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Ready, steady, pledge! SCOSS launches its third pledging round

SCOSS is thrilled to announce the launch of its third pledging cycle. Each of the chosen projects is already an established and well-known infrastructure with high usage and making an important contribution to open scholarship. They all need the community support to  foster continued innovation, increased resilience and financial sustainability.” said Martin Borchert, Chair of the SCOSS Board.

The time has come! We are proud to announce the 3rd SCOSS pledging round with new Open Science infrastructure services coming on board and needing your help in ensuring a sustainable future for them. After careful evaluation, SCOSS has selected three organizations to support in this third funding cycle. 

1. arXiv
arXiv is a curated open platform where researchers around the world can share and discover new, relevant, emerging science and establish their contribution to advancing research. As a pioneer in digital open access with a 30-year history, and as the original preprint server, now hosts more than 1.9 million scholarly articles in eight subject areas, curated by our strong community of volunteer moderators who balance content quality and distribution speed. arXiv offers solutions for a broad range of services: article submission, compilation, production, retrieval, search and discovery, web distribution for human readers, and API distribution for machines, together with content curation and preservation. arXiv’s emphasis on openness, collaboration, and scholarship provide the strong foundation on which arXiv thrives.

2. Redalyc/AmeliCA
Redalyc, based in Mexico and supported by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), was established in 2003 as an Open Access journal index and article-hosting platform for scholarly Open Access journals published in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal.  Redalyc includes journal quality assessment processes, full-text article hosting, automatic editorial workflow technology, metrics and author-level services. In 2018, Redalyc sought to expand its international scope. Currently, the infrastructure provides services to more than 1,400 Open Access peer-reviewed journals published by 670 institutions from 31 countries, including journals from Asia, Africa, and Europe. It provides access to more than 700,000 full-text articles in several different languages authored by 1.8 million authors from 150 countries.
AmeliCA is a multi-institutional community-driven initiative supported by UNESCO and led by Redalyc and CLACSO.  It fosters collaboration among different stakeholders, such as universities, journal editors, libraries, and the research community. AmeliCA’s driving force is its approach of science as a global public good to achieve more equitable and sustainable non-commercial scholarly communications through the respect of bibliodiversity and multilingualism that enables the academic community to lead, control, and own the lifecycle of knowledge production and communication.

3. DSpace 
DSpace is one of the most widely adopted open-source repository software in the world for managing research and scholarly materials across all disciplines, and cultural heritage materials of all types, with a focus on open access, preservation, and storage.
DSpace’s mission is to provide superior open-source software by harnessing the skills of an active developer community, the energy and insights of engaged and active users, and the financial support of program members and registered service providers. DSpace is free to download, easy to install, and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization. DSpace is used by more than 3,000 academic libraries, research centres, governments, national libraries, not-for-profit, and commercial organizations.
We hope that you will consider contributing to one, two, or all three of these carefully chosen Open Science Infrastructures. Let’s work together to build a healthy Open Science ecosystem!

Watch Two-Minute Pitches to learn more about each organization:

Read more about how to pledge here

Watch them fly! DOAB and OAPEN reach their SCOSS campaign funding target

Starting our SCOSS journey early in 2020, we are thrilled to have reached our SCOSS target by now and wish to thank all contributing institutions for their support of our services.”

These are the words of Niels Stern, Director of OAPEN and Co-director of DOAB, commenting on two infrastructures reaching their SCOSS funding target of 505,000 EUR in just 18 months despite the COVID-19 challenge. Following in the footsteps of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in 2020, DOAB/OAPEN are now the second SCOSS endorsed Open Science Infrastructure that has successfully reached its target. To this day, SCOSS has managed to help raise over 3.3 million euros to sustain Open Science Infrastructure. 
This milestone exemplifies the staunch will and commitment of a growing number of institutions worldwide to create a viable pathway for Open Science Infrastructure to remain non-profit, community-driven, and truly open.

Investing in considerable community engagement activities was a strategic decision right from the outset of DOAB and OAPEN’s relationship with SCOSS; this was commendable.’’ said Vanessa Proudman, Director of SPARC Europe, and SCOSS Executive Group Chair.’’The focus on building partnerships with its users and funders and great strengths in communication have been critical for DOAB and OAPEN’s success in solidifying their path to sustainability and to maintain their status as a strong and highly used Open Science infrastructures.

While DOAB and OAPEN can now proudly call themselves SCOSS campaign successful graduates, reaching this milestone is just a first step on a long journey of building meaningful, long-lasting relationships with their supporting institutions.
On behalf of SCOSS, DOAB and OAPEN we want to thank all institutions who pledged. 

Watch Niels Stern talk about DOAB and OAPEN path ahead towards sustainability here

What you told us - responses to our consultation on SCOSS's future

Four years into its existence, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), with three pledging rounds under its belt and over 3.3 million euros raised for the Open Science Infrastructures, is working on its strategy for the coming three years. As step one in this journey, SCOSS conducted a consultation to understand awareness and perceptions of the sustainability of the Open Science Infrastructure in the sector and the role SCOSS plays in providing support.

As part of this consultation, SCOSS undertook a survey which attracted over 200 responses. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who took the time to respond to the survey, and are delighted to share some of the results with you! The responses we collected will inform our strategy for the coming years. More on the strategy in the next newsletter. Stay tuned!

Read more on the SCOSS consultation results here
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