DataCite is a vibrant community dedicated to making research more discoverable, collaborative, and connected globally. As part of our mission, we continue to enable organizations and researchers to effortlessly link their outputs and resources into the global research landscape by registering DOIs and metadata. Today, we are excited to share an opportunity that can truly make a difference.
Contribute to the Global Access Fund!
This year, we launched our Global Access Fund (GAF), as part of our Global Access Program (GAP). The GAF aims to make research outputs more discoverable by addressing financial barriers that may prevent underrepresented communities from accessing Persistent Identifier (PID) infrastructure. The first round of the GAF was really well received by the community, with 185 applications from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Now, we’re thrilled to take the next step and invite you to participate in this journey with us. By contributing to the Global Access Fund, you can directly support researchers and institutions in regions where Persistent Identifier adoption is low and more underlying technical infrastructure is needed to realize the benefits.
How your support will be used
Your financial contribution will become part of the Global Access Fund. The initiative was conceptualized by the DataCite Board, Member Model Advisory Group, and staff. Non-profit organizations based in Africa, Asia, Latin-America, or the Middle East can apply to receive funding for projects that enhance their access to our services. The fund supports projects in the following areas:
- Outreach and engagement activities to support increasing awareness and adoption of PIDs in the regions, such as capacity building, events, and content creation.
- Open Infrastructure development and integration to enable and increase the adoption of DataCite infrastructure and related services, such as repository and platform installation, and API integrations.
The GAF committee, consisting of staff and DataCite member representatives, reviews proposals and selects those eligible for external review. Two external reviewers from different regions review proposals based on predefined evaluation criteria. Based on their reviews, the GAF committee decides which proposals will be advanced to the DataCite Board for funding.
The impact of your support
By supporting the Global Access Fund, you are not just providing financial support; you are planting the seeds for a more connected research ecosystem that can make scholarship in underrepresented regions more visible and recognized, and increase research transparency and trust globally.
How to contribute
Both individuals and organizations can support the Global Access Fund by completing this form. Every donation will bring us one step closer to connecting research and advancing knowledge globally.
These are our support tiers:
If you wish to contribute at a higher tier than those listed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will facilitate the process.
Our call for support is open from now through April 15, 2024. All supporting organizations and individuals will be recognized on our website. DataCite is able to provide an invoice and a donation receipt if needed. Should you have any specific questions please contact us at email@example.com.
Join us to build a more open and collaborative future
Together, as a global community, we can foster a more inclusive research landscape. DataCite embraces the principles of Open Science, where the walls surrounding research are torn down, where scholarship is accessible to everyone and all contributions to research are equally recognized. As a community that values openness, transparency, and the democratization of research, we invite you to join us in this exciting journey. Together, we can change the world—one DOI at a time.
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