The scholarly communication community needs to call for an open sustainable infrastructure that is community-owned, and reflects our academic values of openess. It must be open and free from any vendor lock-in, from a situation where the academy becomes dependent on a suite of products that will in turn depend from an indispensable infrastructure, often built by the academy in the first place. For this to actually work and offer a viable and sustainable solution, we need to develop an interconnected rich and diverse ecosystem of open infrastructures upon which many flowers can bloom, that is, where a wealth of for- profit and not-for-profit services can be built. But this needs a special coordination effort, considering the diversity of national contexts and the variety of stakeholders concerned. In this context, France is paving the way with its consistent national-level strategy and a strong will to coordinate efforts with others in Europe and globally.
Pierre MOUNIER, Deputy director OpenEdition, EHESS and Vanessa PROUDMAN, President executive committee SCOSS, Director SPARC Europe