OSI is a global collaborative effort between all major stakeholders in scholarly publishing to improve the future of how research information gets published, shared and accessed. The foundation of this effort is a 10-year series of annual meetings where high-level stakeholder representatives work together to solve important issues. Collaboration outside these meetings will also occur.
How do we best manage the explosive growth of knowledge in society today? In scholarly research, our stakeholder community’s approaches to this challenge have not been unified, and the result has been a persistence (and even widening) of access gaps and issues, with adverse impacts on global economic development, education, discovery and effective public policy. The time to act together is now.
Help sponsor this effort, volunteer to help research important questions, use your influence to convince key stakeholders to participate, and help evangelize the work being done by this group. See the “About OSI” section for more details. Scholarly publishing is a well-established, global system and it will take a global, unified, well-reasoned effort to bring about needed reforms.
OSI is a United Nations-backed partnership between research universities, publishers, government agencies, and 17 other key stakeholder groups in scholarly communication from around the world. Over 350 senior leaders from 23 countries and 250 institutions are currently part of this effort. While we look forward to engaging with the new US administration on improving research and research communication, OSI supports the concerns expressed by many of our partners and colleagues regarding the administration’s new travel and immigration policies. Over the coming months OSI planners will be considering measures to ensure our work is not compromised by these policies, including but not limited to possibly moving future OSI meetings to non-US locations.