Session Description: In India, a draft version of the 5th national Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) was released in January 2021 for public consultation. This policy instrument includes the provision of open research data from the public-funded research and education. Additionally, UNESCO released the draft version of the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, to be adopted by the Member States in November 2021. As a member country, India is also a party to the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and will have to implement the set of recommendations therein. In this context, the current session will explore the challenges and opportunities in implementing the Research Data and FAIR Data Framework in the country. The panelists will look into the open research data aspects at the institutional, funders', and national level in order to meet the national and international norms and obligations in collaborative research. The panelists will further suggest the necessary steps required to build up essential info-structure at the national, institutional, and funders' level, manpower requirements, advocacy for FAIR data principles, and aligning academic research in this direction. Data stewardship at the institutional level is also an important aspect in gaining momentum towards the FAIR data implementation. This aspect needs more introspection. FAIR data advocacy and data stewardship can also be strengthened, if we engage with the national science academies, research councils, researchers' professional associations, and other institutions. The panelists of this session will enlighten us on the way forward with their personal experiences, case studies, and success stories.
This Panel Discussion is organized by the Working Group for CODATA Indian National Committee.
Dr. Usha M. Munshi [CODATA India] Chair's Remarks
Dr. Anup Kumar Das [CODATA India; JNU] (3 Minutes) - About the Session
Prof. Vivek Singh [Department of Computer Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi] (12 minutes)
Dr. Moumita Koley [DST- Centre for Policy Research, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru] (12 minutes)
Prof. Sujit Bhattacharya [CSIR-National Institute of Science Communication & Policy Research, New Delhi] (12 minutes)
Dr. Uma Shankar Pandey [SNCW, University of Calcutta] (12 minutes)
Dr. Sridhar Gutam [ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research (ICAR-IIHR), Bengaluru] (12 minutes)
Dr. Shaily Gandhi [CODATA Connect Working Group; CODATA India] (5 Minutes)