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What you told us – responses to our consultation on SCOSS’s future

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The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is now four years old. We are delighted that we have been able to support eight extraordinary organisations that provide Open Science Infrastructure in that time. As we grow into the next phase of our development, we have sought to learn more about how people perceive us and the work we do, and where our priorities should lie as we develop a new SCOSS strategy. 

We conducted a consultation to understand awareness and perceptions of Open Science Infrastructure in the sector, and the role SCOSS plays in providing support.

 As part of this consultation, we undertook a survey which attracted over 200 responses. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and are delighted to share some of the results.

Who responded?

The highest number of respondents (45%) represented organizations based in Europe, with France providing the most respondents while multiple other European nations were represented by a few respondents. North America provided the next highest number (24%), with Canada providing the majority of these.

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Ready, steady, pledge! SCOSS launches its third pledging round

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The time has come! We are excited to announce the 3rd SCOSS pledging round with three new Open Science Infrastructure services partnering with us and needing your help in creating a sustainable future for them. After careful evaluation, SCOSS has selected arXiv, Redalyc/AmeliCA, and DSpace for this third funding cycle. 

Martin Borchert, Chair of the SCOSS Board commented on this selection: “SCOSS is thrilled to announce the launch of its third pledging cycle. Each of the chosen projects is already an established and well-known infrastructure with high usage and making an important contribution to open scholarship. They all need community support to  foster continued innovation, increased resilience and financial sustainability.”

We hope that you will consider contributing to one, two, or all three of these carefully chosen Open Science Infrastructures, as their future depends on community support. Let’s work together to build a healthy Open Science ecosystem!

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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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What’s next? Help us shape SCOSS’s future

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Over the last several years SCOSS has successfully supported two pledging rounds for Open Science Infrastructures helping them become more sustainable. We are about to announce organizations included in the third cycle and we find ourselves in the position of both looking back at what we have achieved and thinking forward, about SCOSS’s future. 

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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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Finding a place for Open Infra funding

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As budgets tighten and the need for open resources swells, remaining diligent in our efforts to fund essential Open Science services remains critical

Three months ago, our world was turned upside down. Things went quiet as we tried to find our bearings. Now, we are working to figure out how to move forward.
Watching the global scientific community mobilise these past

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