Open GeoScience

Open Science is a paradigm to make scientific research, data and results transparent and accessible for science and society. It consists of several tiers, including Open Access, Open Data and Open Source. Open Science enables scientists to publish and share scientific knowledge, ensuring re-use of results, data and methodologies, and due recognition of scientific achievements beyond journal publications.

Many best practices for Open Science, including publication of both the data and software, active international networking and reach out to industry and society are already common practice within OSGeo. Therefore OSGeo can provide guidance by best practices on how these practices can be established in scientific activities.

Background

The idea for the committee was conceived during a EGU-themed birds of a feather meeting at the FOSS4G-Europe in Como, Italy on July 16 2015

Motivation

There is currently no established interface between the OSGeo communities and geoscience organisations like the American Geoscience Union (AGU) or the European Geoscience Union (EGU). At the same time OSGeo members publish their scientific work, which is based on FOSS and open data, within such organisations, often without being aware of each other. Further, students and young scientists who are using FOSS as a base for their work need information on how to share this work and reap the recognition within Academia which they deserve.

Within geoscience, the new role model of “Open Science” or “Science 2.0” is emerging. Many desiderata for future “open scientists”, including publication of both the data and software, active international networking and reach out to industry and society are already common practice within OSGeo. Therefore OSGeo can provide guidance by best practices on how these practices can be established within Academia.

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