The Beijing Declaration on Research Data


The global challenge of understanding and alleviating important threats to the environment, human health, and sustainability in a rapidly changing environment requires - now more than ever - that research data be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable (FAIR), and as open as possible on a global scale.

It is becoming increasingly important that scientific discovery is not unnecessarily hampered by fragmented and closed systems, and that conservation of research data transcends the traditional, proprietary approach of scholarly publishing. In order to deal with these increasingly pressing issues, new policies and principles on research data and the associated tools and infrastructure will need to be coordinated and implemented as a matter of urgency.

The International Council of Science Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) and its Data Policy Committee convened in Beijing in September 2019 to discuss current data policy issues, resulting in a set of data policies adapted to the new Open Science paradigm.  Named the Beijing Declaration, the resulting document is intended as a timely statement of the core principles of open data and research, encouraging global cooperation. The Declaration builds on and acknowledges the many national and international efforts that have been undertaken in the policy and technical spheres on a worldwide basis.  Major contributions are listed in the Appendix.

GODAN applaud this important step in support of scientific research and technological advance.

Read the full text of Beijing Declaration on Research Data here.