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Thursday, October 11 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Open Science Policies: Beyond the policy-making process

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The National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT) is the main founding institution for Mexican research activities. In 2017 Mexico, through CONACYT, became the first country enacting an Open Science Policy. Even when it can be considered as a remarkable milestone, I have seen many other challenges to tackle. During this session I would like to take 10 minutes to share my experience designing and implementing this mentioned policy and what I consider are the main elements to take into account like technical barriers, user's experience, political change, among others. I will attempt to answer at least 3 questions: How open science policies should look like?, Why research communities are the most significant variable in this equation? and Which are the toughest incentives to re-shape within this community? At the end of this exercise, I would like to encourage a 10 minutes discussion with the participants in order to retrieve new challenging questions arising from different fields of expertise and perspectives. Most of all, I wish to revisit concerns about open research data, the so far least developed area. The session notes could be considered as a recommendation list to draft open science policies.

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Eunice Mercado-Lara

Science and Technology Policy Deputy Director, National Council for Science and Technology
Eunice holds a major in International Relations and master studies in International Development. Her first approach to Open was in 2013, while collaborating as Visitor Research Associate within the AidData Research Lab from The William and Mary College. There she got familiar with... Read More →