Second French Plan for Open Science
2021
Public policies
Open science refers to the unhindered dissemination of results, methods and products from scientific research. It draws on the opportunity provided by recent digital progress to develop open access to publications and - as much as possible - data, source code and research methods.

Second French Plan for Open Science

Generalising open science in France

2021-2024

Introduction

Open science refers to the unhindered dissemination of results, methods and products from scientific research. It draws on the opportunity provided by recent digital progress to develop open access to publications and – as much as possible – data, source code and research methods. It is a means for publicly funded research projects to retain control over the results they produce. It builds an ecosystem in which science becomes better substantiated and more transparent, reproducible, effective and cumulative. It aims to democratize access to knowledge, which is useful for teaching and training, and for the economy, public policy, citizens and society as a whole. Finally, it constitutes a lever for scientific integrity and builds citizen trust in science.

The French Plan for Open Science has provided France with a coherent and dynamic policy in the field of open science. It was announced in 2018 by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, and is coordinated by the Committee for Open Science, which brings together the Ministry, the universities and research performing organizations and the scientific community. Substantial progress has been made in the three years since this policy was introduced. The percentage of open access scientific publications in France has risen from 41% to 56%. Once the National Fund for Open Science had been created, it launched two calls for projects to promote open science publication and provided support for international structuring initiatives. The French National Research Agency (Agence nationale de la recherche, ANR) and other funding agencies now ask the projects they fund to make the publications available in open access and draw up data management plans. The position of Chief Data Officer has been created in the Ministry and a network of such Chief Data Officers is currently being deployed in the establishments. Around twenty universities and research organisations now have an open science policy. Several guides and recommendations for putting open science into practice have been published.

The progress already made and the changes in the international context induced us to extend, renew and strengthen our commitments by adopting a Second French Plan for Open Science, which will take effect until 2024. With this new plan, France is continuing its ambitious trajectory initiated by the Digital Republic Act of 2016 and confirmed by the Research Programming Law of 2020, which includes open science as one of the missions of researchers.

This Second French Plan extends the scope to include source code from research, structures actions promoting data sharing and openness through the creation of the Recherche Data Gouv platform, increases the number of transformative levers available to generalise the practice of open science and is divided up into different disciplines and themes. It is firmly attached to a European-wide vision and, in the context of the French presidency of the European Union, proposes to act in favour of open science being effectively taken into account in both individual and collective assessments for research. This involves initiating a process of sustainable transformation in order to ensure that open science becomes a common and shared practice, encouraged by the whole international ecosystem of higher education, research and innovation.

PATH ONE: GENERALISING OPEN ACCESS TO PUBLICATIONS

The practice of providing open access to scientific publications should now be inescapable, whether this is done by initially publishing the text as open access or by placing it in an open public archive such as HAL. The aim set by the Research Programming Law is to achieve 100% open access publications by 2030.

The conditions set by the French National Research Agency and the European Union in the context of the Horizon Europe programme contribute greatly to this aim. The obligation to publish as open access should now be generalised to cover all research funding through publicly funded calls for projects, for both books and scientific articles.

Since 2018, many research funding agencies federated in cOAlition S have implemented, through Plan S, a common framework committing them to make all publications from research they have funded immediately and obligatorily available as open access. To achieve this goal, cOAlition S has adopted a rights retention strategy which enables researchers to disseminate their open-source texts without delay, also when publishing in a subscription-only journal. In France we support this new step towards meeting the objectives of Plan S.

In line with the Jussieu Call for Open Science and Bibliodiversity, the scientific community should endeavour to build an ecosystem of open, ethical and transparent scientific publishing, involving a plurality of editorial stakeholders, formats and languages. A particularly important issue is that of diversifying the economic models for open scientific publishing. Indeed, the risks associated with the publication fee model (involving the payment of article or book processing charges), such as the budgetary burden, growing inequalities between institutions and disciplines and the race to produce quantity, are being ever better understood.

However, 75% of open access journals can be classed as ‘Diamond’ journals. These are steered by the scientific community and are not funded by direct contributions from authors, nor by mandatory contributions from readers. Instead, the publication costs are covered beforehand by the State, a university, a consortium of public establishments or a non-profit organisation. The recently produced OA Diamond Journals Study, carried out by request of cOAlition S, demonstrated the scope and strategic nature of these journals, and it makes recommendations that France intends to support and enact. The academic presses, attached to universities or research organisations, will be strengthened, modernised and encouraged to join forces to succeed in their transition towards open access. HAL, the French national open archive, will continue to play a key role and will be improved ergonomically and functionally to make it easier for researchers and institutions to use.

Although the Helsinki Initiative on Multilingualism in Scholarly Communication stressed the importance of native languages to engender a social anchoring of scientific knowledge and a plurality of thought systems, language barriers impede the international circulation of knowledge, which is just as important. However, recent spectacular progress in translation technologies using artificial intelligence should allow us to resolve this contradiction. Support will be provided for experimentation with translation tools and services for scientific texts, in order to encourage international dissemination of scientific works originally in the French language and to facilitate access to scientific works written in foreign languages for the French-speaking public.

MEASURES

1. Generalise the obligation to publish in open access all articles and books resulting from publicly funded calls for proposals.

2. Support open access economic publishing models that do not require the payment of articles or books processing charges (“diamond” model).

3. Encourage multilingualism and the circulation of scientific knowledge by translating publications by French researchers.

 

Continue developing the HAL national open archive

  • Simplify the process of making submissions to HAL for researchers publishing on other open access platforms across the world (CorHAL project).
  • Implement HAL’s shared governance and long-term financing model as voted by the Open Science Steering Committee.
  • Develop the integrated service for self-archiving, automatic collection of publications and coordination with research data (winning project of the call for expressions of interest in Structuring Equipment for Research in the framework of the Investments for the Future Program – Programme d’investissements d’avenir – PIA).

Building bibliodiversity

  • Reaffirm the French commitment to cOAlition S, support the rights retention strategy to provide immediate open access to scientific publications and make it easier for researchers to do so. Invite universities and research performing organizations to adopt this strategy when negotiating with the publishers.
  • Support the diversification of economic models enabling a transition from subscription towards open access with no publishing fees, notably the “subscribe to open” model.
  • If publication fees still apply, they should be exclusively for publications with complete open access, and refused for hybrid journals.
  • Create Open Science Badges to qualify the evaluation methods of open access publications, to enhance their enrichment by associated data and codes, and to display their user licences.
  • Develop and support publishing innovations: preprints, open peer review, executable papers (Jupyter notebooks), data papers, overlay journals, etc.

Extend the global influence of French research publications

  • Develop tools to support multilingualism using semi-automatic translation and linguistic and discipline-specific expertise.
  • Issue an international call for research into automatic translation as part of the European Research Area Network.
  • In partnership with Wikimedia France, encourage the use of findings from French research in the global collaborative Wikipedia encyclopaedia.

Structure, support and modernise French scientific publishing

  • Introduce a scientific publishing support plan, in line with the commitment in the Research Programming Law.
  • Create an alliance of public scientific publishers committed to open science so as to promote the role they play, coordinate their initiatives and encourage resource pooling whenever possible.
  • Develop and support a public body for the dissemination and distribution of printed and digital books, to improve their visibility, particularly in bookshops.
  • Create a Scientific Publishing Observatory to bring together stakeholders in public and private scientific publishing, research, and scientific information.
  • Support multiplatform publishing, in XML, notably through Métopes, Lodel, and the Public Knowledge Project, and explore the potential for shared access to services for detecting plagiarism and monitoring manuscript submissions (editorial workflow).

Support open science in Human and Social Sciences

  • Support open access book publishing through the National Fund for Open Science
  • Implement a scheme for widespread collective licenses to permit the use of images protected by copyright in open access scientific publications, under a non-profit structure (article 28 of the Research Programming Law)
  • Support the national infrastructures for research in the human and social sciences, and develop a range of services to connect data and publications in human and social sciences, using OpenEdition, Huma-Num and Métopes (winning project of the call for expressions of interest in Structuring Equipment for Research by the PIA)

PATH TWO: STRUCTURING, SHARING AND OPENING UP RESEARCH DATA

Our aim is to ensure that the data produced by French public research is progressively structured to conform to the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable), safely preserved and, wherever possible, open to all.

The obligation to open up public research data, required in the Digital Republic Act of 2016, should now be enacted in scientific practice with the help of appropriate infrastructures and support services. This obligation is limited by legitimate exceptions as defined by the law. For example, exceptions can be made for professional confidentiality, industrial and trade secrets, personal data and copyright-protected content. In these cases, data sharing practices should still be encouraged by defining the procedures to follow.

In order to implement the national policy on data, algorithms and source code as requested by the Prime Minister, a national Chief Data Officer will mediate a network of similar Chief Officers working in the executive team of the higher education and research institutions. Through their coordinated actions, the data, source code and algorithms from French public research will be preserved, referenced, described and promoted under open licenses.

Recherche Data Gouv, a federated national platform for research data, will be created to include all research fields in the active practice of producing open data. Recherche Data Gouv will provide a multidisciplinary data repository to complement the national and European infrastructures already used by some scientific disciplines. It will offer a catalogue that signposts users to data hosted on other trustworthy sites, and when finished, it will provide a single location to promote visibility for all French research data. The repository and catalogue will be entrusted to INRAE with support from universities and other research performing organisations and will serve the national scientific community as a whole. To support and advise researchers throughout the data lifecycle, ‘data workshops’ will be organised across the country involving a wide range of professions. Thematic reference centres will conceive and issue repositories and best practices for research fields or disciplines. Recherche Data Gouv is founded on shared governance by stakeholders in French higher education and research, and will guarantee that the scientific community retains sovereignty over the data it produces.

The actions involved in managing, preserving, opening up and sharing data also contribute to the progress of scientific research. They make it possible to share the effort of collecting data within the scientific community, and to consolidate and multiply the results of using them. With this in mind, all practices that promote the reuse of research data will be encouraged through the creation of a prize for teams which carry out exemplary work in this domain.

France will continue to provide support for the Research Data Alliance (RDA), an international network that defines best practices in the domain of research data.

MEASURES

4. Implement the obligation to disseminate publicly funded research data.

5. Create Recherche Data Gouv, the federated national platform for research data.

6. Promote widespread adoption of data policies that cover the whole lifecycle of research data, to ensure that they are Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).

Develop and structure the range of support and tools on offer to researchers

  • Create Recherche Data Gouv which will offer sovereign and certified (Core Trust Seal) storage and signposting for research data, and a range of support services for researchers, through:
    • a territorial network of endorsed “data workshops”, involving a wide range of skills and professions to provide local support;
    • thematic reference centres that define best practices for the management, description and opening up of data, specific to each discipline or research field.
  • Generalise the definition and effective implementation of data management plans, which guarantee economical preservation and the opening up and sharing of documented data, thus making it possible to reuse and validate them.
  • Implement the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) by developing Data Sharing Statements, which publicly detail the conditions and procedures for accessing data that cannot be opened.
  • Continue the certification process (Core Trust Seal) for data repositories.
  • Support the enactment of the European Copyright Directive in the field of text and data mining (TDM) to encourage the emergence of new knowledge.

Give recognition to and boost the reuse of research data

  • Encourage best practices in data citation.
  • Award an annual research data prize to highlight the work of exemplary projects and teams in preparing to reuse or reusing research data.
  • Track the changing dynamics in opening up data sets associated with publications that are stored in a selection of repositories, through the Open Science Barometer.
  • Launch a Europe-wide call for proposals on reusing research data as part of the European Research Area Network.

Coordinate and promote open data policies

  • Deploy a research data governance policy and create a specific role for this through a network of Chief Data Officers in the universities and research performing organizations.
  • Develop a proactive approach to opening up data associated with articles and publications in trustworthy thematic data repositories or in Recherche Data Gouv.
  • When providing public funding for scientific publishing platforms and open archives, encourage collaboration with Recherche Data Gouv.

Encourage health research projects to sign up to open science

  • Reduce publication bias, which is the tendency to only publish studies that obtain positive results, to the detriment of inconclusive or negative findings.
    • Propose modifications to the national, European and international rules in order to make it obligatory to declare all individual patient data sets, whether this entails clinical trials (including non-drug trials) or observational studies.
    • Develop a declaration portal that is interoperable with the European and international schemes, by reducing the administrative burden on research through a single declaration. This portal will encourage and facilitate data sharing statements, data reuse and the publication of negative results.
  • Under the Plan France Médecine Génomique 2025 (French Plan for Genomic Medicine), introduce a tool to collect, process and use large volumes of data (DCA – Data Collector and Analyser) to serve healthcare and research.
  • In response to the coronavirus pandemic, open up all results from the EMERGEN programme, which aims to increase efforts to sequence the variants of the virus present in the country.

PATH THREE: OPENING UP AND PROMOTING SOURCE CODE PRODUCED BY RESEARCH

Software plays a key role in scientific research, and it can be a tool, a result, and a research object. Making software source code available, with the option of modifying, reusing and disseminating them, is a major requirement to ensure the reproducibility of scientific findings and to support the creation and sharing of knowledge, in keeping with the open science ethos.

In order to implement the national policy on data, algorithms and source code as requested by the Prime Minister, we aim to ensure that the source code and software produced through French public research are developed, sustainably maintained, preserved and treasured. As such, the remit of Chief Data Officer in the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has been expanded to include algorithms and source code from research.

Scientific software stacks are hugely complex and sometimes combine hundreds of programs representing millions, even tens of millions of lines of code. Efforts to develop these stacks should be pooled at the scale of the international scientific community in the widest sense: academics, industry and citizens. This impetus has today become a key lever in research and innovation. Also, priority will be given to the dissemination of software productions as open source software – published under a license recognised by the Free Software Foundation and Open Source Initiative, in compliance with the legal constraints.

France will support the development and preservation of source code – inseparable from the support of humanity’s technical and scientific knowledge – and it will, from this position, continue its support for the Software Heritage universal archive. So as to create an ecosystem that connects code, data and publications, the collaboration between the national open archive HAL, the national research data platform Recherche Data Gouv, the scientific publishing sector and Software Heritage will be strengthened.

In order to increase the visibility of software and recognise its contribution to research, a catalogue of these productions will be built and made widely accessible. An open source research software prize will be created to showcase and award teams who carry out exemplary work in this field.

To facilitate the coordination of the open source software communities at a national and international level, a Source Code and Software College will be created within the Committee for Open Science. Links will also be forged between the Open Software Task Force at the French Interministerial Directorate for Digital Technology, and the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC), the Research Data Alliance (RDA), the Research Software Alliance and FORCE 11.

MEASURES

7. Recognize and support the dissemination under an open source license of software produced by publicly funded research programmes.

8. Highlight the production of source code from higher education, research and innovation.

9. Define and promote an open source software policy.

Define and promote an open source software policy

  • Produce a National Charter for Open Software coming from higher education, research and innovation.
  • Develop the link between data and software through a network of Chief Data Officers in the various universities and research performing organizations.
  • Produce recommendations for funding bodies to best support software development.
  • Improve the skills of commercialization services for the economic models associated with producing open source software.
  • Support Software Heritage and recommend it for the archiving and referencing of source code.

Recognise source code as a contribution to research

  • Create an open source research software prize which rewards teams and projects for exemplary work in this domain.
  • Provide greater recognition for software production in the career of researchers, research support staff and in the assessment of research organisations.
  • Monitor over time the production of code and software by French research teams so as to identify and assess their dynamics, openness and impacts through the Open Science Barometer.
  • Build a catalogue of software resulting from research, using a standardised metadata model that is shared by all the stakeholders in higher education, research and innovation.

Coordinate the communities that use source code and open source software

  • Create a College of Experts for source code and software within the Committee for Open Science.
  • Establish a long-lasting link between the Committee for Open Science and the Open Software Task Force at the French Interministerial Directorate for Digital Technology.
  • Establish a link with national and international stakeholders, particularly the Software Working Group at the EOSC, the FAIR for Research Software Working Group at the RDA, FORCE11 and the Research Software Alliance – ReSA.

Build an ecosystem that connects code, data and publications

  • In the context of public funding for journals and conferences, recommend adopting a policy of open source software associated with the articles, developing articles about the software and experimenting with approaches that link articles, data and code.
  • Develop proper coordination between software forges, open publication archives, data repositories and the scientific publishing sector.
  • Propose standardising the Software Heritage Identifier (SWHID), which will complement the DOIs for software.

Encourage crossovers between open science and artificial intelligence

  • To predict and assess changes in biodiversity caused by climate change and/or human activities, support the ANR’s “Artificial intelligence research in the field of biodiversity” challenge by supplying all participating research projects with shared data sets.
  • Feed or develop machine learning bases for the automated translation of scientific texts.
  • Support the creation of a reference centre for digital pathology to stimulate innovations in artificial intelligence in the field of pathology as part of an organised challenge.

PATH FOUR: TRANSFORMING PRACTICES TO MAKE OPEN SCIENCE THE DEFAULT PRINCIPLE

Open science should become the default principle for researchers and it should constitute a criteria of excellence in research, as is now the case in the Horizon Europe programme. For this, the higher education and research ecosystem must be transformed to align the incentives, strengthen capacity and increase recognition of the efforts made.

To ensure these practices persist over time, the assessment system for researchers, laboratories and , universities and research performing organizations must be changed so that it becomes coherent with the principles of open science. In line with the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and the Leiden Manifesto for Research Metrics, this involves reducing the importance of the quantitative aspect to the benefit of a more qualitative approach taking into account – beyond what publications do – the plurality of research findings, making reasoned use of indicators and rewarding cooperation and openness over competitiveness and secrecy. As part of the French Presidency of the European Union, France intends to hold a European event to promote open science at the Académie des sciences (Paris). It will also encourage the creation of a coalition of European researchers who commit to implementing operational, reciprocal and legible transformations in their assessment practices.

To transform daily practices, the concept of open science should be present throughout the research training programmes, from bachelor’s degree level to senior researchers, with an emphasis on the strategic stage of the doctorate. The management and opening up of research data requires new skills and leads to the emergence of new professions which are important to develop, recognise and value.

Aligning the assessment and training policies will make it possible to reduce the contradictory demands to which researchers have been subject, so that the benefits of open science are fully understood. With this objective in mind, researchers’ access to public data and private data of general interest will be made easier, through the creation of a mediator for data of general interest. Adopting open licenses for data, publications and source code will help to free up the circulation of scientific findings, and the generalisation of the ORCID identifier for researchers will consolidate their digital identity and increase the visibility of their work.

To meet the ambitious objectives of this new plan, open science policies should be strengthened and amplified. The National Fund for Open Science will be continued and its field of action expanded. We propose that funding from the PIA is used to intensify and diversity its actions. A firm commitment from universities and research performing organizations to formalise and implement open science policies will enable their widespread territorial deployment. In parallel, France will increase its presence in the international bodies for open science, particularly the EOSC, to support the construction of an effective, regulated, transparent and resilient ecosystem, which serves to help the scientific community and society as a whole.

Finally, open science policies must be better monitored and their impacts measured through a consolidation of the Open Science Barometer and an expansion of its scope to include new aspects. These policies will be informed by contributions from research, through the creation of an Open Science Lab dedicated to developing “research on research”, and through the launch of a dedicated call for proposals by the French National Research Agency.

MEASURES

10. Develop and value open science skills throughout the educational and career pathways of students and research staff.

11. Value open science and the diversity of scientific productions in the assessment of researchers of projects and of universities and research performing organizations.

12. Triple the budget for open science through the National Fund for Open Science and the Investments for the Future Programme.

Recognise open science in assessments

  • In the context of the French Presidency of the European Union, organise European Open Science Days at the Académie des Sciences in Paris. These will propose creating an international coalition focussed on taking open science into account in the assessment of researchers, projects and research institutions. They will also emphasize open access with no publication fees and the importance of source code in open science.
  • Include the open science principles and best practices in the Hcéres reference files and strengthen cooperation between the Hcéres and the Committee for Open Science.
  • Reduce the influence of the journal impact factor, starting with the removal of all references to this indicator and to H-index in the texts of calls for projects and in the application forms.
  • Encourage the journals’ editorial committees and scientific publishers to request that the data and code associated with the texts submitted be provided, to take these into account in the assessment procedures and to make public their policies concerning the data and code linked to the publications.
  • Promote the use of narrative CVs to reduce the importance of quantitative assessments to the benefit of qualitative ones, and experiment with an “openness profile” on ORCID.

Develop and recognise the skills and professions of open science

  • Consider data literacy as a set of key skills and develop the range of initial and continuing education degree programmes in data science and engineering by building on existing initiatives.
  • Encourage the development of teaching units or training pathways in open science at bachelor’s and master’s level and strengthen open science training for doctoral students, by defining a frame of reference for open science training for doctoral schools, by creating an open science thesis prize, and by offering thematic booklets from the Passport for Open Science.
  • Increase awareness-raising and training programmes in open science for senior researchers.
  • Support the evolution in skills and career pathways for research staff, with a notable emphasis on valuing skills and professions linked to managing data lifecycles and developing source code.
  • In the competency framework for researchers, research engineers and technicians, introduce a subset of competencies linked to open science.

Encourage stakeholders in higher education and research to adopt an open science policy

  • Encourage universities, research organisations, prestigious universities and engineering schools to adopt an open science plan, which is made public and is closely supervised.
  • Encourage these stakeholders, and the national research infrastructures, IDEX, I-SITE, European universities and projects funded by the PIA to request open-source publications, data and source code and to offer support to researchers in these fields.
  • Encourage the universities and research performing organizations who have signed DORA to actively inform their assessment committees and support them in the effective implementation of the principles adopted.
  • Recommend the use of open licenses for research productions – the (French) public license, one of the (international) Creative Commons licenses or the specific open licenses for software – to promote the reuse of publications, data and source code and to protect their provenance.
  • Create a working group for participative research within the Committee for Open Science.
  • Encourage all stakeholders in higher education and research to get involved in shared work on open educational resources to make them more visible and easier to share and encourage their reuse.

Simplify researchers’ lives through open science

  • In line with the national policy on data, algorithms and source code as requested by the prime minister, accelerate researchers’ access to data of public interest and create a mediator to facilitate access to public interest data owned by private parties. In particular, this will help to increase the contribution researchers make to designing and assessing public policies.
  • Encourage researchers to adopt the ORCID identifier to consolidate their digital identity and increase the visibility of their work, and propose adding data from ORCID to the research information systems to limit the number of repeated submissions.
  • Enrich ScanR, a search engine for research and innovation which brings together data from laboratories, research project authors, public funds and businesses.

Participate in the European and international open science landscape

  • Ensure that sovereign solutions are adopted to allow higher education and research stakeholders to keep control over their open science services for publications, data, source code, videos and open educational resources, etc.
  • Participate in the governance of standards for metadata and persistent digital identifiers for research objects and stakeholders (Crossref, DataCite, ORCID, ROR, etc.) and in the governance of open science services (Directory of Open Access Journals, Directory of Open Access Books, OPERAS, etc.)
  • Encourage the creation of an open ecosystem for citations as an alternative to proprietary environments by supporting the Initiative for Open Citations and the OpenAlex project run by OurResearch.
  • Create a post of national open science coordinator and a network of national open science coordinators, the Council of National Open Science Coordination (CoNOSC).
  • Continue to structure the French community in its contribution to the EOSC: promote the EOSC membership to French research performing organisations, moderate the community of French EOSC stakeholders, organise an annual EOSC-France event.
  • Actively encourage French open science services to sign up to the EOSC catalogue of services.
  • Include commitments to support open science in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

Develop the Open Science Barometer as a tool for monitoring, observing and measuring the impact of open science.

  • Expand and sustain the Open Science Barometer by introducing new indicators that cover more than just publications:
    • To monitor declarations of health studies, particularly clinical trials;
    • To monitor the opening up of data and source code;
    • To monitor data sharing statements;
    • To monitor the uses society makes of open science;
    • To monitor the universities and research performing organizations’ open science policies, ideally at the European level;
    • To monitor accessibility for disabled people to French scientific publication platforms;
    • To monitor publication fees for articles and books.

Develop research on research in order to advance open science

  • Create an Open Science Lab to develop research on research, with the aim of informing and guiding open science policies and encouraging their enactment in the different disciplines. The Open Science Lab could be part of an Open Science Observatory to be created at international level.
  • Propose that the ANR launch an annual call for projects involving research on research with an open science perspective.

Support the development of open science in the field of climate, earth systems and biodiversity studies, in line with the climate law

  • Make use of the recommendations of the “observation of natural environments and systems” task force that are validated, to strengthen research services, such as long-term data integration services and resulting models.
  • To accelerate and strengthen climate and earth system studies, boost the development of a framework for data preservation and description practices in these fields, and generalise their referencing in the research infrastructures of the national road map or in Recherche Data Gouv.
  • Support data set harmonisation and interoperability to build large reference data sets for each field. This involves encouraging dialogue between the scientific domains to facilitate integrated ecosystem approaches. For example, this can be useful when studying interactions between the ocean and the atmosphere, or the continental surface and the atmosphere.

 

Make use of the research infrastructures which have signed up with the national road map to transform practices and generalise open science

  • Invite infrastructures to include in their access conditions the principles of open access publication and of opening by default of data and source code.
  • Invite infrastructures to formalise their open science policies by making a strategic document public, and to effectively implement the FAIR principles and data management plans by and for their users.
  • Provide each infrastructure with a persistent digital identifier (funder ID) that the researchers will be asked to mention in their publications, code and data produced through this infrastructure.
  • Encourage infrastructures within a policy of recruiting professionals responsible for processing, quality checking, describing and preserving data.
  • Get infrastructures involved in assembling and hosting large reference data sets and guidelines for practices by discipline and theme for preserving, describing and referencing research data.
  • Implement the winning projects of the call for expressions of interest in Structuring Equipment for Research by the PIA which strengthen the development of infrastructures, platforms and services for thematic data.

 


 

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