Center for Open Science and Internet Archive Announce Collaboration to Preserve Open Data

Sep. 18, 2019

Charlottesville, VA

The Center for Open Science is pleased to announce a collaboration with Internet Archive (IA) to maintain an infrastructure that preserves open data and research of archival value to libraries. The endeavor is made possible through the 2019 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

IA and COS will work together to ensure that open data related to the scientific research process is archived for perpetual access, redistribution, and reuse. The project aims to leverage the intersection between open research data, the long-term stewardship activities of libraries, and collaborative, distributed data sharing and preservation networks. By focusing on these three areas of work, the project will prototype and implement infrastructure for improved data sharing in further support of open science and data curation.

“We are excited to work together with COS to ensure open science data is archived and perpetually available for reuse,” said Jefferson Bailey, IA’s Director of Web Archiving and Data Services. “Creating interoperability between COS’s essential OSF platform for research collaboration and IA’s infrastructure for archiving and access will have benefits not just to users of our services, but also to our shared network of partner universities, libraries, data curators, and open repositories. We are extremely grateful to IMLS for supporting this work."

“We are appreciative to IMLS for this opportunity to collaborate with Internet Archive to implement preservation infrastructure and train networks of stakeholders and partners on open science artifact stewardship,” said Nici Pfeiffer, COS’s Director of Product.

The project is scaled to support the compatibility of repositories, digital archives, and preservation networks and will foster a unified, expedient, and sustainable exchange of knowledge sharing.

About the Center for Open Science
The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit technology and culture change organization founded in 2013 with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS pursues this mission by building communities around open science practices, supporting metascience research, and developing and maintaining free, open source software tools. The OSF is a web application that provides a solution for the challenges facing researchers who want to pursue open science practices, including: a streamlined ability to manage their work; collaborate with others; discover and be discovered; preregister their studies; and make their code, materials, and data openly accessible. Learn more at and

About the Internet Archive
The Internet Archive (IA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit digital library founded by Brewster Kahle in 1996 with the mission to provide “universal access to all knowledge.” The Internet Archive seeks to preserve the world’s cultural heritage and to provide open access to our shared knowledge in the digital era, supporting the work of historians, scholars, journalists, students, and the general public via The Internet Archive’s digital collections include more than 45 petabytes of data: 330 billion web pages accessible via the Wayback Machine, 2.8 million films and videos, 4.5 million recordings, 20 million texts, 200,000 software titles, and 1.6 million television news programs. The Internet Archive actively works with national libraries, universities, governments, research institutions, and open knowledge organizations across the world through partnerships and services such as Archive-It and books digitization, with a collaborative focus on advancing web preservation, digital stewardship, advocacy, and open-source technology development -- all in service to championing the public benefit of online access to our cultural heritage and the import of adopting open standards for its preservation, discovery and presentation.

Contact for the Center for Open Science
Inquiries: Nici Pfeiffer 
Twitter: @osframework

Contact for the Internet Archive
Inquiries: Jefferson Bailey 
Twitter: @internetarchive

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