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SCOSS publishes the 2022 Expression of Interest call. Apply now!

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Having raised well over 3 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 2022 to 2024 SCOSS funding cycle. We welcome applications from across the world: particularly from South America, Asia and Africa although all regions should apply. Applications are due by 28 February 2022

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What’s next for SCOSS? Find out at a joint SCOSS/LIBER webinar

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When? Wednesday, 24 November 2021, 11.30-1 PM CET

Where? Please register here.

For whom? This webinar is open to all, including RFOs and other funders, RPO, including universities and other academic institutions, societies, infrastructure providers, OA advocates, and researchers.

Since its establishment in 2017, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has supported eight Open Science Infrastructure services determined through a rigorous vetting process to be 1) crucial to an international researcher base, and 2) in need of financial support to secure a sustainable funding path. 

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SCOSS Campaign: DOAB/OAPEN reaches important funding milestone

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 The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN, jointly part of SCOSS’s second funding cycle, has met a significant milestone by reaching its three-year funding goal of 505,000 Euros in about 18 months, despite the COVID-19 challenge. SCOSS and DOAB/OAPEN would like to express their gratitude towards its global funding community of 89 institutions from 14 countries that have contributed to this campaign. Ahead lies now the challenge for DOAB/OAPEN to sustain this crucial financial support from the community.

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Swiss institutions pledge 320,250 euros to DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, and OpenCitations

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 After the pledge to DOAJ and Sherpa Romeo co-funded by swissuniversities in 2020, 18 institutional members and customers of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries have now pledged funding to three services currently being promoted by SCOSS: DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, and OpenCitations. Over the next three years, the support will total 131,250 Euros for DOAB and OAPEN, 99,750 Euros to PKP, and 89,250 Euros to OpenCitations, for a combined total of 320,250 Euros.

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ARL on How SCOSS Is Strengthening Global Open Access and Open Science Infrastructure

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The American Association of Research Libraries (ARL) just published a blog post on How SCOSS Is Strengthening Global Open Access and Open Science Infrastructure. As stated by ARL's Judy Ruttenberg, Senior Director of Scholarship and Policy, "2020’s global health crisis, with associated physical access restrictions and financial hardship, has brought the value of open into sharp relief. Attending to at-risk open science infrastructure now, through initiatives like SCOSS, helps secure a competitive market for scholarly innovation. If we cede the market exclusively to large commercial entities, those entities will control the direction of open scholarship and open access."

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SCOSS meets major milestones: DOAJ reaches funding goal

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SCOSS has met a major milestone. The Directory of Open Access Journals, one of two Open infrastructure services recommended during our pilot funding cycle, has met its funding goal of 1,370 000 Euros. The drive kicked off in late 2018; over the course of the past two years, more than 216 institutions from 19 countries contributed to DOAJ.

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Australian and New Zealand libraries commit to Open Infrastructure

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Eleven universities from Australia and New Zealand just made a one-year pledge of 22,275 euros to DOAB/OAPEN, OpenCitations and PKP with the prospect of pledging more next year. We are grateful to the Council of Australian University Librarians CAUL for facilitating this at a difficult time. This pledge demonstrates Australia’s and New Zealand’s commitments to Open Access and Open Science and to supporting important infrastructure in this time of need.

New survey seeks deeper insights into Europe’s OA & OS Infrastructure

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|Deadline extended to 12 June |Calling all European Open Access and Open Science/Scholarship services/resources: SPARC Europe needs your help in mapping and establishing a core understanding of Europe’s current field of Open resources, many of which are not financially stable, even though they underpin our Open landscape. The insights gained via this important survey, which is being conducted for the European OA and OS

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