Japan: NII work with COS to promote open science

(28 Jan 2020)  National Institute of Informatics (NII, Director General: Masaru Kitsuregawa, Tokyo, JAPAN) signed an international exchange agreement (Memorandum of Understanding: MOU) with the Center for Open Science (COS, Executive Director: Professor Brian Nosek, Charlottesville, Virginia, US) in the United States on 29th October 2019. Through this agreement, the two organizations aim to contribute to the further promotion of open science by collaborating and cooperating in the research and development of necessary technology for research data management (RDM). First, GakuNin RDM is a research data management (RDM) platform designed by NII which adopted the Open Science Framework (OSF) developed by COS. NII is going to provide the RDM service as a production scale in the latter half of FY2020.

National Institute of Informatics (NII) is developing a research data management (RDM) platform, “GakuNin RDM,” in Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform (RCOS, Director: Digital Content and Media Sciences Research Division, NII, Professor Kazutsuna Yamaji). GakuNin RDM is expected to bring innovation through appropriate share and management of research data. Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization that aims at promoting open science globally and has been developing and providing research data infrastructure called Open Science Framework (OSF) since 2013. OSF is open-source software for RDM service with high scalability and operability. NII adopted OSF technology for GakuNin RDM and equally conducted research and development services in collaboration with COS. In the future, NII hopes to develop GakuNin RDM suitable to the needs of Japanese universities and research institutions.

In addition to these technological developments, we will participate in educational activities needed to promote RDM thinking. COS develops and operates OSF and RDM training courses, and aims to incorporate such knowledge into educational activities of open science. As NII develops RDM training courses in collaboration with Japanese university libraries, both institutions share knowledge and experience. Also, NII and COS collaborate to promote international open science.

The news release is here.