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  5. <title>The FSFE asks for more Free Software and Open Standards in Open Science</title>
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  8. <h1>The FSFE asks for more Free Software and Open Standards in Open Science</h1>
  9. <p>The Free Software Foundation Europe calls for Free
  10. Software and Open Standards to be considered as a vital part of Open
  11. Science for all publicly-funded research in Europe. You can help us by
  12. sharing our position paper. Read more about the position paper and how
  13. you can promote Free Software in science.</p>
  14. <p>Today, the FSFE publishes and submits to the European Commission
  15. its <a href="/activities/policy/eu/Horizon2020-Position-Paper.en.html">Position
  16. paper for the endorsement of Free Software and Open Standards in Horizon2020</a>,
  17. as part of the ongoing <a href="">public consultation</a> on the
  18. midterm evaluation of Horizon 2020.</p>
  19. <p>The position paper gives key recommendations for the midterm evaluation
  20. of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever
  21. with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).</p>
  22. <p>The results of this consultation will help the European Commission
  23. to set the scene for future discussions on the post-2020 EU research
  24. and innovation funding programmes. The FSFE considers this public consultation
  25. of paramount importance and wishes to put forward its suggestions regarding
  26. Free Software and Open Standards in Horizon2020 or any other EU research
  27. and innovation funding programmes in the future.</p>
  28. <p>In order to safeguard a sustainable future of scientific and technological
  29. innovation in Europe and worldwide, the FSFE makes the following recommendations
  30. to the European Commission:</p>
  31. <ol>
  32. <li><p>Open Standards should be preferred for all knowledge exchange,
  33. and in particular for the dissemination of scientific publications and
  34. the archival of all articles, data, and software used in scientific
  35. research. The use of Open Standards in data and software repositories
  36. and Data Management Plans (DMPs) concerning the Horizon 2020 publications, is
  37. necessary to ensure data preservation and Open Science. Research
  38. Funding Organisations should take the lead and foster changes of
  39. business models when dealing with research data.</p></li>
  40. <li><p>Software developed with public funding, and in particular in
  41. the framework of the Horizon2020 program should be mandatorily published
  42. under a Free Software licence.</p></li>
  43. <li><p>Software developed with public funding, and in particular in the
  44. framework of the Horizon2020 program should be mandatorily archived in
  45. a public software repository ensuring long term availability and persistent identification.</p></li>
  46. <li><p>Data and software repositories and Data Management Plans (DMPs)
  47. must employ Free Software in order to ensure unfettered access to their
  48. contents and long term preservation.</p></li>
  49. <li><p>Establish "Open Science" Prizes for the promotion of Open Science
  50. and raise awareness among stakeholders.</p></li>
  51. </ol>
  52. <p>Software is an integral part of almost every research project, enabling
  53. scientific progress. In Horizon 2020, most of the software used for scientific
  54. research is both acquired and developed in the auspices of public or public-private
  55. funding. Ensuring the accessibility to reuse, study, further develop and
  56. improve the software would be a catalyst for Open Science, fostering
  57. scientific cooperation, improving scientific processes, and benefiting
  58. society as a whole.</p>
  59. <p>A recent decision of EU ministers' provided that by 2020, all scientific
  60. publications on the results of publicly funded research in Europe must
  61. be freely available under Open Access. European Commission expliticly
  62. called free public access to publicly funded research "a vision of the
  63. future" of Open Science not only in Europe, but globally for the year 2030.</p>
  64. <p>If you are interested to learn more about the above FSFE's recommendations
  65. and the reasoning behind them, <a href="/activities/policy/eu/20170105-horizon2020-position-paper.pdf">read
  66. our full Position paper (pdf)</a>.</p>
  67. <h2>Help to spread the word</h2>
  68. <p>To find out more about how you can do that, please consult our
  69. <a href="">wiki page</a>. If your
  70. time is limited, but you still wish to contribute, <a href="">please check our 5 minutes instructions!</a> Every
  71. and each questionnaire submitted to the consultation makes a difference!</p>
  72. <p>We strongly encourage everyone to take part in the <a href="">consultation</a> and give weight to more Free Software and
  73. Open Standards in publicly-funded scientific research. <strong>The consultation
  74. is open for everyone and runs until 15.01.2017</strong>.</p>
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