New OECD Guidelines on Research Ethics and New Forms of Data

On Friday, 25 November, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published new Guidelines on Research Ethics and New Forms of Data for social and economic research, in light of the quickly-changing technological, communications’ and social context of data discovery, use and dissemination. The OECD Global Science Forum expert group – supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council and the US National Science Foundation – issued the following statement: Read More …

European Union launches Open Science Policy Platform at Amsterdam conference

At an EU Open Science Conference on 4 April, the EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation announced the setting up of a new Open Science Policy Platform. The composition of the high-level advisory group will be announced in May. The purpose of the group is to advise the EC on how to formulate and implement open science policy in the European Union. Details of the Amsterdam conference are at this link. Supporting documentation on EU open science strategy is on this DG Research and Innovation page. In February 2016, the European Commission also published a report on Validation of the Results of the Public Consultation on Science 2.0: Science in Transition. Read More …

New Information Observatory resource and alerts

The Information Observatory, launched in November 2015, aims “to question and analyse a wide range of information and communication domains and identify structural forces that undergird changes in the information landscape.” The Observatory is managed by Prof. Dan Schiller (University of Illinois) and ShinJoung Yeo (Loughborough University). Readers can subscribe to the content alerts’ service from the Information Observatory via the right menu of the homepage. A new article on Big Data was published on 9 November. Read More …

Horizon 2020 Work Programme II funding breakout (2016-17) announced by European Commission

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation published details of the €16 billion, second work programme of EU Horizon 2020 funding (2016-17) on 13 October. Full details of the Europe in a Changing World: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies tranche (Funding for Societal Challenges) have also been made available. The Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme was launched in 2014 with a total value of €77 billion. Read More …