Funding Models for Open Access Repositories

TitleFunding Models for Open Access Repositories
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsKitchin, R., Collins S., & Frost D.
Date Published2015///
InstitutionMaynooth University, the Royal Irish Academy and Trinity College Dublin
CityMaynooth, Dublin
Keywordssg_data_funding, sg_data_repositories

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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Investigated how open access repositories are funded
Examined 14 different funding models, grouped into six classes (institutional, philanthropy, research, audience, service, volunteer), that might be used to provide revenue streams to support open access repositories