Thanks to information and communication technology and globalisation there are now new opportunities to exchange results of scientific research- publications and research data - and even scientific methods and practices.
With open science, this has to do above all with researchers and the increasing quality of their work. The scientific community is aware of these opportunities and that is why this National Plan Open Science sets out first and foremost what the parties involved are already doing now and what they plan to do to grasp these opportunities and at the same time make science even more accessible to others. The transition towards an open science system requires ambition, investments in people and resources, and alertness to risks, because they too exist.
Many national initiatives have already been launched. A major boost is required if these initiatives are to be coordinated and the great ambition realised. That is why this Plan lists the ambitions and provides details of the parties intending to take action, as well as the timeframes within which they believe they can realise their objectives.
The following pages outlines perspectives in the Netherlands on the National Open Science Plan, with regard to:
- the definition of open science;
- the question of why open science is important;
- the content of the National Open Science Plan, and how it was created; and
- what the National Open Science Plan entails.
 DANS, The Young Academy, DTL, GO FAIR, KB, KNAW, LCRDM, Netherlands eScience Center, NFU, NWO, PNN, SURF, 4TU.Centre for Research Data, UKB, VH, VSNU, ZonMw, at the time of publication.