You did it! Over 4 million euros pledged to OS infrastructure. The Swiss Academic Libraries consortium pledge from Switzerland helps SCOSS reach a major milestone – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“After the generous pledge to DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, and OpenCitations last year, several institutional members and customers of the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries have now pledged funding to three services currently being promoted by SCOSS:  arXiv, Redalyc/AmeliCA and DSpace and to two infrastructures from the SCOSS Pilot cycle: DOAJ and Sherpa Romeo. Over the next three years, the support will total 57.750 Euros for arXiv, 47.250 Euros to Redalyc/AmeliCA, 57.750 Euros to DSpace, 88.357,50 Euros to DOAJ, and 136.500 Euros to SherpaRomeo, for a combined total of nearly 388.000 Euros….”

CANADIAN INSTITUTIONS PLEDGE 268,750 EUROS TO ARXIV, REDALYC/AMELICA AND DSPACE – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“After their generous pledge in 2020, twenty-five members of the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL), have now committed to supporting all three infrastructures currently promoted by SCOSS in its third funding cycle. This is the first library consortium to pledge for the SCOSS third funding cycle infrastructures.

CRKN empowers researchers, educators, and society with greater access to the world’s research and Canada’s preserved documentary heritage, now and for future generations. CARL provides leadership on behalf of Canada’s research libraries and enhances capacity to advance research and higher education.Through this CARL-CRKN partnership, Canadian academic library support will total 104,500 Euros to arXiv, 98,250 Euros to Redalyc/AmeliCA, and 66,000 Euros to DSpace, for a combined total of 268,750 Euros over the next three years….”

SCOSS Expression of Interest 2022 – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“Having raised well over 3 million EUR to sustain vital, non-commercial infrastructure and services within the Open Science community; the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is once again searching for new potential candidate organisations to fund during the 2022 to 2024 SCOSS funding cycle. We welcome applications from across the world: particularly from South America, Asia and Africa although all regions should apply.

In short, this is how the initiative works: SCOSS provides the framework and funding structure, vetting potential candidates based on a defined set of criteria. The most eligible of those that pass the vigorous evaluation are then presented to the global OA/OS community of stakeholders with an appeal for monetary support in a crowdfunding-style approach.

In 2022, the SCOSS board is seeking potential candidates for preliminary assessment. At minimum, each candidate must meet the following basic qualifications:

The candidate organisation must have been established for at least two years, and can demonstrate their sustainability challenge.
Eligible organisations must have a non-profit status in the country in which they are based and/or be affiliated with or owned by a research or educational institution.
The services or infrastructure provided by the candidate organisation must be of international relevance and must be broadly relevant to more than one discipline.”

SCOSS publishes the 2022 Expression of Interest Call

Having raised well over 3 million EUR to sustain vital, non-commercial infrastructure and services within the Open Science community; the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is once again searching for new potential candidate organisations to fund during the 2022 to 2024 SCOSS funding cycle. We welcome applications from across the world: particularly from South America, Asia and Africa although all regions should apply. Applications are due by 28 February 2022. 

 

In the SCOSS consultation run in summer 2021, the community identified three types of Open Science Infrastructure to prioritise for funding:

Open publishing services, tools and platforms
FAIR Open Access repository services
Open research data infrastructure and services

SCOSS strategy 2022-2024 | Zenodo

SCOSS, & Jon Treadway. (2021). SCOSS strategy 2022-2024. Zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5707478

 

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) was established in 2017.

Well over €3m has been pledged by the community since the beginning of 2017; awareness of the need to support Open Science Infrastructure providers has increased.

This strategy seeks to build on that success; it sets out SCOSS’s goals for the next 3 years and the steps SCOSS will take to achieve them.

 

Open Access (OA) Week – Support SCOSS in Providing Funding for Three Essential Services for the Open Research Community – LIBER Europe

“This year’s theme intentionally aligns with the recently released UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science, of which Open Access is a crucial component. Circulated in draft form following discussion by representatives of UNESCO’s 193 member countries, the Recommendation powerfully articulates and centres the importance of equity in pursuing a future for scholarship that is open by default….

The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), a part of SPARC Europe, has successfully supported two pledging rounds for Open Science Infrastructures (OSIs) helping them secure a sustainable future. To date, SCOSS has facilitated reaching over €3.3m in pledges for DOAJ, Jisc’s Sherpa Romeo, DOAB and OAPEN, PKP and OpenCitations.

The mission of SPARC Europe is to provide leadership to Europe’s Higher Education and research communities and those that support it to enable the conditions and opportunities to maximise the access and re-use of Europe’s research and educational resources for all whilst respecting diversity and equity. This closely aligns with LIBER’s own mission to provide an information infrastructure to help research in LIBER’s institutions to be world-class and ensuring intellectual freedom and access to scholarship.

SCOSS now launches its third pledging round: we are asking the research community to please support arXiv, Redalyc/AmeliCA,and DSpace. These three services are all deemed “essential infrastructures” by SCOSS….”

 

What you told us – responses to our consultation on SCOSS’s future – SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

“The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) is now four years old. We are delighted that we have been able to support eight extraordinary organisations that provide Open Science Infrastructure in that time. As we grow into the next phase of our development, we have sought to learn more about how people perceive us and the work we do, and where our priorities should lie as we develop a new SCOSS strategy. 

We conducted a consultation to understand awareness and perceptions of Open Science Infrastructure in the sector, and the role SCOSS plays in providing support.

 As part of this consultation, we undertook a survey which attracted over 200 responses. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and are delighted to share some of the results….

When we asked what types of organisations SCOSS itself should prioritise, the responses aligned with the general priorities respondents identified. We are pleased to see that the infrastructures supported so far by SCOSS are well aligned with these choices, and that very few respondents (only four) wanted to prioritise infrastructure not covered by the categories offered.

When we asked which criteria should be used to prioritise support, Interoperability was the most popular option, chosen by 59% of respondents, with Community Governance chosen by 53% of respondents and 45% choosing Global significance. No other options were chosen by more than 30% of respondents, although three, Organizational resilience (29%), Urgency of need for funding (26%) and Innovation of solution (26%), were grouped together as the next three most popular choices.”

DOAB achieves a major milestone | Open Electronic Publishing blog by OpenEdition

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), led by OpenEdition and OAPEN Foundation (Open Access Publishing in European Networks), has achieved a key milestone. After the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) named DOAB an international open science institution eligible for community funding, DOAB and OAPEN achieved their funding goal of €505,000 in three years, thanks to financing from 89 institutions in 14 countries. We are grateful to our partner institutions, who have been instrumental in supporting DOAB!

DOAB/OAPEN reaches important funding milestone | SCOSS – The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services

 

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) and OAPEN, jointly part of SCOSS’s second funding cycle, has met a significant milestone by reaching its three-year funding goal of 505,000 Euros in about 18 months, despite the COVID-19 challenge. SCOSS and DOAB/OAPEN would like to express their gratitude towards its global funding community of 89 institutions from 14 countries that have contributed to this campaign. Ahead lies now the challenge for DOAB/OAPEN to sustain this crucial financial support from the community.

OAPEN Foundation 2020 Annual Report

In 2020, the OAPEN Foundation celebrated its 10 year anniversary as an open infrastructure service for open access (OA) books, providing services to publishers, libraries, and research funders in the areas of hosting, deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation. The mission of OAPEN to increase discoverability of OA books and to build trust around OA books has been leading us through a challenging year marked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

SCOSS STRATEGY SURVEY

“SCOSS provides the framework and funding structure, vetting potential candidates based on a defined set of criteria. The most eligible of those that pass the vigorous evaluation are then presented to the global community of Open Science stakeholders with an appeal for monetary support in a crowdfunding-style approach. 

Having successfully supported two cohorts of organizations seeking funding, we are seeking the views of our stakeholders and the wider research community about Open Science Infrastructure, the mechanisms through which it should be supported, and what role SCOSS should play….”