Working together to improve global access to research
GLOBAL LEADERS
400 experts
250+ institutions
BROAD SUPPORT
10-year UN commitment
Diverse sponsor group
WORKGROUP TEAMS
Challenging issues
Balanced representation
MEANINGFUL OUTCOMES
Action recommendations
Sustainable solutions
NEW VOICES
New perspectives
New opportunities

What is OSI?

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. Extensive work and collaboration outside these meetings also occurs.

Why now?

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 approaches, with adverse impacts on global economic development, education, discovery and effective public policy. The time to act together is now.

Goal

The goal of OSI is to build a sustainable, robust framework for direct communication and cooperation among nations, universities, researchers, publishers, libraries, funders, policy makers, scientific societies and other stakeholder groups in order to find common understanding and workable solutions and build the future of scholarly communication together.

Fast Facts

OSI includes 390 high-level participants (as of mid-2017) from 250+ institutions, 18 stakeholder groups, and 24 countries. Funding during 2016-17 has come from 14 different sponsors and totals approximately $303,000 to-date. OSI was launched in late 2014 by the Science Communication Institute, which oversees this effort with guidance from OSI participants (via OSI’s governance rules).

Our Global Community

OSI is a United Nations-backed partnership between research universities, publishers, government agencies, and 15 other key stakeholder groups in scholarly communication from around the world. Over 380 senior leaders from 24 countries and 250 institutions are currently part of this effort. To-date, OSI meetings have been held only in the US. Beginning in 2018, OSI meetings will also be held around the world. 2018 meeting locations currently under consideration include China, Brazil, Senegal and France.

Initiative Partners & Hosts

2018 Summit Host

American University
4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC USA 20016
+1-202-885-1000info@osinitiative.org

2017 Program

OSI2017 runs 2.5 days, April 18-21, 2017, in Washington DC.
Day 1
18 Apr 2017
Day 2
19 Apr 2017
Day 3
20 Apr 2017
Day 4
21 Apr 2017

Opening night reception & registration

This is an optional and unstructured get-together at the One Washington Circle Hotel. A buffet dinner will be provided in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting. Delegates can pick up their registration...
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08:30-10:00

Breakfast

Welcoming ceremony & registration

Join us for the kickoff of OSI2017. During this morning event, keynote speakers will briefly welcome this year’s delegates, and a few administrative announcements will be made before everyone gets...
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10:00-10:15

Coffee break

Workgroup session 1

Delegates will split off into their workgroups from 10:30-noon.
12:00-13:30

Lunch

Workgroup session 2

Delegates will meet for a second time with their designated workgroups
15:00-15:30

Coffee break

Stakeholder session 1

Stakeholder groups have an opportunity in this session to meet and discuss what they can do to help OSI. Elected OSI representatives should come out of these meetings with a...
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17:30

Adjourn

08:30-09:45

Breakfast

Full group meeting & breakfast

This is the first of two full-group meetings. Delegates will report out on workgroup and stakeholder session progress (as warranted) and raise topics for full group consideration. Coffee and breakfast...
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09:45-10:00

Coffee break

Workgroup & stakeholder mix & match sessions

See official program for details
12:15-13:30

Lunch

15:00-15:30

Coffee break

17:30

Adjourn

07:30-10:00

Breakfast

Stakeholder presentations & breakfast

Please join us for the final morning of OSI2017 to hear presentations from stakeholder groups and the OSI2017 representative plenary group. Presentations will start shortly after the start of breakfast...
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10:00-10:20

Coffee break

Full group meeting 2

OSI delegates will discuss takeaways,, debate key issues, field fast pitch presentations (of new ideas), and chart the course for 2017 and beyond. This is a moderated open mic session...
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12:00

Adjourn

12:00-14:00

Lunch

2016-17 Sponsors