New SPARC Europe report out: Scoping the Open Science Infrastructure Landscape in Europe – SPARC Europe

“Service providers could benefit from:

 

Sharing lessons learnt. This might involve developing communities of practice and guidance; pooling resources and working with initiatives such as Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) and JROST. 
Following good governance practices. This allows the community to trust that the infrastructure or service will be steered by the needs of the community and stay true to the values of research.
Going open source and adopting open standards.  “Despite a strong uptake of open source and open standards by many, challenges remain for some in sharing good governance, open content and applying open standards,” wrote the authors.
Diversifying fund-raising efforts, upskilling to embrace a range of business revenue models. This allows the organisation to spread financial risk….”

An interview with Heather Piwowar, Co-founder, Open Research, Canada | Zenodo

“This is one of a series of interviews to share insights into the sustainability of open infrastructure services.

These interviews were conducted in the Spring/Summer of 2020. This is an Invest in Open Infrastructure Project: https;//investinopen.org.

This work is supported by Open Society Foundations and SPARC Europe, in collaboration with Invest in Open Infrastructure.

For more on this work see https://sparceurope.org/ioiinterviews …”

10 Key Interviews – SPARC Europe

Just lauched: 2 of 10 in-depth interviews with #OSinfrastructure services—Our Research & REDALYC. Dig in to discover what essential lessons these services have learned on their journey to sustainability. 

This is an Invest in Open Infrastructure Project.

Future of Open Scholarship project: Preliminary Findings

“This report shares a preliminary summary of the findings and top level insights of the Future of Open Scholarship stakeholder interviews, run by the authors from June 29 to August 24, 2020. Over 54 interviews were conducted (some individual, some group), with a total of 81 participants from 56 different institutions, scholarly societies, and supporting organizations. (There are an additional 18 participants as a part of this research effort who have not yet participated in an initial user interview at the time of this report).

Engagement in this work involves representatives from 18 countries and 5 continents around the world. These include Egypt, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Mali, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa, Algeria, Sudan, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. 

We invite feedback  and comments directly in this document. This is primarily written for study participants, as well as other institutional leaders, infrastructure providers, and decision makers working to advance open scholarship….”

The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future | Impact of Social Sciences

“The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and scholarship operate. Economic volatility is also constraining support for key systems and services that the academy relies on, especially those that are community-led. Kaitlin Thaney argues that there’s a need to converge on community-controlled open scholarship projects, to both meet the demands of the moment, and build a more resilient system for scholarly communication for future crisis situations, and invites readers to participate in planning how such systems can be maintained….

Openness is going to be more radically accepted (even demanded) than ever before post-crisis.

Many key pieces of scholarly research landscape are at risk of going out of business or consolidating by the end of the year. Looking ahead 12-18 months, there is a real threat of infrastructure collapse, the severity and downstream effects of which are not yet fully known at this time.

The current state of funding and resourcing will force institutions to do more with less and to think beyond their walls about shared models of financing….”

The open scholarship ecosystem faces collapse; it’s also our best hope for a more resilient future | Impact of Social Sciences

“The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting universities and higher education institutions, reducing budgets and presenting new design challenges that will fundamentally alter how research and scholarship operate. Economic volatility is also constraining support for key systems and services that the academy relies on, especially those that are community-led. Kaitlin Thaney argues that there’s a need to converge on community-controlled open scholarship projects, to both meet the demands of the moment, and build a more resilient system for scholarly communication for future crisis situations, and invites readers to participate in planning how such systems can be maintained….

Openness is going to be more radically accepted (even demanded) than ever before post-crisis.

Many key pieces of scholarly research landscape are at risk of going out of business or consolidating by the end of the year. Looking ahead 12-18 months, there is a real threat of infrastructure collapse, the severity and downstream effects of which are not yet fully known at this time.

The current state of funding and resourcing will force institutions to do more with less and to think beyond their walls about shared models of financing….”

Reopening plans and the future of open scholarship: A call for participation | Invest in Open Infrastructure

“Over the last few months we’ve been in conversation with colleagues in higher education about what they see as the challenges that lie ahead as they weigh reopening plans and longer term effects of the global pandemic. Starting June 29th, we will be launching our first research effort to support institutional decision-making in research and scholarship.

For the next six months, we will be working with representatives across key areas of the scholarly research lifecycle on a coordinated approach for the future of scholarship and research at the institutional level….

The project sets out to deliver the following resources and services to partners:

A framework and set of shared criteria to support assessment of open systems and solutions in service of the academy;
Cost-benefit analyses to enable faster, more informed decision making in support of open scholarship;
Actionable recommendations and guidance for budget owners;
Actionable recommendations and models for projects to operate sustainably;
Scenario planning for 6, 12, and 18+ months outlooks;
A collective model for stewardship, cost-sharing, and risk pooling….

Participation is straightforward: 1-2 interviews, and an invitation to join us for 2-4 targeted feedback sessions over the course of the next six months. To sign up, please add your information to this form. …”