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.
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.
SCOSS invited Peter Suber to speak to us about the importance of Open Infrastructure. We talked about the role of OSIs in the scholarly communication ecosystem and the lessons we learnt about Open Science and Scholarship in general in times of the global pandemic.
Building on their pledges last year, 24 institutional members of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) have pledged funding
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."
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.
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