Open Research Data Forum

The Forum was established early in 2014, following a meeting at the Royal Society to follow up the findings and recommendations of the report Science as an Open Enterprise.

It is made up of individuals representing funders, universities and research institutes, learned societies, libraries, publishers, and a range of other bodies that provide technical expertise relating to research data.

Its purpose is to

  • promote the development of an open system for data arising from research that is funded from public and charitable sources;
  • encourage the adoption of practical steps to implement an efficient open data system;
  • provide an effective network for the exchange of information;
  • facilitate links with relevant organizations and initiatives overseas; and
  • advocate to Government any steps that it could take to support necessary changes.

The Forum normally meets twice a year. The RIN provides the secretariat for the Forum.

Links to notes of meetings and other documents produced by the Forum are listed below.

Report of the first Forum meeting, 21-22 January 2014

Report of the second Forum meeting , 9-10 October 2014

Note  of a US/UK Open Data meeting held in Washington with the US Committee on Coherence at Scale, 25 April 2014

Joint statement of the principles of Open Data drafted following the US/UK Open Data meeting June 2014

Page updated 28 Nov 2014