Open & Collaborative Science Manifesto

Network-based collaboration is allowing us to re-imagine scientific research as a more open and collaborative process. This is inspiring many open science initiatives: Open access is encouraging scientists to share
their data and research online. The open-source hardware movement is promoting
the independent design of technology. And citizen science projects are inviting
the general public to help scientists collect large amounts of data However, this model is not making science
a more inclusive and representative practice Many scientists around the world continue to be underrepresented and excluded from scientific research New technologies continue to exclude those
with limited digital rights And citizens rarely get to shape the research
agenda This model of open science is not challenging
the core values of science Instead, it is reproducing and amplifying
global inequalities in scientific research, defeating its purpose of making science more
open We need to ask ourselves what values have
been absent from existing discussions To whom does knowledge belong? Whose voice counts in science? And how can we increase people’s participation
and agency in scientific production? At OCSDNet, we engaged in a participatory
consultation with scientists, development practitioners and activists from 26 countries
in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia to understand what are the values
at the core of open science in development. What we learned is that there is not one right
way to do open science It requires constant negotiation and reflection,
and the process will always differ by context. But we also found a set of seven values and
principles at the core of their vision for a more inclusive open science in development. At OCSDNet, we propose that Open and Collaborative
Science… Enables a knowledge commons where
every individual has the means to decide how their knowledge is governed and managed to
address their needs It recognizes cognitive justice,
the need for diverse understandings of knowledge making to co-exist in scientific production It practices situated openness
by addressing the ways in which context, power and inequality condition scientific research It advocates for every individual’s
right to research and enables different forms of participation at all stages of the research
process It fosters equitable collaboration
between scientists and social actors and cultivates co-creation and social innovation in society It incentivizes inclusive infrastructures
that empower people of all abilities to make, and use accessible open-source technologies. And finally, open and collaborative science: strives to use knowledge as a
pathway to sustainable development, equipping every individual to improve the well-being
of our society and planet If you share this vision for a more inclusive
Open Science – or seek to challenge it – join the conversation. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook at @OCSDNet,
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  1. KUTE

    June 7, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Verry good 😊

  2. Misuq Production - Future, House and many more

    June 7, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    Nice video 😉

  3. InterConectados

    July 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Muy interesante para nuestro grupo de Investigaciones Colaborativas Latino Americanas en la Fundación InterConectados

  4. Yuri Jiménez Nájera

    September 1, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Muy importante para las comunidades de todas las universidades públicas del mundo.

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