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 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.
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.
|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
The FinELib consortium just recently reached a deal with DOAJ and Sherpa/RoMEO to help support them, pledging a total of 162,000 euros. Sixteen Higher Education institutions pay towards helping reach both infrastructure funding targets, bringing the DOAJ target to 99%!
Just a few months into SCOSS's second funding cycle, a new milestone has been reached as the total sum of pledged funds has now exceeded €2 million. This represents contributions made from the library and research communities worldwide to help
SCOSS has gained the support of another consortium; this one in Norway. Twenty-three institutions there have signed an agreement with the Unit consortium collectively pledging €40,000 for 2020 to SHERPA/RoMEO; the group’s intention is to renew the commitment for two additional
SCOSS reached another major milestone this week with the announcement by France’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation that The French Open Science Committee has decided to grant €450,000 to OpenCitations, the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) and the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). The largest portion of the pledge,
€250,000, is being granted to OpenCitations over a three-year period while €75,000 is being directed to PKP and €125,000 to DOAB. This is the largest single financial contribution to date and brings the sum of funds raised via SCOSS over the past two years to more than €2 million.