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Open Science

UNESCO Global Open Science Partnership

The broad Open Science Partnership brings together all the relevant and interested Open Science stakeholders across the world. The Partnership is open ended and the scientific community, public and private science, technology and innovation institutions, relevant private sector and industry, United Nations agencies and all other relevant open science actors.

The Open Science Partnership is geographically balanced, with representative stakeholders and institutions from all regions and all branches of Basic and Applied Sciences, including Natural Sciences, and Social and Human Sciences, particularly taking into account local and indigenous peoples and their traditional knowledge.

Open Science Partnership

  • International Science Council (ISC)
    The International Science Council (ISC) is a non-governmental organization with a unique global membership that brings together 40 international scientific Unions and Associations and over 140 national and regional scientific organizations including Academies and Research Councils.
  • World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO)
    The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) is an international, non-governmental organization founded under the auspices of UNESCO. It represents 50 scientific and technical associations with the target to unite multidisciplinary engineering associations throughout the world.
  • World Federation of Scientific Workers (WFSW)
    The World Federation of Scientific Workers (WFSW), is an international non-governmental group of either professional or trade unionist organizations and individual scientific personalities. Its target is to call the entire scientific community to contribute to placing science and technology at the service of the well-being of mankind.
  • L'Association de promotion et défense de la recherche en français (Acfas)
    The Association de promotion et défense de la recherche en français (Acfas) is a french-speaking scientific association with representatives from 32 countries. It supports, defends and promotes significant research contributions to the challenges of today's and tomorrow's society in the french-language.
  • Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO)
    The Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO) is a non-profit, non-governmental international scientific organization founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 36 other international science and education institutions. Its target is to promote SDGs and international cooperation in Science, Technology & Innovation and Capacity Building (STIC).
  • InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
    The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) has more than 140 national, regional and global member from science, engineering & medical academies. This network works together to support the vital role of science in seeking evidence-based solutions to the world’s most challenging problems.
  • Global Young Academy (GYA)
    The Global Young Academy (GYA) is an international society with 200 members and 258 alumni, representing 83 countries. It aims to give a voice to young scientists across the globe and encourages international, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary collaboration and dialogue.
  • The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)
    Under the auspices of UNESCO, the World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS) works to support sustainable prosperity through research, education, policy and diplomacy. It has 1,278 elected Fellows representing more than 100 countries.
  • All European Academies (ALLEA)
    The All European Academies (ALLEA) is the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, representing more than 50 academies from over 40 EU and non-EU countries. This federation promotes science as a global public good, and facilitates scientific collaboration across borders and disciplines.
  • African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
    The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) is a non-aligned, non-political, not-for-profit pan African organisation with the vision to help in transforming lives on the African continent through science. AAS supports Open Research by its platform for rapid transparent publishing.
  • Association of Academies and Societies in Asia (AASA)
    The Association of Academies and Societies in Asia (AASA) is a non-profit international organization with science, technology and innovation (STI) interests. It represents 32 national academies and societies of sciences from 30 countries in Asia and Oceania.
  • Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS)
    The Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) is an independent, non-political, non-governmental and non-profit making organisation of distinguished scientists and technologists; representatives from more than 35 nationalities. Its target is to promote all aspects of science and technology in the Islamic World and internationally.
  • CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)
    CERN, founded originally by UNESCO, provides a unique range of facilities to advance the boundaries of human knowledge on what the universe is made of and how it works.
  • SESAME (Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East)
    The SESAME is the Middle East's first major international research centre, developed under the auspices of UNESCO. This intergovernmental organization targets the scientific, technical, and economic development of the region and promotes scientific collaboration.
  • African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI)
    The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) is a network of 192 member institutions from 37 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The network develops active collaboration among African scientific institutions so as to promote research and development in areas of relevance to the region.
  • Africa Open Science & Hardware (Africa OSH)
    The Africa Open Science & Hardware (Africa OSH) is a community interested in understanding the potentials of Open Science & Hardware for achieving economically feasible development and collaboration across Africa, and reducing barriers to entry in education, research and manufacturing.
  • African Open Science Platform (AOSP)
    The African Open Science Platform (AOSP) is a pan-African project for Africa by Africa, developing inter-regional links, mechanisms for collaboration, and exchange of good practice. Its target is to assist African countries in developing the necessary capacities to manage and exploit scientific data for the benefit of society.
  • Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO)
    The Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO) is an international non-governmental institution, located in Latin America, the Caribbean, the United States, Africa and Europe. It represents 680 research centers and targets the dissemination of the knowledge produced by social scientists among social forces and movements and civil society organizations.
  • Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies (ACRPS)
    The Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies is an independent research institution with particular interest in the social sciences, regional history and geostrategic affairs. Among its actions is to coordinate and develop research, publications, projects and events on issues and challenges relevant to the Arab world.
  • South Asian Regional Center for Strategic Studies (RCSS)
    The Regional Centre for Strategic Studies (RCSS) in South Asian is non-profit and non-governmental think-tank which encourages research, dialogue, networking and deliberation on a broad range of conventional and non-conventional sources of conflict and conditions of peace.
  • Gulf Arab States Educational Research Centre (GASERC)
    The Gulf Arab States Educational Research Centre (GASERC) is a specialized institution in developing the educational movement, ensuring the efficiency, updating and integrating human resources for social and economic development of the Arab world.
  • Columbus Association
    Columbus is an association of universities in Europe and Latin America. Its main objective is to promote international cooperation and institutional development of universities, and provide assistance in developing strategies, implementing policies, and organizing structures.
  • Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)
    The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) is a consortium of 55 leading research universities from Americas, Asia and Australasia and it represents the Voice of Knowledge and Innovation for the Asia-Pacific region. Its target is to leverage collective education and research capabilities of their members into the international public policy process.
  • Association of African Universities
    The Association of African Universities (AAU) is an association that brings together higher education institutional leaders and policy-makers from all parts of the continent and on key issues related to African higher education and development. Its mission is to enhance the quality and contribution of higher education to Africa’s development.
  • La Conférence des Recteurs des Universités Francophones d’Afrique et de l’Océan Indien (CRUFAOCI)
    The conference of rectors of French-speaking universities in Africa and the Indian Ocean (CRUFAOCI) is a pan-African association which brings together rectors and presidents of French-speaking universities and higher education institutions. It aims to establish and propose to governments action programs for the development of universities.
  • The European University Association (EUA)
    The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. This network is in continuous interaction with a range of other European and international organisations, ensuring that the independent voice of European universities is heard.
  • Association of Arab Universities (AARU)
    The Association of Arab Universities is an organization working within the framework of the Arab League. Its objective of the organization is to support and connect universities in the Arab world, and to enhance cooperation among them.
  • Asian Universities Alliance (AUA).
  • The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
    The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
  • Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO)
    SciELO is bibliographic database, digital library, and cooperative electronic publishing model of open access journals. It is a network of 16 countries and its journal collections that targets to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries by providing an efficient way to increase visibility and access to scientific literature.
  • Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)
    The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) is a professional association of national and university research libraries in Europe. It represents the voice of almost 450 Europe’s library organisations in all European and national fora.
  • Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL)
    EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) is a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries to enable access to knowledge in developing and transition economy countries. EIFL is a network of more than 60 organisations from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
  • Bibliothica Alexandrina (BA)
    The new Library of Alexandria, is dedicated to recapturing the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. This library aims to be a center of excellence in the production and dissemination of knowledge and to be a place of dialogue, learning and understanding between cultures and peoples.
  • Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
    SPARC is a global coalition committed to making Open the default for research and education. SPARC empowers people to solve big problems and make new discoveries through the adoption of policies and practices that advance Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education.
  • AmeliCA
    AmeliCA is a communication infrastructure for scholarly publishing and open science that commenced as Open Knowledge for Latin America and the Global South. Its target is to strengthen the non-profit publishing model to preserve the scholarly and open nature of scientific communication beyond the Global South.
  • Redalyc
    Redalyc is an indexing system that contains open access journals of scientific and editorial quality. It provides visibility and supporting the consolidation of journals, and incorporates exclusively those journals, from any part of the world, that share the non-profit publishing model in order to preserve the scholarly and open nature of scientific communication.
  • African Publisher Networks (APNET)
    The African Publishers Network (APNET) is a pan-African, non-profit, collaborative network that brings together national publishers associations and publishing communities to strengthen indigenous publishing throughout Africa. Its vision is to transform African peoples through books.
  • African Journals Online (AJOL)
    The African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is an online service to provide access to African-published research, and increase worldwide knowledge of indigenous scholarship. By using the internet as a gateway, AJOL aims to enhance conditions for African learning to be translated into African development.
  • International Association of STM Publishers (STM)
  • Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP)
    The Citizen Science Global Partnership (CSGP) is a network-of-networks that seeks to promote and advance citizen science for a sustainable world. It brings together existing networks of citizen science researchers and practitioners with advisory boards representing policy, business, and community-based perspectives.
  • Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)
    The Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is a professional membership organization with nearly 700 members from almost 50 countries. Its vision is to increase the understanding of—and engagement with—science and technology among all people and support science and technology centers and museums.
  • African Science Literacy network
    The African Science Literacy Network (ASLN) is a partnership between scientists and journalists that supports more accurate science communication to the general population. This work helps to bridge the gap between science, society and policy, and facilitates the rise of Africa as a science superpower.
  • Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI)
    The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is a network of high-level experts that brings together stakeholders with a wide variety of beliefs, expertise and experiences from around the world to talk about scholarly communication issues and to develop broadly accepted, comprehensive, sustainable solutions for everyone everywhere.
  • Open Science MOOC
  • Creative Commons
    The Creative Commons copyright licenses and tools forge a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates.
  • Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA)
    CODATA is the Committee on Data of the International Science Council, promoting global collaboration to improve the availability and usability of data for all areas of research. CODATA works to advance the interoperability and the usability of data and the FAIRness (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).
  • Go Fair Data
    The GO FAIR is a bottom-up, stakeholder-driven and self-governed initiative that aims to implement the FAIR data principles, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). It offers an open and inclusive ecosystem for individuals, institutions and organisations working together through Implementation Networks (INs).
  • Research Data Alliance (RDA)
    The Research Data Alliance (RDA) was launched as a community-driven initiative by the European Commission, the United States Government's National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation with the goal of building the social and technical infrastructure to enable open sharing and re-use of data.
  • World Data System (ICSU-WDS)
    The World Data System (WDS) is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Science Council. Its vision is to promote long-term stewardship of, and universal and equitable access to, quality-assured scientific data and data services, to facilitate open access, and encourage the adoption of standards across all disciplines in the Natural and Social Sciences, and the Humanities.
  • Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
    COAR is an international association with 157 members and partners representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. It brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.
  • OpenAIRE
    It is a network of 34 European National Open Access Desks, embedded in national infrastructures and settings voicing the needs of the research community and coordinating transition towards Open Science. It provides interoperability services that allow scientists, citizens, educators, funders, civil servants and industry to easily adopt open science and benefit from it for themselves, their working environments, and the society.
  • La Referencia
    La Referencia is a federated network of institutional repositories of scientific publications in Latin America. LA Referencia gives visibility to the scientific production of higher education and research institutions in Latin America, promotes open and free access to the full text, with special emphasis on publicly financed results.
  • RedCLARA
    The RedCLARA is the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks with the aim to strengthen the development of science, education, culture and innovation in the region by connecting Latin America's academic computer networks.
  • UN Inter-Agency Task Team on STI for SDGs (IATT)
    The United Nations Interagency Task Team on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs (IATT) supports the implementation of the SDGs through multi-stakeholder collaboration and partnerships of civil society, the private sector, the scientific community, United Nations entities and other stakeholders.
  • UN Library
    The Digital Library includes UN documents, voting data, speeches, maps, and open access publications. System features include linked data between related documentation such as resolutions, meeting records and voting, and refining of searches by UN body, agency or type of document, all available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
  • UN Major Group of Children and Youth STI fraction
    The United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth is the UN General Assembly-mandated, official, formal and self-organised mechanism for young people to meaningfully engage in the UN. Its target is to strive for a resilient world where young people and all rights holders in all their diversity are equals in decision making.
  • UNESCO’s Category 1 Institutes
    The Category 1 Institutes are an integral part of UNESCO, institutes build scientific capacity in Member States, essentially in developing countries.
  • UNESCO Category 2 Centres and Institutes
    Category 2 centres and institutes contribute to the execution of UNESCO’s programme through capacity building; the exchange of information in a particular discipline; theoretical and experimental research; and advanced training. These centres and institutes form a vast network of associated centres in the fields of water, renewable energy, science policy, biotechnology, geosciences, the basic sciences and remote sensing.
  • European Science Foundation (ESF)
    The European Science Foundation (ESF) is an independent, non-governmental, non-profit organisation that promotes sharing of expertise and offering solution-orientated scientific support with the aim at increasing the quality and effectiveness of science and science-related activities in Europe.
  • Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF)
    The Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) is an independent, non-profit non-governmental organization, which works regionally and internationally to encourage investment in Science and Technology. It is among the first organizations to bring together scientists from inside and outside the Arab world.
  • Open Research Funders Group (ORFG)
    The Open Research Funders Group (ORFG) is a partnership of philanthropic organizations committed to the open sharing of research outputs.
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
    OECD is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 37 member countries that works to build better policies for better lives. Among its Open Science goals is to encourage member and non-member economies to review policies to promote open science and to assess their impact on research and innovation.
  • European Commission –Open Science
    The European Commission is the executive branch of the European Union, which promoted open science policy from its inception in a holistic and integrated way, covering all aspects of the research cycle from scientific discovery and review to sharing knowledge, publishing, and outreach.
  • African Union Commission
    The African Union (AU) is a continental body consisting of the 55 member states that promotes Africa’s growth and economic development by championing citizen inclusion and increased cooperation and integration of African states.