From an IOI Blog Post:
Today we are excited to share the first look at the Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIs). This resource is the culmination of research, interviews, and analysis of a sampling of open infrastructure projects serving the research community.
We designed COIs in response to feedback gathered from institutional leaders, research practitioners, funders, and tool providers, echoing a need for more readily accessible, comprehensive, consistent, and actionable information to utilize in their decision making. The information modeled in COIs covers a variety of areas we feel are important to increase visibility on, ranging from the people involved, governance model and organizational finances, to their commitment to community engagement and transparency.
We heard from over 120 members of the research community via our Future of Open Scholarship research as well as focus groups with decision makers conducted specifically for this work that more information was needed to guide these decisions in an accessible, standardized, and coordinated form. We heard that time spent individually conducting due diligence on new tools varied greatly due to external budget pressures, decision making structures, and urgency. This often led to decisions to adopt commercial offerings due to expediency and efficiency to meet the needs of the research community.
COIs is designed as a resource for funders, users, and other interested stakeholders looking to make informed decisions about the open infrastructure services available for research and scholarship.