This post is part of a series in which we share more about what we’re working on and what we’re learning. Read our last update.
We’ll be iterating on this format in the next months. Have a question or comment about anything you see here? Get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.
On to the update …
What we are working on:
- We shared a draft report from our preliminary investigation into defining open scholarly infrastructure. This investigation is a step towards building a shared vision for an ecosystem that supports open research and scholarly communication. We invite you to comment on the report, by 3 May 2022.
- This definitional work was also described in our latest research update. The update discussed our plans for the Catalog of Open Infrastructure (COIs) and our initial working models for understanding the funding and operation of infrastructure services. Watch this space over the next few weeks!
- We reflected on our Strategy Retreat and shared key learnings, recordings, and reusable resources for anyone who would like to learn more about organising such an experience.
- Our new Steering Committee had its first meeting. They discussed charters, the development of the Financial Oversight Group, and our strategic roadmap.
- We have been looking into budgeting and resource planning for the rest of the year to understand how we can best use our available resources to support our strategic goals and organisational growth.
- We hosted our first Collaborator Call, where we gathered individuals and organizations who had invested in infrastructure, responsible technology, and adjacent areas, to begin exploring how we can build a shared agenda for open research and scholarly infrastructure. We intend to host these calls quarterly and are actively thinking about how to expand this space in a safe and inclusive manner.
- We are crafting our first newsletter, to be sent out next week! There is still time to sign up to get it straight into your inbox.
Who we are talking to:
- Heather Stevens (Rise 360 Consulting) about innovative funding models for nonprofit organisations.
- Arielle Bennett (The Turing Institute), Chris Holdgraf (2i2c), Julia Haslanger (The Philadelphia Inquirer) about distributed teams and project management.
- Michael Nolan, Open@RIT, to exchange knowledge on projects and initiatives in the space of open work, and explore collaboration opportunities.
- Bianca Kramer and Jeroen Bosman, Utrecht University, to share updates on each of our respective projects and discuss incentives for investing in and adopting open infrastructure.
What we are reading/exploring:
A list of highlights below — for a more comprehensive view, please check out the Open Infrastructure Tracking Project!
- Institutionalizing Open Science in Africa: Limitations and Prospects by Izuchukwu Azuka Okafor et al, April 2022.
- Building the Public Interest Technology Infrastructure of the Future by Jenny Toomey, Latanya Sweeney, April 2022.
We look forward to meeting you if you are attending the following events!
- Framework for Open and Reproducible Research Training (FORRT) Open Day, 4 May 2022.
- Library Publishing Forum preconference, 18-19 May 2022.