COAR, LIBER and OpenAIRE have jointly responded to a proposal from DG Connect for a Framework for Action addressing research data infrastructures. LIBER, COAR and OpenAIRE strongly support the development of an open, interoperable e-infrastructure for scientific data through the engagement of the relevant actors, including libraries and repositories supporting researchers in their scientific endeavor. This framework for action is highly relevant, both for the success of data driven science and also the uptake and impact of open access policies and initiatives. It recognises the changing nature of research and the importance of engaging the whole stakeholder ecosystem in the development and integration of research data e-infrastructures.
Besides its strengths the three initiatives identified some gaps , i.e they would welcome a more horizontal approach within each of the fiches. Involvement of all relevant stakeholders (for example, researchers, research institutions, universities, libraries, repositories, data centers, publishers etc.) is essential for the supporting of discoverability, navigation and (re)use of research data and literature. Additionally more attention to research institutions and the long-tail of research is needed. The fiches should give more importance to universities to establish skills and services. In addition the development of a clear workflow between research institutions and data centres should be supported.
In conclusion, the group aggrees that:
- the framework is highly relevant and recognizes the changing nature of research support,
- that the fiches will provide opportunities for libraries and repositories to support open science in a structured way and
- it is essential that continuing professional development is supported through engagement with the broader stakeholder community in order to share and develop best practice.