New interview series on the sustainability journeys of key Open infrastructure
A healthy Open infrastructure is essential to Open Science. Yet, there’s much to learn about the disparate services and resources that collectively comprise this infrastructure if we are to secure it. A new series of interviews, launched today, is part of an ongoing process that intends to gain a deeper understanding of important nodes in the OS ecosystem of services.
Via these interviews, we shed light on the challenges that these services faced when looking to grow and sustain their work, and the consequences, both positive and negative, of joining forces with others. What choices were they compelled to make in the process?
OS infrastructure/services must be able to grow and develop and maintain operations, yet there is a scarcity of financial instruments and pathways for them to raise funds. This makes them vulnerable to potential acquisition by commercial operations, which lack the trust of many in the library, research and funder community.
The Open infrastructure ecosystem has grown organically over time, developing in tandem with Open Science to support it as it matured. This has led to a situation where comprehensive information is lacking on these services – and on the network as a whole; information that is vital to devising effective, sustainable means to secure that which is essential.
This is part of a wider project that looks at the wider challenges and opportunities in the OS infrastructure ecosystem, which includes a broader analysis of the Open Science infrastructure landscape in Europe, to be published later on this year.