Invest in Open Infrastructure Funders Summit 2022: Summary and resources | 29 November 2022

“Between October 31 and November 4, 2022, Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) organized our first Funders Summit, where we brought together over 80 funders, budget holders, and other key stakeholders involved in the financing and resourcing of open infrastructure to collaboratively explore and discuss a shared framework for investment in open research infrastructure and test out building an alternative funding mechanism. As outlined in our strategic plan, we recognize the need for global cooperation and coordination to increase and sustain open infrastructure investment at an ecosystem-wide level. In our many conversations with stakeholders throughout the past years, we have also come to understand the desire for more evidence-based strategic guidance and recommendations for funders looking to invest more meaningfully in open infrastructure, as well as the need to test new models and interventions. In organizing this Summit, we aimed to: Go beyond the “usual suspects”, to bring together diverse stakeholders from around the world, from those representing inter-governmental organizations to those from the broader digital and/or public infrastructure space. Share key research and data to spark discussions and challenge assumptions on what to fund and how to fund. Create a safe space for experimentation, to test out an alternative means to collectively fund open infrastructure and for all participants – including IOI – to learn from the experience. Below, we share a summary of the discussions at the Summit, as well as links to recordings, slides, and other related resources. We’ll reflect on the collective fund pilot run during the Summit and key lessons we learnt in the following weeks….

The shared notes and complete recordings remain accessible to Summit participants. The links and ways to access these additional artefacts can be found on our HackMD page.”

Monitoring progress towards Open Science as the new norm: First results from the EOSC Observatory

“Monitoring National Contributions to the EOSC

• Understand to what extent open science policies and practices are progressively implemented

• Assess and deepen understanding of the positive impacts brought by these policies and practices.

• Mutual learning through more data, in-depth discussions and matchmaking of policies, strategies and best practices

• Next iteration: extended survey including all open science elements and content …”

Evaluating Publisher Open Access Agreements

Abstract: Librarians are highly experienced in analyzing subscription renewal offers. However, more often libraries are receiving offers from publishers for agreements that incorporate fees for “read” access (i.e., traditional subscription access) with open access “publish” payments. In this workshop, we will provide participants with an overview of types of transformative agreements and factors to consider when analyzing offers that include an open access component. These will be applied to scenarios from different types of publishers. If time, there will be a hands-on portion in which participants will learn how to access usage data beyond COUNTER reports. This will include accessing APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) via OpenRefine. The workshop will build on materials created by SPARC’s Data Analysis for Negotiation Working Group ( 

Critique of “Transformative” Reasons: “T”As and Their Discontents | Brianne Selman @ Library Publishing Forum, 18 May 2022

Presentation slides by Brianne Selman. Session description: “This session will summarize some of the major categories of the critiques of “transformative” agreements. Perspectives that critique negotiation approaches, the continued bundling of costs into large agreements, market concentrations, decline in scholarly standards, analysis of whether OA goals are even being met by TAs, as well as major equity and diversity concerns will be summarized and discussed.”

POD for Rosemont / Partnership Joint Forum – Feb 2022 – Google Slides

“POD is working to create a platform that positions data reuse and service integration as strategic assets. Through open, iterative development and leveraging the investment in our libraries’ internal capacities, we will meet multiple library needs and enable innovation in ways that cannot be done through a series of one-off solutions or relying on vendors and external systems….”

Open Research Conversation: Responsible Metrics

“Presentation slides and recording from Open Research Conversation on Responsible Metrics on 18th January 2022.


Event description:

There has been much criticism and debate about the influence of research metrics, such as the journal impact factor, on publishing practices and researchers’ careers. The University of Sheffield was an early signatory to DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment), meaning it has committed to supporting a responsible approach to research assessment and ending reliance on journal-based metrics. In the spirit of DORA, this conversation will look at the future of metrics and how they can be used responsibly, to increase robustness, transparency, equality and diversity in the academic community.”