Project detail

PathOS - Open Science Impact Pathways

PathOS is a Horizon Europe-funded project aimed at identifying and quantifying the Key Impact Pathways of Open Science (OS) in relation to the research system and its interactions with economic and societal actors. Within this project, CSIL focuses on developing indicators for the economic impacts of Open Science and measuring both direct and indirect effects.

The project aims to understand how Open Science influences innovation, knowledge transfer, and economic efficiency. Specifically, PathOS explores areas such as new products and methods resulting from OS, the usage of patents, and the accelerated knowledge transfer from the reuse of OS outputs by the industry. Additionally, the project examines the efficiency in production costs due to open tools and software, the creation of start-ups and spin-offs, and academic-industry collaborations in OS. Economic costs and benefits, particularly related to publishing and Article Processing Charges (APCs), are also analysed.

The primary goal of PathOS is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the impact pathways of Open Science on the economy and society, broken down by cross-cutting issues like gender, health, environment, and economic sectors (NACE).

CSIL leads the work package dedicated to a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) approach for assessing selected open science practices. This involves:

  • Developing indicators for the impact of OS on the economy.
  • Measuring direct and indirect effects, such as innovation and knowledge transfer.
  • Conducting a Cost Benefit Analysis to identify and quantify the costs and benefits associated with specific Open Science practices using a common methodological framework.

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Client: Horizon Europe
Client type: public
Year: 2022-2025
Consortium: Athena Research and Innovation (leader), CSIL, ELIXIR, UMINHO, ULEI, CNRS, KNOW, OpenAIRE, TGB, OPIX (partners)
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