Funding: Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) Receives $1M Grant From the Mellon Foundation to Scale Catalog of Open Infrastructure Services (COIS)
From an IOI Blog Post:
Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has received a $1M grant from the Mellon Foundation to build out COIs and test critical models to sustain open infrastructure and is now hiring.
COIs is designed as a resource for funders, users, and other interested stakeholders looking to make informed decisions about the open infrastructure services for research and scholarship.
With this grant, we will be able to further develop the utility, usability, and value of COIs into a fully functional web application with key features, functions, and information to serve as a central source of information on open infrastructure offerings and the organizations behind them.
In addition, the grant will support our exploration of strategies to engage for-profit and non-profit companies serving the scholarly communications and research sector in reinvesting revenue derived from open knowledge and open research activities back into the underlying open infrastructure and services that underpin knowledge production.
“The Mellon Foundation’s support for IOI underscores the importance of understanding the costs and investment needs of open, community-owned infrastructure and services in advancing scholarship and research,” said Patricia Hswe, Program Officer for Public Knowledge at the Mellon Foundation. “We are excited to see IOI build on its success and further improve the resourcing, viability, and sustainability for open technologies that underpin research and scholarship.”
“IOI is thrilled to receive this grant from the Mellon Foundation, which will help us expand on our aims to explore and test new strategies to accelerate investment in and adoption of open infrastructure,” said Kaitlin Thaney, Executive Director of IOI. “This work is not only crucial to our goal to provide strategic guidance to funders, institutional leaders, and others looking to invest in open infrastructure but also to strengthen our ability to further the infrastructure necessary for open knowledge to flourish for all.”
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