In September, CERN approved a new policy for open science, with immediate effect. Developed by the Open Science Strategy Working Group (OSWG), which includes members from CERN departments and experiments, the policy aims to make all CERN research fully accessible, reproducible, inclusive, democratic and transparent for both researchers and wider society.
Open science has always been one of CERN’s key values, dating back to the signing of the CERN Convention at UNESCO in 1952. The new policy follows the 2020 update of the European Strategy for Particle Physics, which highlighted the importance of open science, and UNESCO’s Recommendation on Open Science, published in 2021. It encompasses the existing policies for open access and open data, which make all research papers and experimental data publicly available. It also brings together other existing elements of open science – open-source software and hardware, research integrity, open infrastructure and research assessment (which make research reliable and reproducible) and training, outreach and citizen science, which aim to educate and create dialogue with the next generation of researchers and the public.
“The publication of the Open Science Policy gives a solid framework in which the popular suite of open-source tools and services provided by CERN, including Zenodo, Invenio and REANA, can continue to grow and support the adoption of open-science practices, not only within physics but also across the globe’s research communities,” said Enrica Porcari, head of CERN’s IT department.
The OSWG will continue to assess how open science evolves at CERN, developing the policy in accordance with new best practices. Alongside this, a new open-science report will be published each year, showing CERN’s continued commitment to the initiative.