Research & Projects

We study open infrastructure and its changing landscape, gather and analyze data, and craft reports to share those findings with decision makers, tool providers, and members of the research community.

We employ an evidence-based approach to guiding decision makers on where to invest, both at the university administrator and director level and in partnership with other funders to support their visions.

Our work is anchored in a human-centered design approach. We draw from the best of finance and the business sector, while also ensuring what we produce for the community is approachable, actionable, and reusable.

Good community governance

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Define, build, and support reliable, robust, transparent, and accountable governance structures in open research At Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI), we believe that good governance is essential to...

Good governance: Insights from nonprofit literature

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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.

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Resources

We translate research and analyses into usable resources for those funding, participating in, building and using open infrastructure in research. Core to our work is an aim to make discussions about investment strategies, funding, and sustainability more accessible and approachable to a broader audience — and aim to create resources and toolkits that make that possible.

This takes a number of forms — from investment strategies for budget holders to guides and resources for those looking to compare open infrastructure services or vendors. Our approach draws from the best of finance and the business sector, while also ensuring what we produce for the community is approachable, actionable, and reusable.

Building effective and accountable governance

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At Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI), we believe that for any organization that values openness, transparency and accountability, the structures and processes governing the organization are critical for...

Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs)

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The Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs) is a step towards addressing the information asymmetries that exist in understanding and assessing open infrastructure projects. This effort is designed...

Furthering the Future of Open Scholarship: Final Report & Key Findings

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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.

Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure

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The Census of Scholarly Communication Infrastructure ran from 2018-2019. It served to deepen our understanding of the infrastructure landscape in scholarly communication and the funding models that support them.

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