The Belmont Forum held a meeting of principals in Oslo from 15-16 October. We are very pleased to report that the Belmont Forum has accepted the e-infrastructure Community Strategy and Implementation Plan. In addition, they strengthened the Data Principles recommended in the CSIP and officially adopted the “Data Policy and Principles” for the Belmont Forum. Furthermore, it was decided that the data e-infrastructure recommendations will move forward into an implementation phase, and work has been started on determining leads and participation in the Action Themes by the Belmont Forum participants.
Congratulations to the all the participants of this project, in particular the members of the Steering Committee and our national assembly members in the work packages, on a tremendous body of work. Preliminary commitments have been made by Belmont Forum agencies for each of the actions, and the formal confirmation process is underway. The Belmont Forum members are now each considering how they will participate in the implementation phase. A meeting to discuss the next phase of the project will be held in San Francisco on 12-13 December, just before the AGU fall meeting. For additional information, please contact the Secretariat.
The text of the document adopted in Oslo is reproduced below:
Belmont Forum Data Policy and Principles
The Belmont Forum adopts this data policy and the following principles to widen access to data and promote its long-term preservation in global change research; help improve data management and exploitation; coordinate and integrate disparate organizational and technical elements; fill critical global e-infrastructure gaps; share best practices; and foster new data literacy.
The Belmont Forum recognizes that significant advances in open access to data have been achieved and implementation of this policy and these principles requires support by a highly skilled workforce. The Belmont Forum recommends a broad-based training and education curriculum as an integral part of research programs and encourages researchers to be aware of, and plan for, the costs of data intensive research. The Belmont Forum’s ambition is that this policy and these principles will take positive steps toward establishing a global, interoperable e-infrastructure based on cost-effective solutions that can help enable actionable and societally beneficial science.
Data should be:
• Discoverable through catalogues and search engines
• Accessible as open data by default, and made available with minimum time delay
• Understandable in a way that allows researchers—including those outside the discipline of origin—to use them
• Manageable and protected from loss for future use in sustainable, trustworthy repositories
The Belmont Forum and its members will support and promote this data policy and principles with the intent of making these data principles enforceable over time.