Title: The importance of open data and software: Is energy research lagging behind?
Authors: PFENNINGER StefanDECARIOLIS JosephHIRTH LionQUOILIN SYLVAINSTAFFELL Iain
Citation: ENERGY POLICY vol. 101 p. 211-215
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCI LTD
Publication Year: 2017
JRC N°: JRC104959
ISSN: 0301-4215
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421516306516
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC104959
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2016.11.046
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Energy policy often builds on insights gained from quantitative energy models and their underlying data. As climate change mitigation and economic concerns drive a sustained transformation of the energy sector, transparent and well-founded analyses are more important than ever. We assert that models and their associated data must be openly available to facilitate higher quality science, greater productivity through less duplicated effort, and a more effective science-policy boundary. There are also valid reasons why data and code are not open: ethical and security concerns, unwanted exposure, additional workload, and institutional or personal inertia. Overall, energy policy research ostensibly lags behind other fields in promoting more open and reproducible science. We take stock of the status quo and propose actionable steps forward for the energy research community to ensure that it can better engage with decision-makers and continues to deliver robust policy advice in a transparent and reproducible way.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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