National Programme Open Science

The National Programme Open Science (NPOS) brings together national stakeholders in the Netherlands. 

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  • Aim of the NPOS is to coordinate the transition to Open Science and to disseminate its importance. The responsibility to start and implement Open Science activities lies with the various organisations involved.

    The foundations of the Netherlands National Programme Open Science (NPOS) are rooted in 2017, when the National Plan Open Science was signed by a large group of stakeholders from the Netherlands. The years to follow brought us all kind of developments in the transition to Open Science. The NPOS Programme will facilitate all national stakeholders to collaborate in realising Open Science, and to implement the Open Science practices in alignment with international initiatives, moving from science ‘as is’ to science ‘as will be’.

    Open Science 2030 in the Netherlands:
    ‘By 2030, scientific knowledge will be freely available, accessible, and reusable for everyone. Open Science in the Netherlands will be embedded as a standard practice across all scientific disciplines from basic to applied sciences, in the natural, medical, social sciences and the humanities’.

    The Netherlands has strengthened and expanded its leading role in Europe and beyond to change science for the better with recognition and rewards that do justice to scientific teamwork. We will see a stronger link with, and impact on, societal challenges and sustainable development goals. The scientific process will be transparent and inclusive, to the benefit of both science and society.

    The NPOS Programme will focus on three Programme Lines and a set of requirements:

    Key lines of action: Open Access

    1. Making all scholarly output Open Access;
    2. Ensuring that society can reuse all scholarly output;
    3. Cost control: full Open Access without additional costs;
    4. Maintaining high quality and research integrity;
    5. Novel ways of Recognition & Rewards, away from quantitative measures;
    6. Control over ownership, public values, and academic and digital sovereignty;
    7. Open services, growing towards less dependency on publishers.

    Key lines of action: FAIR Data

    1. Build a professional community of skilled data stewards that have a wide range of expertise;
    2. Support, guide and incentivise the generation of sufficiently rich, standardized, open and machineactionable FAIR digital research outputs and associated FAIR metadata to enable optimal (re)use;
    3. Enable sustainable interoperable networks of FAIR Data services and research infrastructures at the
      institutional and domain level and national level;
    4. Foster the development of a national trust framework for access to FAIR Data including sensitive and
      confidential data, in synergy among societal stakeholders.

    Key lines of action: Citizen Science

    1. Raise awareness;
    2. Consolidate and further develop best practice;
    3. Build capacity;
    4. Enhance cooperation, synergies, and transdisciplinary collaboration;
    5. Develop and invest in supporting infrastructures