The theme of the first edition of Science International, which took place from 7-9 December 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa, was ‘Big Data/Open Data’. It developed an international accord on the values of open data in the emerging scientific culture of big data. The Accord recognizes the need for an international framework of principles on “Open Data in a Big Data World” and proposes a comprehensive set of principles. The Accord reflects our belief that in an era of big data research, open data is essential to allow rigorous independent testing and replication of findings. It is essential, as well, to allow developing nations full participation in the global research enterprise.
Following the publication of the accord, Science International set out on a campaign seeking organizational endorsements for the principles set out in the accord “Open Data in a Big Data World”.
In 2018 scoping work began on a new Science International initiative, on the topic of at-risk researchers. The initiative was launched in June 2020, and is being led by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) under the auspices of Science International. Find out more in our Action Plan.