5th Meeting of the GNP HuB Network (5th GNP HuB Stammtisch)
Latest developments around Digital Sequence Information
The regulation of Digital Sequence Information (DSI) is an internationally highly debated topic. Ongoing negotiations include items that could have serious implications for the research community and how science is conducted. The 5th German Nagoya Protocol HuB Network meeting, which took place on the 8th of December 2021, gave an overview on these negotiations, different policy options and the activities of the German academic sector in this area.
There were three impulse presentations around the topic of DSI, the first one presented what the status quo and currently existing national legislation is, the second one presented the latest developments in the international process and the third one presented the activities undertaken by the German scientific community to engage in the process. Participants learned that there is still no internationally agreed definition of DSI. Nevertheless, some countries have chosen to regulate DSI under their national legislation. While official negotiations have been postponed due to the pandemic, different policy options have been proposed to begin the negotiation process and try to find a compromise.
The GNP HuB team prepared surveys for the audience and there was also room for questions. The feasibility of the different policy as well as pros and cons of some options were discussed among the panelists. It was agreed by panelists, that at the moment all different policy options are very broad and need to be concretized.
Thank you to everyone who attended our 5th Stammtisch. If you want to read about the event in more detail, you can find the report of the meeting here.
The next Stammtisch will take place in spring and we look forward to seeing many of you there!
See you again soon!