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.

Announcing the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs)

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Today we are excited to share the first look at the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). This resource is the culmination of research, interviews, and analysis of a sampling of open infrastructure projects serving the research community.

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...

Costs of Open Infrastructure

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IOI’s work is centered around providing targeted, evidence-based guidance to institutions and funders of open infrastructure to help them become wiser about where to invest. Our work...

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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.

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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