UCD Side Event: Open Science and Digital Innovation-  SDG Education, Research and Science Policy Interfaces

7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals | Department of Economic and Social Affairs (un.org)

Recorded UCD Side Event Title: Open Science and Digital Innovation in SDG Education, Research and Science Policy Interfaces.
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Speakers ( 5 mins X 5 speakers and 25mins for Q & A)

Chair Patrick Paul Walsh,  UCD and SDG Academy (SDSN)

(Education – UCD Centre for Sustainable Development Studies & SDG Academy )

Thanos,  Giannakopoulos, Chief, Dag Hammarskjöld Library

( The role of UN Headquarters’ Library (Libraries) in mainstreaming Open Science in Research and the Science-Practice-Policy Interfaces.)

Niamh Brennan, Trinity College Dublin and OpenAlRE

(Niamh Brennan (openaire.eu)BOAI20 – Budapest Open Access Initiative )

Zeynep Varoglu, Programme Specialist & Coordinator of the OER Dynamic Coalition, UNESCO

(Open Educational Resources (OER ) and links to Open Science and Digital Innovation, and in particular with regard to the UNESCO OER http://portal.unesco.org/en/ev.php-URL_ID=49556&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html )

Radhika,  lyengar,  Earth Institute Columbia University.

(This Mission 4.7 platform- Mission. 4.7 (google.com))

Stephen Wyber,  IFLA Director Policy and Advocacy

Resources – IFLA


In a paper for International Association of Universities (IAU Horizons), we argue that the current knowledge in the Global Science Commons is far inside the knowledge frontier required to create a sustainable operating space for humanity.

Three recommendations are made to enhance FAIR Open Knowledge in a Global Commons, with the potential to be used in a continuum of SDG Education in lifelong learning to achieve SDG4, target 7(Mission 4.7).

  1. Knowledge for use in Education is not always stored in an open manner that meet FAIR principles (findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reusability – explicit data‑capable open license.) Nor is content oriented to the SDGs. FAIR Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERRs) for the SDGs needs to be embedded in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and related agencies as a norm.
  2. SDG knowledge for quality education/training at all levels needs to be available for all stakeholders across all nations.  Stakeholders, particularly universities, need to take advantage of the digital innovation and platforms available in libraries in most countries, which can host  Open, FAIR and Quality content for SDG Education.
  3. HEIs and their networks need to be supported  by governments, donor agencies and institutions worldwide to focus on creating  FAIR Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERRs) for the SDGs that feed into SDG Education and Training Programs. (such as Teacher Training, ESG Training and Masters programs)

We do have organizations committed to this mission, including members of SDG Academy, Mission 4.7, UN Headquarters’ Library (Libraries network) OER Dynamic Coalition, UNESCO and   IFLA.

Multi-stakeholder partnerships, led by libraries, can harness the power of FAIR Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERRs) for the SDGs to create the global knowledge commons needed to allow all people be educated and trained to implement the SDGs in any corner of the planet.

Note: Open Educational Resource Repositories (OERRs), is an online storage system that allows educators to share, manage and use education resources. Repositories can contain a collection of learning items that support instruction, including: open textbooks, lesson plans, quizzes and test banks, videos, animations, simulations, class handouts, interactive activities and tools (apps, for instance), power point presentations


Walsh, Patrick Paul (2021) The Global Science Commons and Sustainable Development. IAU Horizons 26(2):32-33. Available at: https://www.iau-aiu.net/IMG/pdf/iau_horizons_vol_26_2.pdf. Accessed 2 Mar 2022

Mark D. Wilkinson; Michel Dumontier; IJsbrand Jan Aalbersberg; et al. (15 March 2016). “The FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship”. Scientific Data. 3 (1): 160018. doi:10.1038/SDATA.2016.18. ISSN 2052-4463. PMC 4792175. PMID 26978244.