A new science eco-system is in the making: Open Science. It will impact the way research is carried out and reported, in particular focussing on improving the way research data is stored and shared. Open Science aims to make research and development more effective by improving the communication of scientific knowledge through free access to research results, by encouraging researchers to share their data, and ensuring that data are complete, comprehensive and transparent.
The lack of a framework for structured and standardized data reporting and the largely outdated infrastructure for reporting and publishing scientific research results means that the ability to validate, verify and reuse data is insufficient to allow data-driven research and development. A good way forward is to adopt the FAIR principles that aim to make aim to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.