Published: 28 March 2013
Research outputs should be open to increase benefits of research investments
During 6-8 February 2013, several dozen citizens from different sectors of Australia, New Zealand, the US and the UK came together for the inaugural New Zealand Australia Open Research Conference. The group included researchers, lawyers, librarians, research infrastructure providers, technology consultants, and software developers.
New Zealand and Australia are among those nations pioneering open approaches across the public sector and in some aspects of research. The Tasman Declaration recommends key actions through which New Zealand and Australia can coordinate and advance their respective open approaches to research towards greater economic, societal, and environmental impact.
Publicly funded research should be openly available to maximise return on investments into research, and to increase participation in research and its translation beyond the traditional research sector.
"Open Research" is about removing barriers for society to benefit from research, by ensuring open access to and reuse of research papers, data, materials, metadata and code, and by developing the supporting practices and policies.
In the absence of a good reason, research outputs should be made available with as few restrictions as possible and as soon as possible.
Society is able to access and reuse the outputs of publicly funded research for economic, societal, and environmental benefit.
Benefits of Open Research
Open research is more transparent, accessible, efficient and reproducible.
Open Research will:
1) Policy Mandates support and prioritise Open Research
2) Infrastructure and Capability enable Open Research
3) Research Practice and Measurement encourage and reward Open Research
We recommend that Australian and New Zealand research communities, institutions, policy makers, and funders carry out the following actions:
1) Policy Mandates
2) Infrastructure and Capability
3) Research Practice and Measurement
Doing research in the open brings research into alignment with worldwide changes in government and business, where open innovation has enabled people to achieve more together than they ever could alone.