On October 24th SPARC’s Executive Director and Board Member of DuraSpace, Heather Joseph, presented a DuraSpace members-only webinar, “Securing Community-Controlled Infrastructure: SPARC’s plan of action.”

In a recently published article, “Securing community-controlled infrastructure,” Heather Joseph, SPARC Executive Director, begins to address a common concern that was raised by the Open community in late 2017: “Everything we have gained by opening content and data will be under threat if we allow the enclosure of scholarly infrastructures.” In this webinar, Heather shared SPARC’s efforts on their community-controlled infrastructure project that further explores this question.  Heather highlighted what lead to SPARC conducting a market analysis, which included both a financial analysis and an analysis of strategies of some of the key commercial  players in the infrastructure arena, and the implications of those strategies for our community.  DuraSpace members were the first to hear about the findings of this work and learn what the next steps are.

The recordings and presentation slides of both webinars are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/.

This was the third webinar in our members-only Hot Topics webinar series, “The Revolution Will Be Open?” curated by David Lewis, Indiana University Purdue University Indiana, Dean Emeritus of the University Library and Michael Roy, Middlebury College, Dean of the Library. The recordings and presentation slides of the first two webinars in this series, “The 2.5% Commitment: Investing in Open” and “Beyond North America: Widening Access and Participation,” are available at https://duraspace.org/webinar/.

Our final webinar in this series, “How For-Profit Companies Can Be a Part of the Open Environment,” will be presented on December 5, 2018.  DuraSpace members will be invited to attend the webinar and participate live with the presenters.

Members of DuraSpace are among leaders of institutions from all over the world who share a belief that our digital scientific and cultural heritage should be preserved and made accessible for future generations. Members of DuraSpace have been invited to become part of a conversation that aims to begin an investigation into what it will take to sustain the emerging set of open technologies that underpin the open scholarly ecosystem we all depend on.

Our members are actively engaged in determining how to move forward towards a more open scholarly ecosystem. Attending Hot Topics webinars is one benefit that we offer our members to aid in collaborative consideration of common issues and potential solutions as an exclusive benefit of being a DuraSpace member.  Become a DuraSpace member today!