Final report on the European Commission's Science 2.0 public consultation

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04 May 2015

Final report on the European Commission's Science 2.0 public consultation

Science 2.0 is a new approach to science that uses information-sharing and collaboration made possible by network technologies. 

This consultation sought to gather the opinions of a broad sample of interested parties from across the EU research landscape. It aimed to better understand the potential impact of Science 2.0 and the desirability of policy action. This report presents the key findings, the main areas of discussion and the policy recommendations emerging from the consultation. The public consultation was held between July and September 2014 by the European Commission.

The three main objectives of the consultation, as identified by the European Commission, were:

• To assess the degree of awareness amongst the stakeholders of the changing modus operandi;

• To assess the perception of the opportunities and challenges; and

• To identify possible policy implications and actions to strengthen the competitiveness of the European science and research system by enabling it to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by Science 2.0.

While the consultation was open to all citizens, organisations and public authorities, the Commission identified several groups that it would mainly target as respondents: universities and university associations, research performing organisations, research funding organisations, scientific libraries, academies, learned societies, scholarly publishers and intermediaries, and businesses in fields related to Science 2.0.

The Report is available for download here