August 26, 2022 | Online

In the research and scholarship ecosystem, the term “open infrastructure” has emerged to describe the tools and services needed to enable them: from IT systems to funding bodies, from research data management protocols to open-source software, just to name a few. As these systems have found their home in academic institutions, roles have emerged alongside them to enable innovation and maintenance: roles such as data stewards, research software engineers, and research application managers. With this being said, these socio-technical definitions of infrastructure extend beyond the research community to our broader societies, from digital identification to internet connectivity.

During this fireside chat organized by the Turing Way, our Director of Research and Strategy Richard Dunks joined other speakers in sharing their perspectives on ‘open infrastructure’ within and around research environments. They asked the questions: what is open infrastructure for researchers and otherwise? How do these narratives and definitions of open infrastructure affect what kind of work is valued within them?

The panellists are:

The discussion was chaired and moderated by:

You can watch the recording of the fireside chat at this link.

The above event description is adapted from a text drafted by the Turing Way, shared under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

Posted by Emmy Tsang