Knowledge Society (COSE)
Owing to its inclusive nature, the knowledge society promotes and follows the four fundamental principles for the development, fair generation, distribution and access to knowledge singled out by UNESCO: cultural diversity, access to education, access to information and freedom of expression. The study activities present in COSE on the components that influence and affect levels of social, scientific and cultural development concern different subjects and goals each time: stakeholders, primary and secondary actors, resources involved and data. The research topics reflect some, if not all, of the abovementioned principles. The research concerns the area of science policy, in particular tackling the topics of human resources, gender equality in research, high-level education and international mobility. The studies in the most advanced areas of open access to information also relate to the measurement and non-traditional evaluation of research performance, such as assisted self-evaluation and altmetrics. The large number of projects funded, in particular by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, bears witness to the appeal held by the topics followed and the efficacy and efficiency of the research group carrying them out.
Key words: science policy, gender equity in research, education, assisted self-assessment, altmetrics