In November 2021, at the 41st session of the General Conference of UNESCO, 193 Member States unanimously adopted the first global standard-setting instrument on open science, the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science.
Developed through a regionally balanced, multistakeholder, inclusive and transparent consultation process, this landmark international agreement defines shared values and principles for open science, and identifies measures to make science more accessible, the scientific process more inclusive and the outputs of science more readily available and relevant to society.
To assist Member States with the implementation of the Recommendation, UNESCO is launching a Global Call for Best Practices in Open Science to collect best practices in open science at individual, institutional, national, regional and international levels with a particular focus on the seven priority areas highlighted in the Recommendation (p. 20 available here).
The resulting compendium of best practices will be made widely available and broadly disseminated and will be a useful tool to better understand the current landscape of best practices in open science, to identify possible gaps and challenges, share lessons learned improve knowledge and understanding.
If you are involved in an open science initiative that you consider to be a good example or best practice in open science, please provide your input to the survey in French or Spanish