As a basic framework for the IWG, three individual so called work streams have been set up. The results of the first work stream will trigger the beginning of the second work stream, with the third work stream running in parallel.
Project 1 forms the starting point to the investigation which is to map all scholarly research outputs in the last ten years to the global grand challenges of our times, thus providing new analytical insights into the societal relevance of research. As a basis for the mapping, five goals from the UN Sustainable Development Program have been selected. These are: Good Health and Well Being; Quality Education; Affordable and Clean Energy; Sustainable Cities and Communities; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and with more to follow. Similar configuration of themes been formulated around the world by funders and institutions. For example, the Dutch Government has collaborated with industry and researchers to publish its Wetenschapsvisie 2025 and Wetenschapsagenda.
In a second step, Work Stream Nr. 2 will take the results of SDG research mapping and conduct extensive impact analysis, especially in the area of non-academic impact. The work stream will also draw on bibliometric and altmetric indicators.
Work Stream Nr. 3 will extent the analysis to the researcher and library perspective by firstly, identifying the key areas of support for facilitating impact generation. Second, providing an overview of the existing tools and resources currently used by researchers. And third, developing a set of best practices on the most effective ways that researchers can optimize impact.
Together, the results of all three work streams will shed new light on the nature and scope of the impact and societal relevance of open research, thus allowing funders, institutions, and researchers to identify emerging trends and best practices.