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Discussing the Importance of Open Science at the National and Regional Levels

Open Science Forum for Asia and the Pacific Region

Putrajaya
13 February 2020
Dialogue on Open Science 

University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur  
14 February 2020

The Open Science Forum for Asia and the Pacific Region was held in Kuala Lumpur in the second week of February. The event was the product of The Academy of Sciences Malaysia's (ASM) collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change (MESTECC) and the International Science Council Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ISC-ROAP).

The forum was in conjunction with the 15th APEC’s Policy Partnership for Science, Technology and Innovation Meeting, and in line with the recently launched Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP) Initiative.

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Delegates and participants at the forum (pic courtesy of ASM).

The MOSP is a strategic transformative initiative set by the MESTECC and ASM to strengthen the national Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) collaborative ecosystem. It aims to make national research data an asset by developing a trusted platform that enables accessibility and sharing of data and information aligned to national priorities and international best practices. The second part of the discussion focusing on involvement from the academe and research institutions were held at the University of Malaya.

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YBhg. Datuk Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir, Secretary-General MESTECC, delivering her opening remarks (pic courtesy of ASM).

Cheryl Rita Kaur, Centre Head for the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment (CMER) and Nurfatin Wahida, a researcher from the Centre for Maritime Economics and Industries (MEI) attended both the forums. The forums gathered experts, government officials, academia, as well as non-governmental organisations interested in research and data sharing.

Among the speakers were President, Committee on Data of the International Science Council, Prof. Dr. Barend Mons, and Former Executive Director of the Australian National Data Service, Dr. Ross Wilkinson.

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Participants on the second day of the forum at looking at some of the challenges and issues faced in research and data sharing, and ways forward.

These forums provided an avenue for sharing best practices, experiences, and knowledge among Asia Pacific countries, as well as providing an opportunity for Malaysia to learn effective examples and best practices on pursuing the Open Science agenda at the national level. Overall, this is a work-in-progress and all relevant efforts will be continued at the national level. 

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