Scoping the OA & OS Infrastructure Landscape in Europe to help sustain it

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28 May 2020

Scoping the OA & OS Infrastructure Landscape in Europe to help sustain it

  • By Vanessa Proudman

Dear colleagues,


In recent years, a rich field of Open Access, Open Science/Scholarship resources and infrastructure, many essential, has organically developed in Europe. 
Many of these resources, as you may well know, are not necessarily sustainable - even though they underpin our evolving Open Access and Open Science landscape. 

With your help, though, SPARC Europe is working to change this. We have devised a survey targeting digital OA and OS infrastructure providers with a regional, national or international scope in Europe and we are reaching out to you as either you are the managers of critical infrastructure in Europe or you can send news of this to important OA / OS services and infrastructure in your country.

Filling in the survey is necessary for us to gain a comprehensive understanding of existing resources so that these services have a greater chance of garnering the funding support they may need in future. Based on what we learn, we also plan to showcase some of you as leading open infrastructure champions.


We need your help in getting this 30-minute survey into their hands.


Through this effort, we hope to bring greater visibility and a deeper understanding of the many European-based scholarly communications resources on offer. This information should help funders – governments, funding organisations and agencies, institutions, libraries, service providers and others – conceive effective strategies for financing essential Open infrastructure.


We ask that you take a moment to consider any services that you think should be involved in this survey (with a regional, national or international scope), particularly those resources that we might not know about from your country, and share it with them.


The survey, which is being conducted for Invest in Open Infrastructure, should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. It will remain open until 5 June 2020. Once closed, we will use the following two months to review and compile the results, which will be shared during the late summer/early autumn 2020.


Thank you very much for your support. If you have any questions, please reach out to


Best regards, 

Vanessa Proudman
Director, SPARC Europe