SPARC Europe aims to enable an OS infrastructure to emerge and thrive by making concerted efforts to explore how we as a community can better sustain it. 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.

10 key interviews with OS infrastructure on their journeys to sustainability
These 10 interviews highlight some of the key decision-making points, funding mechanisms and models, and other learnings from a series of commonly used services and technologies used to support research and scholarship. These include both for-profit and not-for-profit services, highlighting perspectives on sustainability across the sector.
From 30 Sept, we will release these on a fortnightly basis, ending with a piece on some of the lessons learnt and essential sustainability choices infra need to make. See the dedicated website here. And follow the twitter conversation here #infrajourneys. Skim the top-level lessons here.

In Spring 2020 we launched a survey to Scope the Open Science Infrastructure Landscape in Europe to gain a better 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 published the culminating report in late 2020. It shows a diverse, interconnected, open, professional and viable, developing OS ecosystem in Europe; one that is worth investing in. At the same time, this developing ecosystem faces a range of issues that challenge its path to a more open and sustainable future.
View the 
OSI survey instrument, and Read the report. Skim the top-level report results in a related one-pager here.

The interviews and survey work was supported by the Open Society Foundations, and was in collaboration with Invest in Open Infrastructure.