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. Peter stressed the importance of sustaining OSIs, saying: “the more the libraries appreciate the connection between the content and the infrastructure, the more they might be willing to pay for, support, or subsidize the infrastructure as well”.
Asked about the risks of funders not contributing to supporting OSIs, Peter described the current situation as “a fork in the road” moment. While exploring possible ways of making funding OSIs easier for libraries and library consortia, Peter made several recommendations encouraging universities to create inventories of the infrastructures they use and commit to paying their share to support them. Watch the video here.