Modern science features an increasing drift to support openness in the whole research cycle. New policies have been developed to sustain this trend of allowing and promoting accessibility to the outputs of publicly funded research, mainly scientific publications and research data. However, the current legal background, traditionally closed and restricted, represents to some extent a tangible barrier. Under these premises, the module offers an introduction to open science and the law, particularly intellectual property law, privacy and data protection, to postgraduate students of any disciplines.
Special attention is given to Open Access Publications, Open Research Data, Open Peer Review and Open Educational Resources.
No previous legal knowledge is required as students will learn the core dynamics affecting the open science world, focusing on the opportunities and the benefits of making science and research open while being introduced to the legal constraints that risk endangering this treasured process.
The module comprises short lecturers and practical demos, hands-on activities and discussions. Reading the learning materials is essential and active participation in class is required.