TAGES CEO Leyla Arsan has participated as a panelist to “Open Science Ecosystem Panel” which was organized on 22 October 2020. The panel was in the scope of “International Open Data Week” and broadcasted live from Creative Commons Turkey’s Youtube channel.
This year the International Open Access Week is celebrated all over the world between 19-25October, 2020. OPENAIRE Turkey Help Desk organized a panel called “Open Science Ecosystem Panel” which was held within the framework of ‘Open Access to Build Structural Equality and Inclusion’ theme. Many researchers and entrepreneurs from Turkey joined the panel to understand and follow the process of open data ecosystem.
İzmir İnstitute of Technology Library (IYTE) Director Gültekin Gürdal moderated the panel and made an opening speech about how the pandemic process affected the developments related to open science and emphasized the importance of the need for open data in this period.
TAGES CEO Leyla Arsan, TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM Director M. Mirat Satoğlu and Assoc. Dr. Gökhan Kiper discussed different aspects of the open science ecosystem and participatory and innovative approaches to global problems.
TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM Director M. Mirat Satoğlu started to his speech by sharing TÜBİTAK ULAKBİM’s studies on open data. He emphasized that when they increase resource transfers to researches, the quality expands. He also mentioned about TÜBİTAK’s open data platform APERTA. As of 2021, data will be uploaded to APERTA.
TAGES CEO Leyla Arsan, who has nearly 30 years of experience in open data projects for innovation, I4.0, artificial intelligence and ‘Smart Cities’, drew attention to the importance of the need for open data, which is actually in the center of United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals and continued; “The world has very serious common problems. All countries have started to work on these development goals. Many issues, from climate change to innovation, from education quality to health… In this sense, open data plays a very important role. “She pointed out that data sharing will accelerate new developments in medicine and said; “The whole world should share data openly. Machine learning, which is one of the sub-technologies of artificial intelligence, has improved a lot and it is now technologically possible to access disease data without accessing patient’s personal data. It should only be implemented with regulations. ”
Referring to the contribution of open data to sustainability, Leyla Arsan gave PlasticTwist Platform as an example and emphasizes the reuse of plastics; “We have created a platform called ‘The PlasticTwist’. Our aim is to make plastic more valuable by using tokens on top of the blockchain infrastructure where data will be open”
Gökhan Kiper, Vice President of IYTE, started to his speech by explaining how the relationship between academics and publishers affect the use of open data. Kiper said that academics around the world are in a more competitive atmosphere because of this form of relationship, and continued; “Unfortunately, this is something that negatively affects our publication quality and culture. As an academic you cannot put your study to your website and share it with the word. Somehow there is a compulsion to the contrary. If you want a progress on your study, you have to share your researches on selected research web sites. On the other hand, the fact that this is done with open access is of course very positive and something we support. However, we have to admit that academics are quite ignorant in this regard. “He emphasized that “perception” is the biggest obstacle in front of open access.
“Open Science Ecosystem Panel” was enriched with questions and comments, where the participants also showed great interest. You can click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSJ1J-SeOoI&ab_channel=CreativeCommonsT%C3%BCrkiye to access the live broadcast recording of the panel.