Open science is about sharing research data and making scientific publications (digitally) available to a large audience. Publicly funded research must be publicly accessible. Dutch Minister of Science Van Engelshoven sees open science as an important priority of the Coalition Agreement.
The Netherlands is known as a pioneer in this field in Europe. This also became apparent during the Netherlands' EU presidency in 2016. They helped introduce the ambitions that by 2020 all scientific articles should be freely accessible, research data is to be optimally available for reuse and researchers must be valued and rewarded for sharing research data and results.
The Netherlands feels that open science should be encouraged and supported and has documented these ambitions in its National Plan Open Science, which was presented to the National Platform Open Science exactly one year ago. A large number of organisations with a stake in this development are working together on this platform. Since its launch one year ago, the percentage of open-access publications has gone up and the sharing of research data has soared. The Netherlands has also taken the lead to create a European platform together with Germany and France to make all this possible: the GO FAIR initiative.
To interconnect the various Platform activities and monitor progress, it was decided to appoint a National Coordinator for Open Science. Karel Luyben will be filling this position. He was also given the specific task to make 'the scientist's voice' heard on the Platform. Karel Luyben was appointed by the National Platform Open Science, in which organisations such as VSNU, KNAW, NWO, VH, PNN, KB, SURF, NFU, ZonMW and GO-FAIR have joined forces.
Minister Van Engelshoven supported the appointment: "I am very pleased with this decision. Luyben is no stranger to the European networks and has a proven track record in the field of open science. I feel he has the expertise to set in motion and interconnect the national and international open science policies."
For more information, you can consult the Open Science website.