An analysis of national open data and open science policies in Europe: process and findings
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policy (n.) “a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed to officially by a group of people, or an organisation” The Digital Curation Centre (DCC) maintains a watching brief on funders’ research data management (RDM) policies. Since 2016 we have collaborated with SPARC Europe to extend our policy coverage to make it more comprehensive at a European level, and to broaden it to examine Open Research practice more generally. In March and May of 2017 we released two reports in quick succession: a crowdsourced Snapshot of Open Data and Open Science Policies, followed by an Analysis of European Open Data and Open Science Policies, which analysed the types of national policy in place in Europe, their processes of creation, and looked in detail at specifics such as type of policy, sponsoring body, coverage of sanctions and rewards, etc. We concentrated on the twenty-eight current EU member states, and also considered non-EU countries from the European Research Area (ERA), specifically Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. In order to gather our information we sought the assistance of contacts gained from involvement in European projects such as OpenAIRE and FOSTER to identify the status of national approaches to research data, and the processes by which these strategies were developed. This poster/ presentation will give an overview of the process and findings of this work.