On the occasion of the official launch of the European Open Science Cloud - the platform that provides access to Open Science services offered by European research institutions - among many candidates the CNR Institute of Information Science and Technology 'A. Faedo' (ISTI) was selected as a virtuous example of Open Science.
The CNR-ISTI researcher Gianpaolo Coro presented the result of the work carried out with his colleagues, concerning the prediction of the invasion of the Mediterranean by the dangerous silver puffer fish through the use of the digital infrastructure 'D4Science', developed by ISTI and present on the portal European Open Science Cloud - EOSC.
After several hearings, with the participation of prestigious European organizations and institutes, the approaches that CNR-ISTI researchers have developed on the D4Science infrastructure have been selected as the main example of Open Science for the official launch of the EOSC portal.
The CNR news website summarizes the event and its importance. The popular science magazine New Scientist correlated this work with that of different institutes (European and non-European) by highlighting their complementarities.
As Coro explains, by selecting his work "the EC praised the ability to conduct experiments in compliance with Open Science directives, in terms of reusability, repeatability, and reproducibility of processes and data, while producing results with high social impact. Further, the work done by Coro demonstrated that Open Science can be a synonym of methodological transparency in the production of scientific results. Indeed, this transparency convinced FAO and WWF domain experts and decision makers to include Coro’s results in their strategy document on “climate change implications for Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries”, which sets guidelines to stem the spread of alien and invasive species like the silver cheeked puffer fish.
With these approaches, it seems the 3 Rs of Open Science (Hey, T., Tansley, S., & Tolle, K. M. (2009). The fourth paradigm: data-intensive scientific discovery (Vol. 1). Redmond, WA: Microsoft research) are no longer just a goal and/or an objective to continue talking about, but a reality already present among us and available for various uses and re-uses."
The results of Coro and colleagues were published by the magazine Ecological Modelling, by Elsevier, in the article entitled Forecasting the ongoing invasion of Lagocephalus sceleratus in the Mediterranean Sea.
Congratulations to Gianpaolo Coro and his collaborators!