Why and How to Invest in Open Research Infrastructure?
Research technology and infrastructure are to be open and community-owned, for science to thrive. This is why the non-profit initiative “Invest in Open Infrastructure” is dedicated to improve funding for open technologies supporting research and scholarship. Emmy Tsang, Engagement Lead at “Invest in Open Infrastructure”, points out what makes an infrastructure open and sustainable and how the Berlin University Alliance can be inspired by their efforts to build a sustainable, collaborative research ecosystem.
“VIVO Talks!” with Emmy Tsang will be held on October 13, 2022 from 1-2 pm CEST. The event series is hosted by the “VIVO Research Information Platform” project team at the Berlin University Alliance. Please register to participate (Registration).
About Emmy Tsang
Emmy Tsang is the Engagement Lead at Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI), a non-profit initiative dedicated to improving funding and resourcing for open technologies and systems. She also is a Co-Director at Open Life Science supporting individuals and stakeholders in research to become open science ambassadors.
Emmy Tsang served as Open Science Community and Engagement Manager at the Delft University of Technology. In this role, she was aiming at widening the adoption of open science practices across the university. Among others, she led communication and engagement efforts for the TU Delft Open Science Programme and managed the Open Science Community Delft.
As Innovation Community Manager at eLife, Emmy Tsang helped to build a community of open source practitioners to advance the development of open-source tools and change the ways we consume, discover, share and evaluate research.
About Open Research Infrastructure
There is a demand for research infrastructure to be open and community-owned for research to flourish. Various initiatives across Europe and worldwide have been taken, for example by SPARC Europe, OpenAIRE, SCOSS, and Invest in Open Infrastructure.
IOI aims to provide evidence-based guidance to institutions and funders of open infrastructure, ultimately improving its funding and sustainability in ways aligned with the values of the institution itself – and not commercial interests (learn more about IOI).
In “VIVO Talks!” Emmy Tsang is going to point out what defines “infrastructure” in general and “open infrastructure” in particular in the understanding of IOI. Furthermore, she is going to shed light on what makes a healthy research infrastructure and how stakeholders and various communities can benefit from it. Finally, she is going to suggest how the Berlin University Alliance could further support building a sustainable, collaborative research ecosystem across its partner organizations.
To join this session, please sign in using the Zoom registration page before the event (Registration). Thereafter you will receive individual access information via e-mail. Please take notice that Emmy Tsang’s presentation will be recorded via Zoom and is going to be published after the event (only Emmy Tsang and her presentation will be visible). The discussions after her presentation will not be recorded.
About “VIVO Talks!”
The online event series “VIVO Talks!” is designed to learn and exchange on key topics within the growing community around the “VIVO Research Information Platform”. In short, 60-minute sessions, the events gather professionals from research, libraries, research management, research infrastructure and many more. After hearing an insightful talk on a designated topic – e.g. open research infrastructure – the conversation is opened to all participants. Presentations and/or recordings of all sessions are publicly available after the event (previous sessions).
About VIVO Research Information Platform
Within the framework of the Berlin University Alliance, a platform is created to showcase research information in an interlinked way. Using the open source software VIVO, the developed research infrastructure allows to search and visualize research metadata across disciplines and institutions. In the current project phase until the end of 2023, the project team is collaborating with Clusters of Excellence in the Berlin area to map their interdisciplinary research projects and outputs (among others).
This project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the state of Berlin within the framework of the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder.
Claudia Adam, Community Manager VIVO Platform