For the past few years, SPARC Europe has been involved with various efforts to help secure the essential field of Open services that have sprung up in recent years, and that underpin Open Access and Open Science in Europe. Read more about our main efforts here:
The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS)
SPARC Europe co-ordinates this global effort established in 2017.
Helping secure selected open research infrastructure through crowd-funding. More than 2m euros raised.
Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI)
SPARC Europe has been serving on the Steering Group of IOI since the outset.
We aim to ensure that the interests of Europe are well represented and addressed whilst building a global strategic approach to funding OA/OS infrastructure.
Our most recent activity in this space is the launch of a survey (deadline, 5 June 2020) to gain a comprehensive understanding of existing OA and OS infrastructure/resources in Europe so that these services have a greater chance of garnering the funding support they may need in future. We also hope to highlight infrastructure that is following a range of open principles, showcasing European open infrastructure champions. We look forward to sharing results in late summer/early autumn.