Thanks to David Bruggeman’s Dec. 8, 2015 posting on his Pasco Phronesis blog, I’ve gotten some details about the European Union’s (EU) Open Science Policy Platform and about a science, technology and arts programme to connect artists with scientists (Note: Links have been removed),
Recently the European Commission’s [EC] Directorate-General for Research and Development announced the development of an Open Science Policy Platform. In the European Commission context, Open Science is one of its Digital Government initiatives, but this Policy Platform is not technical infrastructure. It is a communications mechanism for stakeholders in open access, new digital tools for research and joint arts and research communities.
David goes on to contrast the open science situation in the US with the approach being taken in the EU. Unfortunately, I do not have sufficient knowledge of the Canadian open science scene to offer any opinion.
Getting back to Europe, there is some sort of a government document from the EC’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD [Research and Technological Development]) titled, New policy initiative: The establishment of an Open Science Policy Platform,
The Open Science Policy Platform will be governed by a Steering Group composed of top-leading individuals of (European) branch organisations with the required decision-power. DG RTD will seek to appoint individuals from the following stakeholder groups:
-academies of science;
-research funding bodies;
-research performing organisations;
-scientific publication associations;
-Open Science platforms and intermediaries;
The Open Science Policy Platform will advise the Commission on the development and implementation of open science policy on the basis of the draft European Open Science Agenda.
The steering group for this platform will be set up in early 2016 according to the undated document describing this new policy initiative.
Regarding the arts project mentioned earlier, it’s part of the European Union’s Digital Agenda for Europe, from the ICT (information and communication technology) and art – the StARTS platform webpage on the European Commission’s website,
Scientific and technological skills are not the only forces driving innovation. Creativity and the involvement of society play a major role in the innovation process and its endorsement by all. In this context, the Arts serve as catalysts in an efficient conversion of Science and Technology knowledge into novel products, services, and processes.
ICT can enhance our capacity to sense the world, but an artwork can reach audiences on intrinsic emotional levels.
The constant appropriation of new technologies by artists allows them to go further in actively participating in society. By using ICT as their medium of expression, artists are able to prototype solutions, create new products and make new economic, social and business models. Additionally, by using traditional mediums of expression and considering the potentials of ICT, they propose new approaches to research and education.
The European Commission recognised this by launching the Starts programme: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and the Arts (Starts) to foster the emergence of joint arts and research communities. It supported the ICT Art Connect study which lead the way to the StARTS initiative by revealing new evidence for the integration of the Arts as an essential and fruitful component within research and innovation in ICT.
A Call for a Coordination and support action (CSA) has been launched to boost synergies between artists, creative people and technologists under Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016/17.
You can find the Starts website here.