In recent years, Open Science movement is gaining traction in many countries with international bodies such as International Science Council (ISC), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank are championing and advocating Open Science globally. The international principle of making research data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) will not only democratize knowledge, it reinforces open scientific inquiry and integrity, enables better research management and promotes open innovation, citizen science as well as data intensive research. Integrating the diverse data streams and huge datasets across multiple disciplines offers unprecedented insights and solutions towards local, regional and global complex challenges.

Recognizing the importance of harnessing the potential impact of Open Science, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), formerly known as MESTECC, has launched the Malaysia Open Science Platform (MOSP) Pilot Initiative on 7 November 2019. Through the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM), the Malaysia Open Science Alliance was formed to pave the way towards realizing MOSP as a strategic transformative initiative to strengthen STI Collaborative Ecosystem for Malaysia. The aim of this initiative is to make Malaysia’s research data as a valuable national asset by developing a trusted platform that enables accessibility and sharing of research data aligned to national priorities and international best practices.

The Pilot Initiative with five Research Universities (RU) is a three-year (2020-2022) project funded by MOSTI, spearheaded by Malaysia Open Science Alliance and implemented by the Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM). Three focus areas in this project are as follows: