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Everything you need to know about SCOSS

What is SCOSS?

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is a network of influential organisations committed to helping secure OA and OS infrastructure well into the future. Officially formed in early 2017, SCOSS’s purpose is to provide a new co-ordinated cost-sharing framework that will ultimately enable the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. READ MORE >>

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TOTAL FUNDS PLEDGED

The total sum pledged encompassing all funding rounds.

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INSTITUTIONS THAT HAVE PLEDGED FUNDS

The total number of institutions that have pledged funds via SCOSS since our launch.

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INFRASTRUCTURES FUNDED

The number of infrastructures that have been, or currently are being, funded via SCOSS.

Our funders

340 institutions and counting
Over 300 institutions have contributed to date. READ MORE >>

How it works

Each year, the coalition invites non-commercial OA/OS services to apply for SCOSS co-ordinated funding. The SCOSS board evaluates applicants rigorously based on criteria including the service’s value to communities such as funders, universities, libraries, authors, research managers and repositories; and on details pertaining to their governance structure, costs, sustainability measures, and future plans. READ MORE >>

Fifth funding cycle

15%
RDA

Research Data Alliance (RDA), The global network of research data experts, solutions, best practice and standards

12%
Software Heritage

Software Heritage, The Library of Alexandria of Software source code


Awardees | Current funding cycle

Research Data Alliance (RDA), The global network of research data experts, solutions, best practice and standards

Software Heritage, The Library of Alexandria of Software source code

Awardees | Current funding cycle

DRYAD, an open data publishing platform & community

LA Referencia, the federated network of Latin American OS repositories

ROR, an open, community-led registry of research org IDs

Fourth funding cycle

11%
DRYAD

DRYAD, an open data publishing platform & community

46%
LA Referencia

LA Referencia, the federated network of Latin American OS repositories

27%
ROR

ROR, an open, community-led registry of research org IDs

Third funding cycle

49%
arXiv

arXiv, open platform to share and discover emerging science

23%
Redalyc/AmeliCA

Redalyc/AmeliCA, open infrastructure for advancing diamond OA publishing

30%
DSpace

DSpace, the software of choice for open digital repositories


Awardees | Current funding cycle

arXiv, open platform to share and discover emerging science.

Redalyc/AmeliCA, open infrastructure for advancing diamond Open Access publishing.

DSpace, the software of choice for open digital repositories.

Second funding cycle

100%
DOAB and OAPEN

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN)

68%
PKP

The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a university initiative that creates open source software and services, including Open Journal Systems (OJS)

68%
OpenCitations

OpenCitations, a scholarly infrastructure service that provides open bibliographic and citation data


Pilot funding cycle

100%
DOAJ

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals.

59%
SHERPA/RoMEO

Sherpa Romeo, a database of publishers' policies on copyright and self-archiving.


Continued Support for Open Infrastructure from Canada!

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Thanks to the generous support of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries (see recent news) we have exceeded the 6 million euro mark of funds raised for SCOSS family infrastructures!  

Under a consortial approach administered by CRKN, Canadian research libraries pledged 152,000 Euro for the recently-launched SCOSS 5th funding cycle infrastructures Research Data Alliance (RDA) and Software Heritage.

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Why support open infrastructures?

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Adopt and adapt these talking points to advocate for sustaining open infrastructures, which are the non-commercial providers of scholarly communication resources and services, including software, that support a fully open and equitable scholarly communications ecosystem

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Swiss institutions renew support for Open infrastructures!

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Continuing a tradition of generosity towards Open Science infrastructures, member institutions of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries have pledged a total of 362,250 euros over the course of the next three years from 2024-2026. 

This pledge includes 78,750 euros for the services in SCOSS’ recently-launched 5th funding cycle, with 42,000 euros going to Research Data Alliance (RDA) and 36,750 euros to Software Heritage, for a combined total of 78,750 euros. The Consortium will also continue support for DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, and OpenCitations with a combined total of 283,500 euros. 

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Our new SCOSS Coordinator is Rosalie Lack

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Hi! I’m Rosalie Lack, and I’m excited to join SCOSS as a consultant to manage SCOSS family community activities, implement communications, and contribute to strategic initiatives.

I have extensive experience managing digital initiatives, with a focus on open access. I have worked previously with the African Digital Library Support Network (ADLSN), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), California Digital Library (CDL), and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL). My main focus in recent years has been on managing international initiatives with partners in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. I have a Master of Information Management and Systems from UC Berkeley School of Information, and I recently earned a Master of Studies in Law from UC Law San Francisco.

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SCOSS publishes the 2024 Expression of Interest call. Apply now!

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Having raised well over 5.8 million EUR to sustain vital, non-commercial infrastructure and services within the Open Science community; the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is once again searching for new potential candidate organisations to fund during the 2025 to 2027 SCOSS funding cycle.

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SCOSS infrastructures stronger together

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On November 30 2023, SCOSS organised a webinar with the theme ‘Building connections’. The session aimed to reflect on how SCOSS infrastructures have progressed, what the case for open infrastructure is and gave the opportunity to meet some of the SCOSS Board who shared their visions for the future. 

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Going into fifth gear: SCOSS launches its 5th pledging round

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SCOSS is thrilled to announce the launch of its fifth pledging cycle. Both of the chosen projects are already an established and well-known infrastructure with high usage making an important contribution to open science. They need community support to innovate, broaden their global reach and to increase resilience and financial sustainability. We look forward to welcoming RDA and Software Heritage to the SCOSS Family. 

On behalf of the SCOSS Board I extend my congratulations to the supported infrastructure for this round. Although the economic downturn and restricted budgets can make pledging more difficult, please do consider helping sustain priority open science infrastructure by pledging a percentage of your relevant budget to structurally help infrastructures on their way to sustainability.”


Martin Borchert, Chair of the SCOSS Board.

Now in its fifth year, SCOSS takes great pleasure in announcing two new Open Science infrastructure partners to join the SCOSS Family. After careful evaluation, SCOSS has selected the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and Software Heritage for this fifth funding cycle, organisations who are both seeking help in creating and maintaining sustainable futures.

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