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Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI) Version 1.1: Reflections from Adopters

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The article, entitled "Principles of Open Scholarly Infrastructure (POSI) Version 1.1: Reflections from Adopters" authored by Ginny Hendricks was published recently on Upstream, the open science blogging platform. The article analyses key insights and provides critical answers around the use of (POSI) Version 1.1 by adopters. 

In recent years, advocates of POSI principles have consistently convened to discuss challenges encountered and positive changes implemented in their operations and decision-making. Valuable insights from individuals who played a pivotal role in introducing the latest version, v1.1. were gathered and discussed.

In the following interview,  the OpenAIRE team (CEO Natalia Manola, CTO Paolo Manghi, Operations Director Thanasis Vergoulis) emphasizes the significance of POSI principles and explains the importance and positive effects of signing up for POSI. The primary goal of this interactive discussion was to explore and inform on how POSI influences decision-making practices and the development aspects of an open infrastructure.


1) What have been the positive outcomes for you in adopting POSI?

We have gained a deeper understanding of the non-technical aspects of open infrastructure, including how to conceptualise its components and their interconnections, and how to communicate with our member organisations to convey the benefits of openness while also emphasising the necessity of a quality seal that is intuitive, immediately visible and globally comprehensible, signifying our identity and the work we do for the community.

2) Can you reflect on that now and share a few words and say whether these still stand, if they've been resolved, or if new challenges have emerged?

Since its inception, OpenAIRE has been a community-driven endeavour, fortunate to have the support of EC funding for its operations. As we have become a member organisation, we have faced challenges related to maintaining transparency and implementing a membership programme that aligns with the principles of Open Science. Adopting the POSI has ultimately not presented any significant challenges; rather, it has accelerated the formal and full adherence to some of the principles. Thus, all in all, a very favourable effect.

3) What advice would you give to any other organisations considering adopting POSI?

Engaging in this exercise is quite valuable as it promotes transparency within the organisation, enhances understanding of commitments, roles and responsibilities, and shapes future actions. Furthermore, the community governance of POSI allows organisations to actively participate in its enhancement and fine-tuning.

4) What's next for your organisation/initiative, with regard to POSI?

Open Scholarly Communication and consequently OpenAIRE are currently facing a critical juncture, with numerous opportunities for the development of new infrastructure and services on the horizon. Maintaining relevance to the Open Science cause is at the core of our work, and any progress will only be pursued with a focus on POSI. The next actions we will take involve: determining the commitments and responsibilities of our members, establishing and reinforcing internal policies that comply with POSI, and creating multiple revenue streams to guarantee continuous funding

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