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. Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, by Ginny Barbour, Director
  7. California Digital Library, by Günter Waibel, Associate Vice Provost and Executive Director
  8. Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR), by Mark Musen, Director
  9. Center for Open Science, by Lucy Ofiesh, Chief Operating Officer
  10. Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, by Leslie Chan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  11. CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences, by Karina Batthyány, Executive Secretary
  12. Code for Science and Society, by Danielle Robinson, Co-Executive Director
  13. Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, by Kristen Ratan, Executive Director
  14. Columbia University Libraries, by Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian
  15. Consortium Erudit.org, by Tanja Niemann, Executive Director
  16. CORE, KMi, The Open University, by Petr Knoth, Founder and Head of CORE/Senior Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining
  17. Curtin University, by Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications
  18. Educopia Institute, by Katherine Skinner, Executive Director
  19. Emory University, by Yolanda Cooper, University Librarian
  20. Ethiopian Journal of Health Development, by Kidist Sahlu, Journal Administrator
  21. FireOak Strategies, by Abby Clobridge, Founder
  22. Ghana Library Association, by Samuel Aggrey, President
  23. Hypothesis, by Dan Whaley, Founder & CEO
  24. Impactstory, by Heather Piwowar, Cofounder
  25. Indiana University Bloomington, by Carolyn Walters, Dean of Libraries
  26. Internet Archive, by Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving & Data Services
  27. ITHAKA JSTOR, by Rahul Belani, VP Products
  28. IUPUI University Library, by Kristi Palmer, Herbert Simon Family Dean
  29. JKUAT, by Joseph Wafula, Director
  30. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Library, by J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director
  31. LYRASIS, by Robert Miller, CEO
  32. Mapping the Scholarly Communications Infrastructure, by David Lewis, Principal Investigator
  33. Middlebury College, by Mike Roy, Dean of the Library
  34. NC State University Libraries, by Greg Raschke, Director of Libraries
  35. Northwestern University, by Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
  36. Northwestern University, by Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries
  37. OAPEN Foundation, by Eelco Ferwerda, Director
  38. Ohio State University, by Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director of University Libaries
  39. Open Access Button, by Joseph McArthur, Director
  40. Open Book Publishers, by Rupert Gatti, Co-founder
  41. Open Context (Alexandria Archive Institute), by Sarah Kansa, Executive Director
  42. Open Knowledge Maps, by Peter Kraker, Chairman
  43. Open Research Funders Group, by Greg Tananbaum, ORFG Coordinator
  44. OPERAS, by Pierre Mounier, Associate Director for International Development
  45. Public Knowledge Project, by John Willinsky, Director
  46. Punctum Books, by Eileen Joy, Director
  47. Research Consulting, by Rob Johnson, Founder and Director
  48. ScholarLed, by Eileen Joy, Partner
  49. Scholarly Communications Lab, by Juan Pablo Alperin, Director
  50. sci.city, by Alex Kleiner, CEO
  51. Southern Methodist University, by Holly Jeffcoat, Dean of SMU Libraries
  52. SPARC, by Heather Joseph, Executive Director
  53. SPARC Europe, by Vanessa Proudman, Director
  54. Stanford University, by Zach Chandler, Director, Research IT & Innovation
  55. Syracuse University, by David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies
  56. The Wikipedia Library, by Jake Orlowitz, Lead
  57. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, by Jacomien van Niekerk, Editor
  58. UNC Greensboro, by Martin Halbert, Dean of University Libraries
  59. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, by Arianna Becerril, Professor
  60. University Nazi BONI, by Tiguiane Yelemou, Senior Professor
  61. University of Abomey Calavi, by Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager
  62. University of Alaska Anchorage, by Steve Rollins, Dean, UAA/APU Consortium Library
  63. University of California, Santa Barbara, by Kristin Antelman, University Librarian
  64. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  65. University of Michigan, by Maurice York, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology
  66. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian & Vice Provost
  67. University of North Dakota Libraries, by Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
  68. University of Virginia Library, by Robin Ruggaber, Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives
  69. West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), by Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer
  70. 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. Christa Rautenbach, Professor and Editor-in-chief at North-West University
  16. Christian Hauschke, Project Management VIVO at Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
  17. Colleen Lyon, Head of Scholarly Communications at University of Texas at Austin
  18. Craig Murdoch, Online and Open Initiatives Manager at Auckland University of Technology
  19. Dan Morgan, Director, Community Relations at Public Library of Science (PLOS)
  20. Deborah Helman, Director of Science & Engineering Libraries at University of Wisconsin - Madison Libraries
  21. Dominique Babini, Open Access Advisor at CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences
  22. Edwin Qobose, Director at University of Botswana Library
  23. Ellen Dubinsky, Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Arizona
  24. Felix Emeka Anyiam, Research Officer & Data Analyst/Scientist at Centre for Health and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  25. Fiona Murphy, Owner at MMC Ltd
  26. Godwin Yeboah, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Global Sustainable Development - University of Warwick
  27. Hans de Jonge, Head of Open Science at Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  28. Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  29. Ina Smith, Project Manager at Academy of Science of South Africa/African Open Science Platform
  30. Innocent Awasom, Associate Librarian at Texas Tech University Lubbock
  31. Jean-Claude Guédon, Professeur Honoraire (retired full professor) at Université de Montréal
  32. Jean-Francois Lutz, Head of Digital Library at Université de Lorraine
  33. Jeannet Molopyane, Deputy Director at University of the Free State
  34. Jennifer Vinopal, Associate Director for Information Technology at The Ohio State University Libraries
  35. Jibril Attahiru Alhassan, University Librarian at Federal University of Technology Minna
  36. Johannah White, OER Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana
  37. John Stephen Tenywa, Associate Professor at College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University
  38. Jonathan Tennant, Research Fellow at Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  39. Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager at University of Abomey Calavi
  40. Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian - Information Services at Bindura University of Science Education
  41. Juan de Dios Santander-Vela, Software Systems Engineer at SKA Organisation
  42. Kamel Belhamel, Professor at University of Bejaia
  43. Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships & Initiatives at Annual Reviews
  44. Kathleen DeLaurenti, Head Librarian at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  45. Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication at University of North Texas Libraries
  46. Kevin Stranack, Managing Director at Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University Library
  47. Kim Pham, Librarian at University of Denver University Libraries
  48. Leigh Blackall, Educational Designer at RMIT University
  49. Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  50. Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University
  51. Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Science Studies at Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University
  52. Luqman Hayes, Scholarly Communications Team Leader at Auckland University of Technology
  53. Marcel LaFlamme, Postdoctoral Researcher at LBG Open Innovation in Science Center
  54. Maseka Lesaoana, Researcher at
  55. Melissa Levine, Director, Copyright Office at University of Michigan Library
  56. Micah Vandegrift, Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University
  57. Michael Mensah, Assistant Librarian at TAKORADI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
  58. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  59. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  60. Nanci Oddone, Professor at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Unirio)
  61. Nate Angell, Director of Marketing at Hypothesis
  62. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC
  63. Nomathongo Bell, Deputy Director, Library and Information Services at Nelson Mandela University
  64. Nozuko Hlwatika, Administrator at University of South Africa
  65. Paige Mann, Scholarly Communications Librarian | STEM Librarian at University of Redlands
  66. Paloma Marín Arraiza, PhD student at Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
  67. Peg Fowler, Director, Business Operations at Hypothesis
  68. Peter Suber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University
  69. Philipp Conzett, Senior Research Librarian at UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  70. Rania Ibrahim, Researcher at National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences
  71. Raym Crow, Senior Consultant at SPARC
  72. Robin Sinn, Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication at Johns Hopkins University
  73. Roger Watson, Professor of Nursing at University of Hull
  74. Samir Hachani, Lecturer at the School of Library Science at Algiers University
  75. Samuel Klein, Founder at New England Wikimedians
  76. Sarah de Rijcke, Professor and Scientific Director at CWTS, Leiden University
  77. Selorm Ankudey, Junior Assistant Librarian at University of Energy and Natural Resources
  78. Sherry Lake, Scholarly Repository Librarian at University of Virginia
  79. Sithembile Nyebeleza, Assistant Librarian at NWU
  80. Souleymane Sogoba, Archivist-Documentalist at CPS/SDR
  81. Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources at University of North Dakota Libraries
  82. Terry Ehling, Managing Director at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  83. Thomas Bello, Senior Assistant Librarian at Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi
  84. Vicky Steeves, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University
  85. Violeta Ilik, Head, Digital Collections and Preservation Systems at Columbia University