May 23, 2022

Center for Open Science and Internet Archive Announce Collaboration to Preserve Open Data

From a COS Announcement:

The Center for Open Science is pleased to announce a collaboration with Internet Archive (IA) to maintain an infrastructure that preserves open data and research of archival value to libraries. The endeavor is made possible through the 2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

IA and COS will work together to ensure that open data related to the scientific research process is archived for perpetual access, redistribution, and reuse. The project aims to leverage the intersection between open research data, the long-term stewardship activities of libraries, and collaborative, distributed data sharing and preservation networks. By focusing on these three areas of work, the project will prototype and implement infrastructure for improved data sharing in further support of open science and data curation.


“We are excited to work together with COS to ensure open science data is archived and perpetually available for reuse,” said Jefferson Bailey, IA’s Director of Web Archiving and Data Services. “Creating interoperability between COS’s essential OSF platform for research collaboration and IA’s infrastructure for archiving and access will have benefits not just to users of our services, but also to our shared network of partner universities, libraries, data curators, and open repositories. We are extremely grateful to IMLS for supporting this work.”

Read the Complete Blog Post

UPDATE: September 24, 2019: Internet Archive and Center for Open Science Collaborate to Preserve Open Science Data

Beyond the prototyping and technical work of data archiving, the teams will also be conducting training, including the development of open education resources, webinars, and similar materials to ensure data librarians can incorporate the project deliverables into their local research data management workflows. The two-year project will first focus on OSF Registrations data and expand to include other open access materials hosted on OSF. Later stage work will test interoperable approaches to sharing subsets of this data with other preservation networks such as LOCKSS, AP Trust, and individual university libraries. Together, IA and COS aim to lay the groundwork for seamless technical integration supporting the full lifecycle of data publishing, distribution, preservation, and perpetual access.

Read the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.