SCI invents, launches and manages a variety of projects to help improve science communication. Not all of these end up being sustainable, generating sufficient funding support and participation to move from the drawing board to reality. This isn’t for lack of merit, and some of the projects that didn’t take flight in past years may be revisited in the future. Below are summaries of the main projects SCI has launched over the past few years. Since late 2014, all of SCI’s funding and bandwidth has been supporting the Open Scholarship Initiative, our largest project to-date.
The Open Scholarship Initiative (OSI) is an ambitious, global, multi-stakeholder effort to improve the flow of information within research and between researchers, policymakers, funders and the general public. OSI’s main goals are to improve the openness of research and scholarly outputs, lower the barriers for researchers and scholars everywhere to engage in the global research community, and increase opportunities for all countries and people everywhere to benefit from this engagement. Closely connected to this work, OSI is also focusing on correcting a broad range of scholarly communication deficiencies and inefficiencies—without these corrections, open will not be achievable or sustainable.
There is no other undertaking like this, focusing on improving the entire landscape of scholarly communication everywhere by working together on this vital task across institutions, disciplines, regions and stakeholder groups. The specific problems this group is addressing are (1) a lack of coordination of other reform efforts in the scholarly communication space, (2) the fact that many of the reform efforts is this space are not designed for broad adoption, therefore impeding more rapid progress on open, and (3) a lack of information and understanding about the true dimensions of this issue.
OSI fills the “NOASIR” role for UNESCO—we serve as UNESCO’s Network for Open Access to Scientific Information and Research. What this means is that UNESCO is relying on OSI to support and cultivate the international open environment and connect stakeholders, support research and development in open technologies, policies and practices, defend access to scientific journals to developing countries, and serve as a laboratory for innovation and a catalyst for international cooperation.
OSI’s unique capabilities include:
The goals of OSI are to:
More information about OSI’s history, mission and goals can be found on the OSI website at www.osiglobal.org.OSI website
SCI has invested significant time and effort on a number of other projects since 2011. These are currently inactive and may or may not be reactivated (depending on funding and interest):