[CODATA-international] Fwd: Help ensure vital Open Science/Scholarship infrastructure remains open and free

Simon Hodson, ED CODATA simon at codata.org
Tue Sep 22 02:03:15 EDT 2020

Please see the message below from Ndumo Dhlamini of the Association of African Universities about the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS).

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> Begin forwarded message:
> From: "Nodumo DHLAMINI" <ndhlamini at aau.org>
> Subject: Help ensure vital Open Science/Scholarship infrastructure remains open and free
> Date: 21 September 2020 at 21:22:31 CEST
> To: "simon at codata.org" <simon at codata.org>
> Executive Director
> CODATA, France
> Dear Dr Simon Hodson,
> A few months ago, the Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS), of which the Association of African Universities is a member, launched its second funding cycle which will benefit three vital Open Science infrastructure service providers: the Directory of Open Access Books <https://www.doabooks.org/> (DOAB) and Open Access Publishing in European Networks <http://oapen.org/home> (OAPEN), the Public Knowledge Project <https://pkp.sfu.ca/> (PKP), and  OpenCitations <https://opencitations.net/>. We are reaching out to you, our network, to ask that you join in this global effort to help secure them for the benefit of the global community – including African stakeholders.
> SCOSS was formed in early 2017 with the purpose of providing a new co-ordinated cost-sharing framework for enabling the broader OA and OS community to support the non-commercial services on which it depends. The three services mentioned above definitely meet this description.
> If you aren’t already using them, here’s a very brief description of each (more detailed information is available at SCOSS.org <http://scoss.org/>): 
> The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), a digital directory of peer reviewed Open Access books and Open Access book publishers; and Open Access Publishing in European Networks (OAPEN), a growing repository of freely accessible academic books; 
> The Public Knowledge Project (PKP), a university initiative that creates open source software and services, including Open Journal Systems (OJS), which is used to publish more than 9,000 OA journals worldwide.
> OpenCitations, a scholarly infrastructure service that provides open bibliographic and citation data;
> As in the pilot funding cycle, SCOSS is asking that institutions—academic institutions and their libraries, research institutes, funding organisations, national and regional governments, international organisations, learned societies and service providers—consider helping financially support one or more of these services for a period of three years. 
> The pilot cycle, which helped raise more than 1.5 million euros, proved the viability of this concept of collective funding by the global scholarly community to help secure services which underpin Open Access and Open Science.  
> It’s efforts like this that are crucial to ensuring that services like OpenCitations, DOAB and OAPEN, PKP, the Directory of Open Access Journals and SHERPA Ro/MEO remain free and open to use for us all.
> We will be grateful if you could share this communication within your network. For more details about the services, and more information about how you can help secure them, see https://scoss.org/ <https://scoss.org/>.
> Sincerely,
> Ms Nodumo DHLAMINI
> Board Member - SCOSS

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