Kitchin, Rob and Collins, S. and Frost, D.
Funding models for Open Access Repositories.
Royal Irish Academy.
Across jurisdictions and domains (academia, government, business)
there has been much recent attention paid to open forms
of knowledge production (e.g., open-source software, open
data/metadata, open infrastructures) and the creation of open
digital repositories for the unrestricted sharing of data, publications
and other resources. This report focuses on the latter,
documenting and critically examining 14 different funding
streams, grouped into six classes (institutional, philanthropic,
research, audience, service, volunteer), being pursued by open
digital repositories to support their endeavours, with a particular
focus on academic research data repositories. While open
digital repositories are free to access, they are not without significant
cost to build and maintain, and unstable and cyclical
funding poses considerable risks to their future and the digital
collections they hold. While the political and ethical debate
concerning the merits of open access and open data is important,
we argue that just as salient are concerns with respect to
long-term, sustainable funding for the operation and maintenance
of open access digital repositories.
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