The Federal Open Science Repository: A Key Destination on Canada’s Roadmap to Open Science
Until now, a large part of Government of Canada scientists and researchers have not had the infrastructure to make their scientific publications openly available. This session outlines how we are addressing this gap, through the development of the Federal Open Science Repository (FOSR), a shared repository to make federally funded scientific outputs accessible to all. The FOSR, which will help meet key recommendations of Canada’s Roadmap for Open Science, is a horizontal initiative among federal departments. Collaborators include the Office of Chief Science Advisor of Canada, Shared Service Canada, the Federal Science Libraries Network/National Research Council Canada, and eight science-based departments and agencies. The first stage of the cross-departmental effort will launch in fall 2022, when the FOSR will be moved from pilot to production. This session will outline the FOSR’s journey to date; including milestones, the collaboration model, technical infrastructure, and future vision. The session will also outline the challenges encountered and how we addressed them, as well as some lessons learned, hopefully providing insight to inform similar horizontal initiatives.