution.
Exploring massive amounts of data using modern digital technologies has enormous potential for science and its application in public policy and business. The report maps out the changes that are required by scientists, their institutions and those that fund and support science if this potential is to be realized.
Six key areas for action are highlighted in the report:
Scientists need to be more open among themselves and with the public and media
Greater recognition needs to be given to the value of data gathering, analysis and communication
Common standards for sharing information are required to make it widely usable
Publishing data in a reusable form to support findings must be mandatory
More experts in managing and supporting the use of digital data are required
New software tools need to be developed to analyze the growing amount of data being gathered
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