The Dutch National eScience Symposium is a one-day event where academic researchers, industry representatives and policy makers from various disciplines meet. The focus is on the application of innovative digital technologies for the advancement of Open Science.
According to the European Commission “Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools. The idea captures a systemic change to the way science and research have been carried out for the last fifty years: shifting from the standard practices of publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing and using all available knowledge at an earlier stage in the research process.” The 2017 Coalition Agreement of the Dutch cabinet states that very soon “Open Science […] will be the norm in scientific research”.
The systematic change of the practice of science is made possible only by a close collaboration between practitioners, policy makers, and the designers and developers of new digital solutions and tools. In particular, the role of research software and support is essential. The 2019 National eScience Symposium is an opportunity for anyone working in academia, industry, research funding, research publishing, and research policy to engage in fruitful discussions with advanced technology experts. It is the place for knowledge exchange on these topics, and to help shape and define the future of Open Science.