Why Now?


The time is ripe to look at Open Work across communities to compare, contrast, and cross-pollinate best practices.

A wide range of national and international foundations across all disciplines are also extending their policies on the need for supported work to be released under Open licenses. National and International governmental bodies and philanthropies are increasing their efforts to ensure that the work they fund is released as accessibly and Openly as possible.

  • The National Institute of Health’s new data policy, which comes into force this coming January
  • The National Science Foundation’s Promoting Open Source Ecosystems (POSE) soliciting proposals for funding to support “Open Source Ecosystems” to improve sustainability, impact, and translation of “open source research products.
  • NASA’s Transform to Open Science (TOPS) effort
  • The National Academies’ Higher Education Leadership in Open Science (HELIOS) consortium (which RIT joined)
  • The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has issued a tool kit to improve and encourage university support of Open Scholarship.
  • The 2nd French Plan for Open Science, which has influenced several similar national plans outside of the US
  • Across the European Union, the creation of national policies on Open Science and Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) for Government is accelerating.
  • OSPOs have been created by a few universities to utilize techniques pioneered in private industry to better facilitate academic Open Work.

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