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Work group

Open Science National Policy

Following theResolution of the Council of Ministers 21/2016the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education was mandated to create an Interministerial Working Group whose mission is to present a proposal for a Strategic Plan for the implementation of a National Open Science Policy (GT-PNCA).

In this regard, the working group should:

  • Advise the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education on the strategic orientation of the Open Science initiative.

  • Carry out a diagnosis of the current state of Open Science practices in Portugal in its multiple components.

  • Promote dialogue with the scientific community and society in general around issues associated with Open Science, namely on open access to publications and data, information infrastructure for publications and data, digital repositories, digital preservation, institutional policies, evaluation and incentives , intellectual property, collaborative research practices and social engagement.

  • Identify best practices around Open Science and develop guidelines, training and awareness programs aimed at different profiles.

  • Propose sectoral targets and indicators with the aim of promoting a monitored and transparent transition to Open Science.

Structure and Composition

International Observer Group


of Work Science


Advisory Committee

executive comission




GT Access

Open and Open Data



and Digital Preservation

WG Scientific Evaluation

The WG-PNCA is structured in two commissions that include members of the institutions of the national scientific and technological system, as well as other relevant organizations. The Consultative Committee is responsible for issuing non-binding opinions on the interim reports and final report of the working subgroups. The Executive Committee is responsible for monitoring the development of the work. The work subgroups are responsible for producing studies and recommendations, organized around four axes: i) Open access and open data; ii) Infrastructure and digital preservation; iii) Scientific evaluation; iv) Scientific social responsibility;

The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives of the following entities:


  • Foundation for Science and Technology, IP;

  • Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities;

  • Coordinating Council of Higher Polytechnic Institutes;

  • ANI - National Innovation Agency, SA;

  • Portuguese Association of Private Higher Education Institutions;

  • Ciência Viva - National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture;

  • National Data Protection Commission;

  • Agency for Development and Cohesion, IP;

  • Portuguese Association of Publishers and Booksellers;

  • Directorate-General for Education and Science Statistics;

  • Directorate-General for Higher Education;

  • A3Es - Higher Education Assessment and Accreditation Agency;

  • Portuguese Association of Higher Education Publishers;

  • Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries;

  • National Library of Portugal;

  • Academic Associations and Student Structures.


The Executive Committee is made up of MCTES representatives (Ana Alves Pereira, Cristina Caldeira, Filipe Guimarães Silva) and the coordinators and rapporteurs of the working subgroups.


The working subgroups are organized as follows:


  • Open access and open data;

Eloy Rodrigues| University of Minho – Coordinator

Vasco Vaz| Foundation for Science and Technology - Rapporteur

dauphin lion| Coimbra University

Dulce Correia| Polytechnic Institute of Leiria

José Magalhães| Digital World Observatory

Maria Joao Lover| ISCTE-IUL

Pedro Campos| Portuguese Society of Authors


  • Infrastructure and digital preservation;

Joao Nuno Ferreira| Foundation for Science and Technology – Coordinator

Cristina Ribeiro| Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto - Rapporteur

Inês Cordeiro| National Library of Portugal

Joao Mendes Moreira| Foundation for Science and Technology  

Francisco Barbedo| Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries Libraries


  • Scientific evaluation;

Ligia Ribeiro| Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto – Coordinator

Maria Manuel Borges| Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra – Rapporteur

Ana Sanchez| Foundation for Science and Technology  

Diana Silva| Polytechnic Institute of Porto

Karin Wall| Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon

Nuno Lima| Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities of the New University of Lisbon


  • scientific social responsibility

Pedro Príncipe| University of Minho - Coordinator

Carlos Catalan| Ciência Viva - Rapporteur

Filipe Leal| ActiveLibrary

Ivo Neto| Association of Scientific Research Fellows

Gonçalo Madail| RTP - Portuguese Radio and Television

Manuela Silva| Min Edu School Bibs

Daisy Potter| Public Libraries Network - DGLAB

Monica Peter| FABLABs


The WG's activities have been complemented with other initiatives under the responsibility of MCTES, namely, the promotion of work meetings and meetings with national and foreign specialists, in different aspects of Open Science.

The GT-PNCA final report will be completed in February 2017 and will be analyzed by a group of international observers who will issue an opinion. The proposal for the National Open Science Policy will be publicly presented in April 2017, when it will be publicly discussed.

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