Open science is the practising of science in a sustainable manner which gives others the opportunity to work with, contribute to and make use of the scientific process. This allows users 'from outside of the science world' to influence the research world with questions and ideas and help gather research data.
Make research results widely available
In principle, it is important for research to be publicly funded so that it can contribute to the community as a whole. An innovative, open model is required in order to make research results as widely available as possible: open science.
This has many advantages. For example, it allows patient organisations with scientific information to be a more equal partner in discussions with health insurance companies and pharmacists. Science can also promote and accelerate a better and fuller understanding for the community.
Reservations concerning open science
Alongside the advantages, there are also a number of reservations surrounding full open access. Think, for example, of competitive advantages, patent law and differences between national and international guidelines. In addition, non-scientists don't always interpret or understand the scientific process or the results correctly.