Digitization and open access in focus in Brussels

“An eye-opener”. That is how University Chancellor Harriet Wallberg describes the workshop Open science in an open world, held in the European Parliament.

How to make scientific data avaliable

One of the focus areas of the workshop was how scientific data is to be made more widely available and how digitization and today's vast flow of information creates new challenges in research and education.

I led a panel that, among other things, discussed the issue of open access versus the current system of publication in scientific journals. What are the advantages and disadvantages of open access? Should there be incentives for researchers to publish more in channels that are completely open? Are we beginning to see an abundance of information that prevents more public publishing of scientific papers and data? Many interesting issues were raised, says Harriet Wallberg.

Digitization brings challenges

Wallberg connects the issues of digitization and information flows to educational challenges in Sweden.

This is not something that lies ahead of us in the future; this perspective must be incorporated into the education now. It concerns how students can assimilate information and learn to navigate the vast amount of information that is already available. It is a complex task for teachers in our HEIs to tackle, says Harriet Wallberg.

The workshop in Brussels was well attended and among the participants were politicians from the European Parliament.

It is encouraging that so many politicians have these issues on their agenda, says Harriet Wallberg.