Openness is a feature inherent to the success of modern science. Sharing and exchanging ideas, theories, methods, data, and evidence is the basis for any agile, resourceful, and innovative scientific system. Over the past decades, digitalisation has accelerated this process in two ways. Technological development brings us closer to achieving the promise of universal and borderless science. Contemporary challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change require us to turn the disciplinary walls of science into permeable membranes to respond more rapidly and precisely to urgent policy questions.
The road to realise this ideal is not an easy one. Efforts to reform processes and attitudes in our scientific system and culture require common frameworks of understanding. Considerable investment in sustainable infrastructures and organisations to support it are needed to push systemic change.
As a longstanding proponent of open science, ALLEA has accumulated decades of experience and expertise on fundamental aspects of open science such as legal and ethical considerations, data management in the humanities, or digital research infrastructures. We work together with our Member Academies to amplify their voice considering the role of Europe in this global debate. Jointly with them, we gather evidence and data, foster knowledge and practices exchange, and formulate common positions in a coherent and timely manner through multiple initiatives.