Invest in Open Infrastructure

An effort to enable durable, scalable, and long lasting open scientific and scholarly infrastructure to emerge, thrive, and deliver its benefits on a global scale.

Statement in Support of Invest in Open Infrastructure

Scholarship is at its best when communities of researchers, scholars, and knowledge workers can share, discover, and collaborate. However, the needs of this community are not well-served by the existing scholarly communication infrastructure, which is dominated by commercial vendors whose missions and values often run counter to those of the scholarly community. When the business models of these vendors favor lock-in, consolidation and monopoly, they create a market where opportunity for healthy competition is limited.

While many promising open infrastructure projects have demonstrated their value, most operate independently, and struggle with securing ongoing operational funding. There is a pressing need for a coordinated, global effort to provide collective support for developing and sustaining open infrastructure that operates in a manner that is aligned with the values of the scholarly community it serves.

Our organizations support this global effort to sustain open scholarly infrastructure. We believe that a network of shared open systems and tools governed by and managed for the benefit of those who use them is an essential step towards creating a healthy scholarly ecosystem. By investing in, integrating, building on, and/or expanding current and emerging open infrastructure initiatives, we can ensure that the services and software that the scholarly community relies upon to share its work with all who need access is high-quality, reliable, persistently available, and operated in a manner consistent with our community’s values.

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Supporting Organizations

  1. Academy of Science of South Africa, by Himla Soodyall, Executive Officer
  2. African Journals Online (AJOL), by Susan Murray, Executive Director
  3. African Union of Conservationists (AUC), by Raymond Katebaka, General Secretary
  4. AfricArXiv, by Johanna Havemann, Co-Founder
  5. Almaahad Almutagadem Specialized Computer Training Center (AASCTC), by Hussein Sherief, Director
  6. Ariadna Ediciones, by Manuel Loyola, Profesor Universitario
  7. Association of Research Libraries, by Mary Lee Kennedy, Executive Director
  8. Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, by Ginny Barbour, Director
  9. California Digital Library, by Günter Waibel, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director
  10. Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR), by Mark Musen, Director
  11. Center for Open Science, by Lucy Ofiesh, Chief Operating Officer
  12. Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, by Leslie Chan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  13. CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences, by Karina Batthyány, Executive Secretary
  14. Code for Science and Society, by Danielle Robinson, Co-Executive Director
  15. Columbia University Libraries, by Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian
  16. Consortium Erudit.org, by Tanja Niemann, Executive Director
  17. CORE, KMi, The Open University, by Petr Knoth, Founder and Head of CORE/Senior Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining
  18. Curtin University, by Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications
  19. Educopia Institute, by Katherine Skinner, Executive Director
  20. eLife, by Mark Patterson, Executive Director
  21. Emory University, by Yolanda Cooper, University Librarian
  22. Ethiopian Journal of Health Development, by Kidist Sahlu, Journal Administrator
  23. FireOak Strategies, by Abby Clobridge, Founder
  24. Force 11, by Daniel O'Donnell, President
  25. Ghana Library Association, by Samuel Aggrey, President
  26. Hindawi, by Paul Peters, CEO
  27. Hypothesis, by Dan Whaley, Founder & CEO
  28. Indiana University Bloomington, by Carolyn Walters, Dean of Libraries
  29. Internet Archive, by Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving & Data Services
  30. ITHAKA JSTOR, by Rahul Belani, VP Products
  31. IUPUI University Library, by Kristi Palmer, Herbert Simon Family Dean
  32. JKUAT, by Joseph Wafula, Director
  33. Joint Minds Consult, by Joseph Mwelwa, Senior Partner and Researcher
  34. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Library, by J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director
  35. LYRASIS, by Robert Miller, CEO
  36. Mapping the Scholarly Communications Infrastructure, by David Lewis, Principal Investigator
  37. Middlebury College, by Mike Roy, Dean of the Library
  38. NC State University Libraries, by Greg Raschke, Director of Libraries
  39. Northwestern University, by Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
  40. Northwestern University, by Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries
  41. OAPEN Foundation, by Eelco Ferwerda, Director
  42. Ohio State University, by Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director of University Libaries
  43. Open Access Button, by Joseph McArthur, Director
  44. Open Book Publishers, by Rupert Gatti, Co-founder
  45. Open Context (Alexandria Archive Institute), by Sarah Kansa, Executive Director
  46. Open Knowledge Maps, by Peter Kraker, Chairman
  47. Open Library Foundation, by Ginny Boyer, Managing Director
  48. Open Research Funders Group, by Greg Tananbaum, ORFG Coordinator
  49. OPERAS, by Pierre Mounier, Associate Director for International Development
  50. Our Research, by Heather Piwowar, Cofounder
  51. Public Knowledge Project, by John Willinsky, Director
  52. Punctum Books, by Eileen Joy, Director
  53. Research Consulting, by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director
  54. Reveal Digital, by Jeff Moyer, Founder and Director
  55. ScholarLed, by Eileen Joy, Partner
  56. Scholarly Communications Lab, by Juan Pablo Alperin, Director
  57. sci.city, by Alex Kleiner, CEO
  58. Southern Methodist University, by Holly Jeffcoat, Dean of SMU Libraries
  59. SPARC, by Heather Joseph, Executive Director
  60. SPARC Europe, by Vanessa Proudman, Director
  61. Stanford University, by Zach Chandler, Director, Research IT & Innovation
  62. Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), by Kristen Ratan, Founder
  63. Syracuse University, by David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies
  64. Texas Digital Library, by Kristi Park, Executive Director
  65. The Wikipedia Library, by Jake Orlowitz, Lead
  66. TopicQuests Foundation, by Jack Park, Co-founder/CEO
  67. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, by Jacomien van Niekerk, Editor
  68. UNC Greensboro, by Martin Halbert, Dean of University Libraries
  69. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, by Arianna Becerril, Professor
  70. University Nazi BONI, by Tiguiane Yelemou, Senior Professor
  71. University of Abomey Calavi, by Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager
  72. University of Alaska Anchorage, by Steve Rollins, Dean, UAA/APU Consortium Library
  73. University of California, Santa Barbara, by Kristin Antelman, University Librarian
  74. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  75. University of Michigan, by Maurice York, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology
  76. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian & Vice Provost
  77. University of North Dakota Libraries, by Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
  78. University of Virginia Library, by Robin Ruggaber, Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives
  79. West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), by Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer
  80. WikiJournal User Group, by Thomas Shafee, Chair

Supporting Individuals

  1. Ada Emmett, Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright at University of Kansas, Libraries
  2. Adrian Ho, Director of Digital Scholarship at University of Kentucky Libraries
  3. Ahmed Ogunlaja, Student at Washington University in St Louis
  4. Alainna Wrigley, Publication Management System Coordinator at California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President
  5. Amanda Hurford, Scholarly Communications Director at Private Academic Library Network of Indiana (PALNI)
  6. Amanda Page, Open Publishing and Copyright Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries
  7. Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship at University of Guelph
  8. Andrew Sila, Data Scientist at ICRAF
  9. Arild Skalmeraas, Senior Librarian at University of Southeastern Norway
  10. Ayanda lebele, Director, Library Services at Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST)
  11. Ayenew Fentahun, Lecturer and Librarian at Jimma University
  12. Bianca Kramer, Scholarly Communication Librarian at Utrecht University
  13. Brandon Butler, Director of Information Policy at University of Virginia Library
  14. Chris Hartgerink at Independent
  15. Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT
  16. Christa Rautenbach, Professor and Editor-in-chief at North-West University
  17. Christian Hauschke, Project Management VIVO at Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  18. Colleen Lyon, Head of Scholarly Communications at University of Texas at Austin
  19. Craig Murdoch, Online and Open Initiatives Manager at Auckland University of Technology
  20. Dan Morgan, Director, Community Relations at Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  21. Deborah Helman, Director of Science & Engineering Libraries at University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries
  22. Demmy Verbeke, Head Artes at KU Leuven Libraries
  23. Dominique Babini, Open Access Advisor at CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences
  24. Edwin Qobose, Director at University of Botswana Library
  25. Ellen Dubinsky, Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Arizona
  26. Felix Emeka Anyiam, Research Officer & Data Analyst/Scientist at Centre for Health and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  27. Fiona Murphy, Owner at MMC Ltd
  28. Georgia Bullen, Executive Director at Simply Secure
  29. Godwin Yeboah, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Global Sustainable Development - University of Warwick
  30. Hans de Jonge, Head of Open Science at Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  31. Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  32. Ina Smith, Project Manager at Academy of Science of South Africa/African Open Science Platform
  33. Innocent Awasom, Associate Librarian at Texas Tech University Lubbock
  34. Irene Onyancha, Chief, Knowledge Management Services at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  35. Jean-Claude Guédon, Professeur Honoraire (retired full professor) at Université de Montréal
  36. Jean-Francois Lutz, Head of Digital Library at Université de Lorraine
  37. Jeannet Molopyane, Deputy Director at University of the Free State
  38. Jennifer Vinopal, Associate Director for Information Technology at The Ohio State University Libraries
  39. Jennifer McLennan, Head of External Relations at eLife
  40. Jeroen Sondervan, Open Access Publishing Consultant at Utrecht University Library
  41. Jibril Attahiru Alhassan, University Librarian at Federal University of Technology Minna
  42. Jill Sexton, Associate Director for the Digital Library at NC State University Library
  43. Johannah White, OER Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana
  44. John Stephen Tenywa, Associate Professor at College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University
  45. Jonathan Tennant, Research Fellow at Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  46. Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager at University of Abomey Calavi
  47. Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian - Information Services at Bindura University of Science Education
  48. Juan de Dios Santander-Vela, Software Systems Engineer at SKA Organisation
  49. Kaitlin Newson, Digital Projects Librarian at Scholars Portal
  50. Kamel Belhamel, Professor at University of Bejaia
  51. Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships & Initiatives at Annual Reviews
  52. Kathleen DeLaurenti, Head Librarian at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  53. Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication at University of North Texas Libraries
  54. Kevin Stranack, Managing Director at Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University Library
  55. Kim Pham, Librarian at University of Denver University Libraries
  56. Leigh Blackall, Educational Designer at RMIT University
  57. Lire Zakari, Head of Documentation and Information Centre at Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l'Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES)
  58. Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  59. Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University
  60. Lucy Barnes, Editor at Open Book Publishers
  61. Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Science Studies at Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University
  62. Luqman Hayes, Scholarly Communications Team Leader at Auckland University of Technology
  63. Marcel LaFlamme, Postdoctoral Researcher at LBG Open Innovation in Science Center
  64. Maseka Lesaoana, Researcher at
  65. Melissa Levine, Director, Copyright Office at University of Michigan Library
  66. Micah Vandegrift, Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University
  67. Michael Mensah, Assistant Librarian at TAKORADI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
  68. Michael Eisen, Professor (UCB), Investigator (HHMI), Editor in Chief (eLife) at UC Berkeley, HHMI, eLife
  69. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  70. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  71. Nanci Oddone, Professor at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Unirio)
  72. Nate Angell, Director of Marketing at Hypothesis
  73. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC
  74. Nicky Agate, Assistant Director, Scholarly Communication and Projects at Columbia University Libraries
  75. Nomathongo Bell, Deputy Director, Library and Information Services at Nelson Mandela University
  76. Nozuko Hlwatika, Administrator at University of South Africa
  77. Paige Mann, Scholarly Communications Librarian | STEM Librarian at University of Redlands
  78. Paloma Marín Arraiza, PhD student at Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
  79. Peg Fowler, Director, Business Operations at Hypothesis
  80. Peter Suber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University
  81. Philipp Conzett, Senior Research Librarian at UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  82. Rania Ibrahim, Researcher at National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences
  83. Raym Crow, Senior Consultant at SPARC
  84. Robin Sinn, Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication at Johns Hopkins University
  85. Roger Watson, Professor of Nursing at University of Hull
  86. Samir Hachani, Lecturer at the School of Library Science at Algiers University
  87. Samuel Klein, Founder at New England Wikimedians
  88. Sarah de Rijcke, Professor and Scientific Director at CWTS, Leiden University
  89. Selorm Ankudey, Junior Assistant Librarian at University of Energy and Natural Resources
  90. Sharla Lair, Strategist, Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS
  91. Sherry Lake, Scholarly Repository Librarian at University of Virginia
  92. Sithembile Nyebeleza, Assistant Librarian at NWU
  93. Sizwe Ngcobo, Resource Centre Manager (Bedfordview Campus) at Pearson Institute of Higher Education
  94. Souleymane Sogoba, Archivist-Documentalist at CPS/SDR
  95. Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources at University of North Dakota Libraries
  96. Terry Ehling, Managing Director at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  97. Thomas Bello, Senior Assistant Librarian at Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi
  98. Vicky Steeves, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University
  99. Violeta Ilik, Head, Digital Collections and Preservation Systems at Columbia University
  100. Zachary Seitz, Laboratory Technician at University of Kansas Medical Center