The Belmont Forum has announced the adoption of a Data Policy based on the recommendations released in the Community Strategy and Implementation Plan in June 2015. The E-Infrastructures and Data Management Collaborative Research Action is undertaking the first stages of the Implementation Phase and is coordinating roles and strategies to enable the recommendations detailed in the CSIP to be attained. For additional details or to get involved, please contact the Coordination Office.
The Belmont Forum, a group of the world’s major and emerging funders of global environmental change research, is committed to pursuing groundbreaking collaborative action to accelerate the delivery of environmental research. Recognizing the crucial role of open and effective data and information exchange to this mission, the Belmont Forum has for the first time adopted an Open Data Policy and Principles. The principles were developed as part of a collaborative effort initiated by the Belmont Forum, with input from more than 120 international researchers, computer and information scientists, legal scholars, and social scientists, to develop a plan for creating an internationally coordinated and data-intensive e-infrastructure for global environmental change research.
The principles, adopted at the Belmont Forum’s latest annual meeting held in Oslo, Norway in late 2015, call for data derived from global change research to be discoverable, accessible, understandable, well-managed and properly conserved.
“This policy of openness paves the way for science and funding agencies collaborating internationally to reinforce the excellence and integrity of science,” says Kurt Vandenberghe, co-chair of the Belmont Forum. “It will facilitate innovation through taking advantage of research data and results and, most of all, it will enhance global scientific collaboration and science diplomacy as essential conditions for developing more sustainable societies.” The new policy signals a commitment by funders of global environmental change research to increase access to scientific data, a step widely recognized as essential to making informed decisions in the face of rapid changes affecting the Earth’s environment. Read more >>