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Principles for Open Scholarly Infrastructures

"Everything we have gained by opening content and data will be under threat if we allow the enclosure of scholarly infrastructures. We propose a set of principles by which Open Infrastructures to support the research community could be run and sustained." - Geoffrey Bilder, Jennifer Lin, Cameron Neylon

One of the biggest problems with adopting and creating open educational resources (OER)is that there is not a well organized hub for educators and students to go for these materials. Several institutions and companies have begun organizing themselves in a way that would lead to greater accessibility. Companies like OpenStax, and Lumen Learning have amassed large amounts of these OER and are distributing them online and in text.


  • Non-Discriminatory membership
  • Stakeholder Governed
  • Formalized incentives


  • Surplus Generating
  • Revenue based on services, not data
  • Time-limited funds are used only for time-limited activities


  • Open Source
  • Open data (within constraints of privacy law)
  • Patent own operations, but not the infrastructure

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