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FSFE Newsletter - February 2017


Why Open Science matters and the FSFE's position on Horizon 2020

"Open Science" is an emerging movement that asks to transfer the four freedoms that we practice in Free Software into science. Although it is still emerging, Open Science receives more and more strategic importance for decision-makers. In the eyes of financial ministers of the European Union, Open Science produces and uses a lot of Open Data, which in turn has the potential for big economic benefits. The "European Cloud Initiative", for example, is part of the European Commission's strategy for Open Science, intended for building a "competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe". It aims at strengthening Europe's position in data-driven innovation and is thus considered to become an important part of the European Digital Single Market. Or, as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development puts it: "Encouraging the sharing and re-use of research data could generate more value for public money".

With this in mind, the FSFE targets Free Software to be part of this emerging field of European Open Science from the beginning. As all research, data processing and archiving nowadays heavily depends on software, it is a chance to jump on the bandwagon and define Free Software as a precondition of Open Science. As one course of action, we wrote a position paper for the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available.

The FSFE's position paper explains how Free Software and Open Standards are fundamental to Open Science and we therefore ask for all publicly-funded research in Europe to mandatorily use and develop Free Software and Open Standards. With the "European Cloud Initiative" in mind, we explicitly ask that "Data and software repositories and Data Management Plans (DMPs) must employ Free Software in order to ensure unfettered access to their contents and long term preservation".

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February 14 is "I love Free Software day", the day to say thank you to all the people behind Free Software. Use this day to show your love for your favorite Free Software and check out our campaign page in advance to get some ideas and inspiration: http://www.ilovefs.org

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The Paris Declaration on Open Government, introduced during the OGP Paris Summit last December, aims at establishing cooperation between countries and civil societies throughout 2017. The Declaration is composed of 21 collective action items with the accomplishment of open public procurement and formation of effective Free Software policies listed among them.

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