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.
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On to the update …
What we are working on:
- We have completed our short team retreat, where we reflected on our work over the past five months and refined our theory of change and plans until the end of this year.
- We are finalizing the report from our preliminary investigation into defining open scholarly infrastructure. We would like to sincerely thank everyone for your input and feedback - we have learnt a lot, both from the content of your comments and from running this open comment period!
- In parallel, our research team is working on various investigations, including an analytic memo on community governance in scholarly communication, a literature review on non-profit governance, and an exploration of the value of community for open infrastructure services.
- As the fiscal year comes to an end, we are working on financial reporting and budget forecasts for the next fiscal year.
- We are also in the process of identifying contractors and scoping some communications work, including implementing a Customer Relationship Management system, redesigning our website, and updating our brand and visual language.
Who we are talking to:
- Richard Littauer of OSPO++, SustainOSS, and Open Source Collective, to learn more about open source programme offices (OSPOs) at universities and their roles and needs.
- Anne Lee Steele, the Turing Way, to exchange ideas about the infrastructure chapter of the Turing Way and how we can collaborate to develop that.
- Jessica Polka and Iratxe Puebla, ASAPbio, to better understand the evolving roles of preprints and issues surrounding the sustainability and development of preprint servers.
- Daniela Saderi, PREreview, to learn from their experience of cultivating a community of preprint reviewers and learn more about their funding needs.
What we are reading/exploring:
A list of highlights below — for a more comprehensive view, please check out the Open Infrastructure Tracking Project!
- Securing Open Source Software at the Source by Ashwin Ramaswami, June 2021.
- Science|Business article on Germany to launch sovereign tech fund to secure digital infrastructure, 31 May 2022.
- LIBSENSE expands compendium on open science case studies across Africa, 2 June 2022.
We look forward to meeting you at the following events!
- RightsCon, 6-10 June 2022, where our Executive Director Kaitlin will be speaking at a workshop titled “Path independent: Forging new models of tech infrastructure through community participation” on 8 June.
- IOI's Community workshop to respond to UNESCO’s global call for best practices in open science, 8 June 2022 at 10 am EDT, where we invite you to contribute to identifying best practices in investing in open science infrastructure and services.
- École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne's Sustaining Knowledge and its Infrastructure, 16-17 June 2022.