At its 109th session in October 2016, the OECD Committee for Science and Technology Policy (CSTP) discussed and approved a proposed joint development of a possible new overarching recommendation on enhanced access to data, together with the Committee for Digital Economy Policy (CDEP) and the Public Governance Committee (PGC). The OECD Council has adopted six Recommendations concerning the governance of data, starting already in the 1980s (see box). A dedicated project is identifying gaps in current data governance frameworks, which will enable identifying the common elements that could be further developed as general principles on enhanced access to data, possibly resulting in an OECD umbrella legal instrument adopted by Council.
In March 2018, the CSTP joined forces with the Global Science Forum in organising a workshop ‘Towards New Principles For Enhanced Access To Public Data For Science, Technology And Innovation’ with the objective to deepen the gap analysis already initiated through the recent survey report. You will find the agenda, bio-book of speakers and a meeting summary attached. A survey was conducted in mid-2017 to assess the current use of the Recommendation, the results of which are summarised in "Open Access To Data In Science, Technology And Innovation – Initial Survey Findings", discussed by the CSTP at its 111th Meeting in October 2017.
During 2018, OECD member and partner countries were invited to submit specific case studies of policies implemented in the domain of enhanced access to public data for science, technology and innovation. Twelve countries have submitted case studies, and those case studies are accessible via the .
In October 2018, a draft document [COM/DSTI/CDEP/STP/GOV/PGC(2018)1] has been submitted to the CSTP, the CDEP, and the PGC with initial findings concerning common policy issues in favour of enhanced access to and sharing of data.”