Knowledge Exchange have concluded work we have undertaken over the past four years to highlight the importance of services and infrastructure to the successful delivery of open access, through the publication of a final project report.
This work has included over 150 individuals from stakeholder organisations across Europe and beyond and outcomes from the activity have been captured in the OA Sustainability Index and the report Putting down roots: Securing the future of open access policies, which provide key reference points for further developments in this area.
With the publication of the Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science, the need for better mechanisms to track and support OA services and infrastructure has been recognised at the highest level within Europe. This is now an international activity that goes beyond the five Knowledge Exchange countries, and is best taken forward by the service providers themselves and the beneficiaries of these services.
For further progress to be made, a better understanding of the likely costs of operating these services and improving their co-ordination is needed. Building on our work, a small-scale pilot is underway to place the SHERPA and DOAJ services on a more sustainable footing. The aim of this work is to develop an international funding model for the two services that can serve as a model suitable for adoption by other OA services.