Imagining a world without open infrastructures

31st May 2024News, Open Science

Imagine a world where thousands of peer-reviewed journals, books, datasets, and other research output are no longer available online, a world without persistent identifiers, registries, and standards for data exchange, where technical development priorities are not in alignment with community values, and where the creation of standards is not community-driven. This is a world without open infrastructures. 

Despite providing essential support for Open Science and serving the public good, open infrastructures face challenges that make long-term planning and development uncertain, even day-to-day operations in some cases. There is a way forward, which involves a shift in priorities and practices with regard to open infrastructure.

Working closely with various global open infrastructures, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) has a unique perspective. SCOSS evaluates open infrastructures that require funding and recommends them to potential supporters. In a new blogpost, SCOSS offers four practical steps that all stakeholders can take to address the challenges that open infrastructures face:

  1. Reach out collectively to increase the visibility of open infrastructure as an ecosystem
  2. Adapt current systems for funding and create new ones
  3. Collaborate with existing open infrastructure networks
  4. Rethink what we fund and why we fund it

Read the blogpost here.