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Trieste Next 2022: OGS and the value of Open Science

27 September 2022

On 24 September, the Museo Revoltella (Trieste, Italy) hosted the conference entitled "Environmental crisis: yes to reliable and shared science, no to waste of public money and fake news!" as part of the Trieste Next 2022 Science Festival. The event, organised by OGS, focused on the importance of Open Science.

The European and Global Knowledge Strategy aims to build a society where decisions are made based on scientific data. But what science do we need to address the alarming consequences of climate change, pollution and environmental degradation?

Paola Del Negro, Director General of the OGS, introduced the event and told the audience that the only possible answer is Open Science that is transparent, shared, reliable and accessible to all, and that respects intellectual property and confidentiality.
Elena Giglia, Head of the Open Access Office at the University of Turin, talks about the key principles of Open Science such as open source, free access to data and publications, citizen participation through Citizen Science. She explains that:"the COVID19 pandemic has shown that data are needed, not only scientific results. They urge immediately to everyone to ensure faster progress."
P. Del Negro shared that the OGS has been investing in the principles of Open Science for the past ten years and in recent years has steadily expanded its efforts in the areas of marine research, geophysics, seismology and polar research.
In this context, Alessandra Giorgetti, in charge of the National Oceanographic Data Centre, recalled the main steps taken by the OGS since the 1980s to collect, standardise, control and secure marine data and make them freely available through consolidated European data infrastructures such as SeaDataNet and EMODnet. In her presentation, she also explained the importance of fostering synergies between interconnected activities such as environmental monitoring and data management, as promoted by the Horizon 2020 project EUROqCHARM.
Mauro Bastianini, CNR researcher, confirmed the need for data to be findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable, and re-emphasised with many examples the importance of interaction between institutes to study the Earth as a whole, in a holistic way and without strict division into fields or disciplines.

Open science is now the prerequisite and standard approach to the scientific process to address climate change and the associated negative impacts on the environment and human health.