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. Columbia University Libraries, by Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian
  14. Consortium Erudit.org, by Tanja Niemann, Executive Director
  15. CORE, KMi, The Open University, by Petr Knoth, Founder and Head of CORE/Senior Research Fellow in Text and Data Mining
  16. Curtin University, by Cameron Neylon, Professor of Research Communications
  17. Educopia Institute, by Katherine Skinner, Executive Director
  18. eLife, by Mark Patterson, 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. Indiana University Bloomington, by Carolyn Walters, Dean of Libraries
  25. Internet Archive, by Jefferson Bailey, Director, Web Archiving & Data Services
  26. ITHAKA JSTOR, by Rahul Belani, VP Products
  27. IUPUI University Library, by Kristi Palmer, Herbert Simon Family Dean
  28. JKUAT, by Joseph Wafula, Director
  29. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Library, by J. K. Vijayakumar, Library Director
  30. LYRASIS, by Robert Miller, CEO
  31. Mapping the Scholarly Communications Infrastructure, by David Lewis, Principal Investigator
  32. Middlebury College, by Mike Roy, Dean of the Library
  33. NC State University Libraries, by Greg Raschke, Director of Libraries
  34. Northwestern University, by Evviva Weinraub, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies
  35. Northwestern University, by Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries
  36. OAPEN Foundation, by Eelco Ferwerda, Director
  37. Ohio State University, by Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director of University Libaries
  38. Open Access Button, by Joseph McArthur, Director
  39. Open Book Publishers, by Rupert Gatti, Co-founder
  40. Open Context (Alexandria Archive Institute), by Sarah Kansa, Executive Director
  41. Open Knowledge Maps, by Peter Kraker, Chairman
  42. Open Research Funders Group, by Greg Tananbaum, ORFG Coordinator
  43. OPERAS, by Pierre Mounier, Associate Director for International Development
  44. Our Research, by Heather Piwowar, Cofounder
  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. Strategies for Open Science (Stratos), by Kristen Ratan, Founder
  56. Syracuse University, by David Seaman, Dean of Libraries and Interim Dean of the School of Information Studies
  57. Texas Digital Library, by Kristi Park, Executive Director
  58. The Wikipedia Library, by Jake Orlowitz, Lead
  59. Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, by Jacomien van Niekerk, Editor
  60. UNC Greensboro, by Martin Halbert, Dean of University Libraries
  61. Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, by Arianna Becerril, Professor
  62. University Nazi BONI, by Tiguiane Yelemou, Senior Professor
  63. University of Abomey Calavi, by Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager
  64. University of Alaska Anchorage, by Steve Rollins, Dean, UAA/APU Consortium Library
  65. University of California, Santa Barbara, by Kristin Antelman, University Librarian
  66. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, by John Wilkin, Dean of Libraries and University Librarian
  67. University of Michigan, by Maurice York, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology
  68. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, by Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian & Vice Provost
  69. University of North Dakota Libraries, by Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
  70. University of Virginia Library, by Robin Ruggaber, Director of Strategic Technology Partnerships & Initiatives
  71. West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN), by Omo Oaiya, Chief Strategy Officer
  72. 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. Dominique Babini, Open Access Advisor at CLACSO-Latin American Council of Social Sciences
  23. Edwin Qobose, Director at University of Botswana Library
  24. Ellen Dubinsky, Scholarly Communication Librarian at University of Arizona
  25. Felix Emeka Anyiam, Research Officer & Data Analyst/Scientist at Centre for Health and Development, University of Port Harcourt, Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  26. Fiona Murphy, Owner at MMC Ltd
  27. Godwin Yeboah, Senior Research Fellow at Institute for Global Sustainable Development - University of Warwick
  28. Hans de Jonge, Head of Open Science at Dutch Research Council (NWO)
  29. Heather Staines, Head of Partnerships at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  30. Ina Smith, Project Manager at Academy of Science of South Africa/African Open Science Platform
  31. Innocent Awasom, Associate Librarian at Texas Tech University Lubbock
  32. Irene Onyancha, Chief, Knowledge Management Services at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  33. Jean-Claude Guédon, Professeur Honoraire (retired full professor) at Université de Montréal
  34. Jean-Francois Lutz, Head of Digital Library at Université de Lorraine
  35. Jeannet Molopyane, Deputy Director at University of the Free State
  36. Jennifer Vinopal, Associate Director for Information Technology at The Ohio State University Libraries
  37. Jennifer McLennan, Head of External Relations at eLife
  38. Jeroen Sondervan, Open Access Publishing Consultant at Utrecht University Library
  39. Jibril Attahiru Alhassan, University Librarian at Federal University of Technology Minna
  40. Johannah White, OER Librarian at Xavier University of Louisiana
  41. John Stephen Tenywa, Associate Professor at College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Makerere University
  42. Jonathan Tennant, Research Fellow at Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity
  43. Joseph Sagbohan, Library and ICT Project Manager at University of Abomey Calavi
  44. Josiline Chigwada, Sub Librarian - Information Services at Bindura University of Science Education
  45. Juan de Dios Santander-Vela, Software Systems Engineer at SKA Organisation
  46. Kamel Belhamel, Professor at University of Bejaia
  47. Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships & Initiatives at Annual Reviews
  48. Kathleen DeLaurenti, Head Librarian at The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
  49. Kevin Hawkins, Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communication at University of North Texas Libraries
  50. Kevin Stranack, Managing Director at Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University Library
  51. Kim Pham, Librarian at University of Denver University Libraries
  52. Leigh Blackall, Educational Designer at RMIT University
  53. Lire Zakari, Head of Documentation and Information Centre at Conseil Africain et Malgache pour l'Enseignement Supérieur (CAMES)
  54. Lisa Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services & Instruction at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  55. Lori Goetsch, Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University
  56. Ludo Waltman, Professor of Quantitative Science Studies at Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS), Leiden University
  57. Luqman Hayes, Scholarly Communications Team Leader at Auckland University of Technology
  58. Marcel LaFlamme, Postdoctoral Researcher at LBG Open Innovation in Science Center
  59. Maseka Lesaoana, Researcher at
  60. Melissa Levine, Director, Copyright Office at University of Michigan Library
  61. Micah Vandegrift, Open Knowledge Librarian at North Carolina State University
  62. Michael Mensah, Assistant Librarian at TAKORADI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY
  63. Michael Eisen, Professor (UCB), Investigator (HHMI), Editor in Chief (eLife) at UC Berkeley, HHMI, eLife
  64. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  65. Mmaditshipi Seageng, Library Manager at National School of Government
  66. Nanci Oddone, Professor at Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro (Unirio)
  67. Nate Angell, Director of Marketing at Hypothesis
  68. Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement at SPARC
  69. Nomathongo Bell, Deputy Director, Library and Information Services at Nelson Mandela University
  70. Nozuko Hlwatika, Administrator at University of South Africa
  71. Paige Mann, Scholarly Communications Librarian | STEM Librarian at University of Redlands
  72. Paloma Marín Arraiza, PhD student at Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP
  73. Peg Fowler, Director, Business Operations at Hypothesis
  74. Peter Suber, Director, Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard University
  75. Philipp Conzett, Senior Research Librarian at UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  76. Rania Ibrahim, Researcher at National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Sciences
  77. Raym Crow, Senior Consultant at SPARC
  78. Robin Sinn, Coordinator, Office of Scholarly Communication at Johns Hopkins University
  79. Roger Watson, Professor of Nursing at University of Hull
  80. Samir Hachani, Lecturer at the School of Library Science at Algiers University
  81. Samuel Klein, Founder at New England Wikimedians
  82. Sarah de Rijcke, Professor and Scientific Director at CWTS, Leiden University
  83. Selorm Ankudey, Junior Assistant Librarian at University of Energy and Natural Resources
  84. Sharla Lair, Strategist, Content & Scholarly Communication Initiatives at LYRASIS
  85. Sherry Lake, Scholarly Repository Librarian at University of Virginia
  86. Sithembile Nyebeleza, Assistant Librarian at NWU
  87. Sizwe Ngcobo, Resource Centre Manager (Bedfordview Campus) at Pearson Institute of Higher Education
  88. Souleymane Sogoba, Archivist-Documentalist at CPS/SDR
  89. Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources at University of North Dakota Libraries
  90. Terry Ehling, Managing Director at MIT Knowledge Futures Group
  91. Thomas Bello, Senior Assistant Librarian at Kamuzu College of Nursing, University of Malawi
  92. Vicky Steeves, Librarian for Research Data Management and Reproducibility at New York University
  93. Violeta Ilik, Head, Digital Collections and Preservation Systems at Columbia University
  94. Zachary Seitz, Laboratory Technician at University of Kansas Medical Center