The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is the world’s only global, multi-stakeholder effort to improve the flow of information within science and between science, policymakers, funders and the public. This effort, which is nearing its third full year of operation, was developed in partnership between the National Science Communication Institute (nSCI) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in early 2016. There is no other initiative like this, focusing on improving the entire landscape of research communication (from peer review to open access to publish or perish pressures in academia) by working together instead of separately through dozens of individual and often conflicting efforts.
As you will see in this report, OSI participants are beginning to understand how they might be able to work together as a global community on this issue. OSI2017 participants see eye to eye on the broad outlines of this challenge, and their reports—taken together with and building upon reports and recommendations from the OSI2016 conference—point to specific solutions that can be developed starting this year with minimal funding. Fully pursuing all the recommendations will require much more funding, but our hope is that we can get started now on a tight budget and build from there.
On behalf of nSCI and OSI, thank you to our sponsors who have made this work possible, and to OSI participants who have contributed so much of their time and energies to this important effort.
Program Director, OSI
Formatted and edited versions of papers from OSI2017 will be published by Mason Press by mid-October and re-posted in this space. Please stay tuned, and sorry for the delay. In the meantime, manuscript versions of these papers appear in the appendix of the OSI2017 summary report (see above link). Two sets of papers were produced this year—one addressing workgroup challenges, and another addressing stakeholder-specific ideas and concerns. The objective of these papers, unlike OSI2016 papers, was not to detail the full landscape of perspectives, but to create a first draft of a roadmap for moving forward as a broad stakeholder community.