Status: Preliminary exploration completed

Team members: Tim Elfenbein

Description: Exploring work arrangements within open infrastructure organizations 

In order to better understand and articulate the foundational needs for open infrastructure services to be viable in the short-term and sustainable in the longer term, at Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI), we see a need to better understand the types and sources of labour that underpins the development, maintenance, and reliable operation of the infrastructure services that researchers, scholars, and other knowledge workers rely on. 

To this end, we conducted a preliminary exploration with the aim to provide an analytic framework to ask valuable questions about labour, from the perspective of an organisation acting as a funding intermediary. This consisted of an extensive literature review of labour arrangements in the open infrastructure space, interviews, and then relied on abductive reasoning given the breadth of labour and its nuances.

Research outputs & synthesis