- Friday Updates
We are excited to welcome five new members to our Steering Committee.
A summary of IOI's initial findings around governance and sustainability elements within the Catalyst Project consortium that highlights identifies critical elements that would benefit from collective work.
Find out more about IOI's new partnership with arXiv aimed at strengthening its governance and sustainability.
We are excited to announce a new research project focused on ”reasonable costs” of public access publishing. This project is supported by a USD $299,454 grant from the National Science Foundation in the United States.
An summary of the collaboration between IOI and Open@RIT on the Catalyst Project that aims at deploying and managing open cloud infrastructure for under-resourced communities.
An overview of IOI's research work on governance and sustainability practices of cloud and open source computational services for the Catalyst Project
This article spells out IOI's approach to working with networks to catalyse adoption of open infrastructure worldwide.
An exploration of work arrangements within open infrastructure organisations to facilitate better resourcing or talent needs.
IOI is preparing to launch a new Fund in 2024, designed to provide catalytic funding to networks serving the research community to further the adoption and implementation of infrastructure and services necessary to achieve and advance open science.
Explore our key takeaways from our recent workshop in South Africa on developing sustainable research infrastructures through public-private partnerships (PPPs) and some additional resources about the Open Infrastructure Fund.
A summary of the main takeaways from our recent workshop on how Public-Private Partnerships can contribute to sustainable research infrastructure in Africa
We provide some guiding questions to help you think through and prepare for an Open Infrastructure Fund application.
Encontrará algunas preguntas orientativas que le ayudarán a pensar y preparar la solicitud de Fondo de Infraestructura Abierta.
Learn about our plans for the IOI Fund which is aimed at catalyzing adoption of open infrastructure globally as well as an update on our recent workshop in South Africa.
We share the final version of the defining open scholarly infrastructure report.
Find out about how you can get funding from the IOI Open Infrastructure Fund as well as the latest on our South Africa event and recruitment plans.
In the past weeks, we launched the call for proposals for the Open Infrastructure Fund, and welcomed new members to the team – find out in our latest update.
El fondo apunta a fortalecer la sustentabilidad y la resiliencia e incrementar la adopción de la infraestructura abierta que apuntala la investigación y la creación de conocimiento.
The fund aims to strengthen sustainability and resilience and increase the adoption of open infrastructure that underpins research and knowledge creation.
In our latest bi-weekly update, we share next steps on our Open Infrastructure Fund as well as plans for a workshop in South Africa we are planning in June 2023.
A recap of the discussions from our event in Accra, Ghana on funding of open infrastructure in Africa and a new update on the design of our collective funding pilot.
Last month, IOI held its first ever in-person event in Africa in Accra, Ghana as part of the WACREN 2023 Conference. Read the blog post below to learn about the key insights from the discussion on enhancing funding for open infrastructure in Africa.
Aprender cómo podemos contribuir al financiamiento abierto, transparente y participativo de la infraestructura abierta en todo el mundo a medida que ingresamos a la siguiente fase del piloto de financiamiento colectivo de IOI.
Learn about how you can contribute to more open, transparent, and participatory funding of open infrastructure worldwide as we enter the next phase of the IOI collective funding pilot.
An update on our plans to further develop our Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs) through a $1 million grant from the Mellon Foundation, plus new job opportunities at IOI.
Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has received a $1M grant from the Mellon Foundation to build out COIs and test critical models to sustain open infrastructure and is now hiring.
In our latest bi-weekly update, we share more about our regional research project and upcoming activities in Argentina.
In the past two weeks, we've published preliminary findings on funding trends in open infrastructure and launched a new visual identity.
Our new logo and brand refresh will better enable us to effectively communicate our expanding work, while establishing a more unified brand identity.
In this post we introduce a new research project focused on open infrastructure needs in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
We present our initial exploration of funding for open infrastructure services, highlighting major funders, funding allocation trends, and gaps in funding information.
Excerpt: In our latest bi-weekly update, we shed more light on how our Catalog of Open Infrastructure (COIs) can help funders and budget holders make funding decisions as well as news on the IOI brand.
We share a high-level summary of our user research into the value proposition of COIs.
In our latest bi-weekly update, we provide information on our first ever event in Africa as well our research into open infrastructure needs in the Global South.
We shared what we've learned from discussions at a recent meeting on preprint review.
Recently, we published a new research that uses the funding of water utilities to explore alternate funding mechanisms for open infrastructure. More on this and other updates from IOI in the blogpost below.
We looked at how water utilities are funded to understand how a stable and reliable model for funding open infrastructure can be architected.
We explored the key takeaways from our 2022 Funders Summit and announced a new collaborative project on cloud infrastructure services – find out more in our latest update.
Learning partners and organizers of the Summit reflected on some of the key lessons from our Funders Summit in November 2022.
The proposed work will provide human and technical services to facilitate learning and knowledge transfer of cloud workflows for communities in Latin America and Africa.
In our final update before the new year, we share exciting opportunities to join our leadership team and some of our plans for next year.
We share how we’ve designed and what we’ve learnt from the collective fund pilot at our Funders Summit.
Excerpt: In the past two weeks, we released a new report from our exploration into the financial health of nonprofits in research and scholarship, as well as resources from our Funders Summit.
We outlined key patterns we observed in the nonprofits’ financial risk and strengths, and resource allocation, and clarified sector needs for both funders and providers such that resources can be better allocated.
We share a summary of our discussions, presentation recordings, slides, and other related resources from our Funders Summit.
We share some of the events and conversations we have taken part in during the past two weeks.
In the past two weeks, we hosted a week-long Funders Summit and announced the launch of a fund.
The fund will serve to catalyze and deepen investment in under-resourced areas, increase and expand the pool of funders of open infrastructure, and activate a mechanism for bold, higher-risk investments.
In the past two weeks, we concentrated on preparing for our upcoming Funders Summit. We also welcomed two new members to the team.
From our latest report on supporting open infrastructure for preprints to our first in-person retreat – here’s what the IOI team has been working on over the past two weeks.
We share findings from our preliminary investigation based on desk research and interviews with key individuals and organizations working in the space.
In the past two weeks, we shared insights from our preliminary investigation into water utility funding and facilitated discussions on community governance.
We shared a report on community governance in scholarly communications, hosted a community discussion on data brokering and surveillance activities, and more – find out more in our latest Friday update.
We share the recording and a summary from this online discussion organized by Community Oversight Council.
In the second part of our good governance series, we propose a framework of essential components for community governance within open infrastructure organizations.
From the first report from our investigation into community governance to upcoming events – here is what we have been working on over the past two weeks.
We invite you to explore and provide feedback on our public, interactive strategic and research roadmaps.
We share a literature review on nonprofit governance– the first part of our series of investigations into community governance models and best practices from the scholarly communications and nonprofit management sectors.
We share a recap from our recent community discussion on financial health, and opportunities to join our team.
We organized a discussion with the broader open infrastructure community on our approach to assessing the financial health of nonprofits in research and scholarship.
We share our annual review for the past fiscal year and recent additions to our team.
We reflect on our work in the past year, and provide a snapshot of our leading activities in our main areas of work, with links to where you can learn more about them
Our Conflict of Interest Declaration and Policy helps us understand the potential influence that could interfere with the independent, reliable, and authoritative engagement we seek with our partners.
We shared our plans to assess the financial health of nonprofits, our recent talk at a UNESCO-hosted meeting, a new job opening on our team, and more.
In June, we hosted a workshop to gather community input to identify best practices in investing in open science infrastructures.
In the inaugural meeting of the UNESCO Working Group on Open Science Infrastructures, Kaitlin Thaney, our Executive Director, shared some of our latest work and plans towards making open infrastructure the default in research.
We present our plan to analyze financial information and assess the financial health of nonprofit organizations.
We share updates on the Open Infrastructure Tracking Project, our strategy planning, the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services, and more.
As we think about a roadmap forward and identify our role in it, we also realize the need to go beyond reacting and think deeply about our aspirations – the long-term changes and future that we would like to collectively bring about.
Our latest update on what we have been working on and what we have been reading over the past two weeks.
Approaching the end of the fiscal year, we are reflecting on our achievements and learnings so far and setting up and planning for the next phase of work.
Over the past two weeks, we explored, refined, and shared some of our ideas and plans for our next phase of work.
Earlier this week, we hosted two question-and-answer (Q&A) sessions to discuss the next steps for the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs) and answer community questions.
We share the recording and a short summary from this online discussion organized by Community Oversight Council.
We invite open infrastructure service providers to express interest in being added to the next release of the COIs.
This is our regular update on what we have been working for the past two weeks, from preliminary investigations to setting up processes and tooling.
From research updates to new stakeholder engagement efforts— here is what we have been working on over the past two weeks.
We invite your feedback on our preliminary investigation into defining open scholarly infrastructure by 3 May 2022.
We designed and hosted IOI’s first Strategy Retreat, a month-long virtual experience involving 19 members of IOI’s staff and governance, where we lay the foundation for how we will work together.
The following is a brief summary of our current plans for COIs, our work understanding the nature of infrastructure, and our initial working models for understanding the funding and operation of infrastructure services.
In the past two weeks, we continued developing organizational processes and structures to enable effective knowledge management and sharing, and meaningful governance.
In the last two weeks, we worked on our strategic roadmap, continued developing ways to work with our governance, and connected with organizations and individuals in the open research space.
The structures and processes governing an organization are critical for ensuring the organization acts by its values and puts its beliefs into practice. We outline our recent governance changes and learnings to be more transparent and share our experiences with others on a similar path.
This is our regular update on what we are working on and what we are learning from, from onboarding new governance and staff to reading about various funding mechanisms,
Today, we are excited to welcome eight new members to IOI’s Steering Committee, our main governing body, to join us in working to sustain effective digital infrastructure needed for open knowledge to flourish.
This post is part of a series where we share more about what we’re working on and what we’re learning, from our strategy retreat to water governance.
One of our core values at IOI is openness, and as part of living that through our work, we wanted to share more about what we’re working on and what we’re learning from each week. Here's this week's update.
Last week, we held two public information sessions via Zoom to introduce the newly launched Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). We presented details on the catalog's ideation, research process, design, prototyping, and plans for future expansion.
Last week we shared a first look at the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs), a prototype designed to provide insight for decision makers looking to invest or adopt open infrastructure solutions. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on some of the initial questions we’ve received.
Today we are excited to share the first look at the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). This resource is the culmination of research, interviews, and analysis of a sampling of open infrastructure projects serving the research community.
We had conversations with nine open infrastructure providers, representatives of funding bodies, and institutional budget owners to surface the obstacles and challenges that open infrastructure projects face in their daily operations and long-term planning. This blog post shares initial findings.
This post is written by members of IOI's Community Oversight Council on the recent corporate acquisitions involving two library services products: Clarivate, a major academic metrics company, and Knowledge Unlatched, a crowdfunded open access provider.
In this post, we discuss the various sources of data on funding and financial performance for providers of open technologies and other systems in research and scholarship.
For the past month we've been exploring the potential of Wikidata as a public knowledge base for information about open infrastructure and its financial components. Wikidata, a sister project of Wikipedia, is a dynamic space with exciting room for growth and development.
In this post, we continue our discussion of funding open infrastructure with our key terms and a general discussion of the challenges in accessing funding data.
In this post, we preview our initial findings from collecting and analyzing available data on the funding of open infrastructure. We will be following up with posts going into more depth on each aspect of this analysis to enhance the community's understanding of the funding landscape.
This post unpacks more about our efforts to identify an initial subset of projects in the open infrastructure landscape to interview and examine, and the characteristics and key questions we are prioritizing in our analysis.
With the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, we are excited to introduce IOI’s first Research Fellows: Anne Britton and Teri Wanderi. They'll be working with us over the next few months to expand and enhance our research to support and sustain open infrastructure.
These criteria are designed to center community, reliability, and transformative influence into our analysis. This post elaborates on those attributes.
Earlier this summer we shared our three-year Strategic Plan, outlining the shape of the work ahead and how we were going to approach it moving forward. Today, we wanted to share more about what we're working on to prototype support for funders and decision-makers.
On August 25, IOI held its first community session on its work to advance accountability and community oversight of open infrastructure. This call provided an opportunity for the public to learn about IOI’s current efforts, including the formation of a Community Oversight Council.
We have worked with institutional decision makers, infrastructure providers, and funding bodies to better understand key decision points, costs, and funding models to maintain, sustain, and scale open infrastructure projects. Today we share the outputs of that work.
IOI is actively seeking recommendations for individuals and organizations operating at the intersection of infrastructure and access in service of communities to join IOI’s governance. This includes those leading work in adjacent fields, communities, and types of “infrastructure”.
On June 30th, IOI hosted a conversation on accountability and oversight in open infrastructure. The conversation provided a space to hear from experts in the field on how they are working to ensure accountability and oversight of data, technology, and infrastructure in academia, research, & beyond.
The goals in this 3-year Strategic Plan speak to IOI’s work ahead in conducting research to provide strategic support and investment guidance to those looking to adopt, build, and sustain open infrastructure, and putting that work into action through convenings, pilots, and global coordination.
We are excited to share that Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has been awarded a 3-year, $3.47M grant from Arcadia – a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. This grant will accelerate IOI’s work to increase investment, adoption, and sustainability of open infrastructure.
Earlier this month, we hosted a conversation on maintenance and the labor of open infrastructure, a dialog designed to dig into issues surrounding the underlying labor required to develop, maintain, and sustain open source technologies. Video of this discussion is now available.
Back in May, we launched a webinar series to explore some of the key findings from our research over the past year as part of the Future of Open Scholarship project. Video of our first call on technical resilience is now live!
On May 17, 2021, Clarivate Analytics announced it was acquiring software, data, and analytics company ProQuest for $5.3 billion USD. We believe additional regulation, oversight, and action are needed, and call on the community to join us.
Over the past six months, we've been working with inclusion experts to ensure we are challenging structures that exacerbate inequity in research and scholarship. Here is an update on our efforts and resources created to support that work.
New funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support research and analysis into the hidden costs of open infrastructure. Hiring is now open for IOI's first Research Data Analyst.
This past December, we held the second Joint Roadmap for Open Science Tools (JROST) Conference. The three-day online event featured over 50 presentations and sessions from project leaders, funders, contributors, and advocates for open infrastructure. Session videos are now online.
The purpose of this survey is to ascertain the support for such a standard and to identify blockers to implementation. The focus of this work is on interoperability and standards that enable and further open exchange of information, knowledge and data across systems and technologies ...
We are proud to announce the following awards to support members of the JROST community, working to advance openness in research and scholarship. The JROST Rapid Response Fund was launched to create a means to give back to the open infrastructure and technology community.
This year's event will have a variety of session types ranging from keynotes and panel discussions to shorter lightning talk presentations and smaller breakout sessions for deeper dives into key topics and skills for practitioners. Here's a sneak preview of the program.
We are thrilled to announce a Rapid Response Fund in support of the JROST community and open technology and infrastructure projects. Awards will be given in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 with the possibility of other gift amounts at the discretion of the program committee.
Today kicks off International Open Access week. We're excited to participate in a few events this week on how open infrastructure – the tools, systems, and software that underpin research and scholarship – intersect and support open access.
Two years ago, over 85 participants from 50+ organizations got together in person and online to discuss a collaborative, sustainable future for open research tools. This December, we’re excited to bring you the second JROST conference ...
Over the last few months we’ve been in conversation with colleagues in higher education about what they see as the challenges that lie ahead as they weigh reopening plans and longer term effects of the global pandemic.
In collaboration with SPARC Europe, we today launch a survey to map Open Access (OA) and Open Science (OS) infrastructure across Europe.
We are excited to announce a $70K USD grant from Open Society Foundations (OSF), the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights.
The time for a convergence on open infrastructure is now. Advancing the state of research is essential in the fight for humanity.
Invest in Open Infrastructure is excited to announce the appointment of Kaitlin Thaney as the program’s inaugural Executive Director.
We are thrilled to announce that Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has been generously supported with an award of 150k USD from Schmidt Futures, a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt.
The report documents the design, methods, and results of the 2019 Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure Providers (SCIP).
View a recording and download slides [https://investinopen.org/docs/IOILaunchWebinarSlides20190528.pdf] from the 28 May webinar to hear about the Invest in Open Infrastructure project from members...
Today we are announcing the formation of Invest In Open Infrastructure (IOI) a global initiative to increase the availability and sustainability of open knowledge infrastructure.