It’s time to modify the way we pay for Open infrastructure


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This keynote will address how changes in the current scholarly communications service and infrastructure eco system require us to rethink how we will sustain our open efforts in the future. Seed funding will help us innovate; however, are we as libraries ready to invest in maintaining and further developing good practice for years to come such as services we have come to depend on to implement our policies like DOAJ or SHERPA/RoMEO. Many of us in Europe are reliant on our ministries for funding, but when governments change, how sure are we that this funding will continue? Furthermore, funders are increasingly introducing Open policies; what is their contribution to sustaining Open services /infrastructure? Or are we going to leave it to large publishers to purchase services and infrastructure to add it to their increasingly diversified portfolio, increasing the dependency of our research and teaching communities on many levels of their work flows?

A range of Open Scholarship services are experimenting with new business models such as arXiv.org, the Open Library of Humanities, Knowledge Unlatched, which are helping combat these challenges. Furthermore, efforts like SCOSS are stimulating change in this area. Such developments will help demonstrate new potentials and will promote change in the way we finance Openness.

It is time to rethink how we fund the Open services and infrastructure that support Open policy and practice. Merely continuing to talk of the need to sustain service and infrastructure or taking a piecemeal approach will not cut it, we need to see a strategic vision and approach to help ensure the scholarly communications services and infrastructure are here for years to come.

Location: Date: September 20, 2018 Time: 10:35 - 11:20 Vanessa Proudman, SPARC Europe Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License