January 25, 2022

Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) Calls on Community to “Take Action to Stop the Lock Up of Research and Learning”

From an IOI Blog Post:

On May 17, 2021, Clarivate Analytics announced it was acquiring software, data, and analytics company ProQuest for $5.3 billion USD. We believe additional regulation, oversight, and action are needed, and call on the community to join us.


We, IOI, ask the community to join us as we coordinate an effort to:

  • Audit Clarivate and ProQuests’ data resale and surveillance practices and policies.
  • Organize a community consultation on data governance for institutional customers of Clarivate and ProQuest services.
  • Review Clarivate and ProQuest’s pricing, terms of use, lock-in policies, & contract details.
  • Call for institutions to commit to anti-surveillance practices, first by signing below, and then by working together to improve terms of use to support this aim.

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.