The United States is falling behind in the construction of open research commons

Although many countries are positioning themselves to be more scientifically competitive in the near future, by implementing strategies to make research data and resources more open and accessible, Philp Bourne and his colleagues say that the United States United are falling behind. According to the authors of the Policy Forum, this inaction undermines the competitiveness and leadership of national research and limits global science that could benefit from American contributions. Many aspects of global research are rapidly evolving to be more open, accessible, and support rapid-response investigations, such as understanding COVID-19. What’s more, research – especially that aimed at addressing complex global challenges like climate change – is increasingly conducted as part of major transnational efforts. This has led to concerted efforts to create a unified Open Research Commons (ORC) to facilitate the sharing of global research resources and data between the public and private sectors. According to Bourne et al., as these collaborative initiatives progress around the world, progress in establishing an ORC is lagging in the United States due to a lack of leadership, focus, and coordination. . The authors suggest that all US research stakeholders, including major US research funding agencies and government leaders, work together to create a more connected and accessible research infrastructure that spans federal, state and local resources. . “Only then will there be opportunities to maximize productivity and innovation to solve global problems,” write Bourne and his colleagues. “Other countries and regions are taking these same steps. It is time for the United States to intervene.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh