Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) was founded on the premise that open, community-owned infrastructure is necessary for scholarly research to thrive.
We are not alone in this sentiment. Numerous organisations across the scholarly research ecosystem, including the Ford Foundation, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), as well as many others have recognized the critical role open infrastructures play for the communities they serve — contributing to more equitable, accessible, and resilient knowledge practices.
IOI strives to build on the efforts of others working to improve funding and resourcing for the open infrastructure on which scholarly research relies. One way we hope to achieve this is by pushing the limits of our current understanding of infrastructure in scientific research and scholarly communication. By conducting landscape analyses and literature reviews, we hope to acquire a deeper understanding which will allow us and other stakeholders in this ecosystem to more effectively and meaningfully explore, analyse and discuss the funding and resourcing for open infrastructure.