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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.


Imagining a world without open infrastructures

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Imagine a world where thousands of peer-reviewed journals, books, datasets, and other research output are no longer available online, a world without persistent identifiers, registries, and standards for data exchange, where technical development priorities are not in alignment with community values, and where the creation of standards is not community-driven.

This is a world without open infrastructures. They are not simply “nice to haves” or alternatives to commercial offerings–they are essential tools and services that support research creation and publication designed for the public good.

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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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