Open Science is a global movement that has changed the culture and practice of research around the world. Through Open Science, researchers have the opportunity to share and access raw research data resulting from various scientific disciplines. In addition, sharing research data can strengthen the integrity and empower the quality of research, as well as contribute to more efficient research data management and build public trust in Science.
In line with the various benefits from sharing research data, the Open Science movement is also supported by various international bodies such as the International Science Council (ISC), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Bank. Malaysia, like other countries, also supports Open Science in manifesting the sharing of research data that meets international standards, namely the FAIR principle (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).
Universiti Malaya Open Science (UMOS) is a Universiti Malaya (UM) initiative dedicated to providing access to and encouraging the sharing of research data produced by UM researchers. UMOS is founded on three main foundations: the construction of research data repositories, the preparation of data sharing policies and guidelines, and the development of capacity and awareness. The launch of UMOS will spearhead Open Science activities at Universiti Malaya, and at the same time support the national Open Science agenda through the Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP), as well as other Open Science efforts at regional and international levels.
The launching of Universiti Malaya Open Science (UMOS) Initiative is the first to be held at Universiti Malaya (UM). This program is organized with the objective of introducing Universiti Malaya Open Science (UMOS) and giving exposure to the advantages of Open Science to UM citizens. This program is also expected to encourage UM researchers to share research data and increase collaboration between Universiti Malaya and other universities.