The main goal of the Open Knowledge pillar is to openly disseminate its published scientific results beyond the traditional academic dissemination channels, and to ensure that these results achieve maximum visibility by other researchers and in general the stakeholders. Opening up access to research results produced by members of the KIOS CoE, it allows other interested parties to build on-top of that work and promotes further research, innovation activities and entrepreneurship in the area of CIS. Moreover, the Open Knowledge pillar has a significant impact on the way research is shared and knowledge is managed within the KIOS CoE, thus enhancing scientific excellence.
The Open Knowledge pillar is comprised of procedures and tools aimed towards improving the reproducibility and repeatability of all the published scientific results produced within the KIOS CoE. Specifically, the Open Knowledge pillar is comprised of the following components.
Scientific publications produced within the KIOS CoE will be released under the “green” or the “gold” open access model. By openly disseminating scientific publications, besides transparency, it will enable academic and scientific stakeholders to utilise the KIOS CoE research outputs and outcomes, both in the general areas of ICT and specific areas of CIS, in academia for basic and applied research, in education curricula, in the industry and in public authorities working on CIS. The scientific publications of KIOS CoE are self-archived in Zenodo, an OpenAIRE-compatible platform.
All data relevant to the scientific results published in open access will be released as open research data (considering the relevant data management plan). These data will be self-archived in an appropriate platform, such as Zenodo, which is linked to the OpenAIRE platform. In some cases, datasets collected from real-world CIS via the collaborators of the KIOS CoE will also serve as benchmarks for future and emerging research, securing the KIOS CoE’s aspiration to become a leading institution in CIS research.
Where possible, the software needed for validating published research results will be made available (in open or closed form, considering their IP exploitation plan). Software libraries, modules and tools, will be released in an appropriate platform, such as GitHub. The tools will enable KIOS CoE research not only to be evaluated by other scientific and academic institutions, providing visibility and credibility, but also, various CIS authorities can experiment first-hand and apply the research results directly in their systems. Users, in turn, can also choose to contribute to those tools that are released under an open-source license, by providing feedback, suggesting modifications to the code, detecting bugs, etc.
Even when all the data and executable algorithms are available, a user may require specific software licences and hardware on their computer to reproduce a research result. This is limiting the ability to verify the developed methods independently. For this reason, the KIOS CoE goes one step further towards open science, by allowing anyone to reproduce and repeat the scientific results under different assumptions using web-based access. This solution will enable researchers to demonstrate the methods of their published results, and any user will be able to re-execute these results via the web and on the cloud infrastructure of the KIOS CoE.
Open access publication and data are usually stored at different repositories. The KIOS CoE will deploy a custom web-based system (e.g. based on the Open Science Framework open-source platform) for allowing researchers to create public websites for each of their research outputs (e.g. associated with projects or publications), which can connect via APIs to the different repositories. The software will allow sharing and collaboration as well as discussion, and will also allow monitoring open-science metrics (such as Altmetric score, which is being used by Imperial’s open-access Spiral repository).