Funding Open Infrastructure: An Overview of Invest in Open Infrastructure’s (IOI) Initial Work
From an IOI Blog Post by Richard Dunks:
Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) is dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems supporting research and scholarship. As outlined in our 2021-2024 Strategic Plan, we set as our first goal to “Increase our collective understanding of the funding and infrastructure landscape by conducting research.” To that end, we’ve been working to better understand the funding supporting open technologies and systems in research and scholarship. As we’ve stated previously in describing our initial research prototypes, the data from the best stock research tools on current investment in the sector, whether from the various funders and other supporters, or the recipients themselves, is at best disaggregated but also often incomplete if not inaccessible.
Today, we’re starting a series of blog posts outlining our work to address this challenge by assessing the available data sources and aggregating this information for initial evaluation and preliminary analysis. There is a great deal of funding for important work researching, evaluating, training, and otherwise advancing the cause of openness, transparency, and equity in scientific research and scholarship, but our focus in this research (and as an organization) is on the tangible work of creating, developing, and maintaining technologies and services that make open scholarship and research possible, particularly the ubiquitous and widely-used tools without which the work of research and scholarship would be challenging if not impossible.
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.