The Netherlands Publishes National Plan for Open Science

10 February 2017

The Netherlands has published a National Plan for Open Science which was initiated by ten Dutch research organisations and Sander Dekker, the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Research. Together, they want to achieve 100% Open Access for research publications from every Dutch research organisation and domain. The plan sets out four key ambitions that aim to make science more accessible.

Four Key Ambitions

The Netherlands has published a National Plan for Open Science. This plan was initiated by ten Dutch research organisations and State Secretary Sander Dekker for Education, Culture and Research. The four key ambitions the Netherlands strives for are:

  • 100% open access to publications by 2020;
  • making research data ready for reuse;
  • to evaluate how Open Science can be a system of reward and evaluation for researchers;
  • to establish a ‘clearing house’ which would contain all relevant information for the support of researchers in every aspect of Open Science.

The plan builds on actions that the parties involved have already taken, and are planning to take, in order to achieve these goals.

Maintaining a Top Position

Under the Dutch Presidency, the Competitiveness Council concluded that European research should be publicly accessible. Free access to research publications and optimal reuse of publications must therefore become the norm. The National Open Science Plan is the next step to realize these ambitions in the Netherlands and to inspire other countries to follow suit.  

Timeline

With this plan the Netherlands responds to the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science published in 2016, the conclusions of the Competitiveness Council in May 2016, and the letter to the House of Representatives on the progress of Open Science by the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science of January 2017.

More information:
Publication TU Delft: Dutch National Plan for Open Science
Article Neth-ER: Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science
Publication Dutch Government: letter to the House of Representatives on the progress of Open Science   
Article Neth-ER: Interview Dekker on Open Access 2020
Article Neth-ER: Dutch Aim for Openness and Togetherness
Publication Dutch Government (in Dutch): Wetenschappelijk onderzoek volledig toegankelijk

 

 

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