April 23, 2021

Invest in Open Infrastructure: “Living Our Values: Our Journey to Address Systemic Inequities in Open Infrastructure”

From an IOI Blog Post:

Invest in Open Infrastructure exists at the intersection of open source technology, higher education, and a global community of researchers and practitioners. Our work does not operate in a vacuum, and as an organization focused on sustainability, we feel a responsibility to ensure we’re advancing structures and platforms that are building an equitable future of access for all.

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We, as an organization, are trying to do our part and ensure we’re challenging the structures that exacerbate inequity in research and scholarship. As a part of this, we began work with inclusion experts DeEtta Jones & Associates (DJA) last summer to investigate ways IOI can better serve and steward the sort of equity that open infrastructure can and should enable.

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Over the next few months, in collaboration with Code for Science & Society (IOI’s fiscal sponsor), we will work to fully operationalize the recommendations and strategies designed by DeEtta Jones & Associates to evolve our decision-making structures to more directly imbue care, equity, and representation into our work and leadership. This work is supported by a Nominating Committee, who will work closely with IOI leadership and the broader Steering Committee to examine governance models, gaps in representation and expertise, and ways we can begin to address the systemic inequities and whiteness that persist in our communities.

Learn More, Read the Complete Blog Post

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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