Day/Time: May 16, 2024, 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Title: Dive into Open Infrastructure with IOI’s New Discovery Tool


  • Lauren Collister (she/they), Engagement Coordinator, Infrastructure, Invest in Open Infrastructure
  • Katherine Skinner, Research Lead, Invest in Open Infrastructure

Description: Invest in Open Infrastructure (IOI) has launched a new tool to facilitate discovery, adoption, and investment in open infrastructure. Debuting with 50 infrastructure services in January 2024, IOI’s new tool allows users to search, filter, and compare services that complement their service offerings. In this session, we will describe the creation of this tool and the research behind it, then demonstrate the new tool. A key component of this session will be feedback from participants, centering around the following questions:

  • What use cases can you envision for this tool in your contexts?
  • What information in these entries do you find most helpful, and why?
  • Is there any information that you would like to see but cannot find?
  • What tools or services in the open infrastructure landscape would you suggest for inclusion in this tool?

An optional exercise will be available for participants to explore, putting themselves in the shoes of a librarian who is searching for an open infrastructure tool to support a new multimedia student journal. Using a format inspired by ethnographic research, participants will document their search strategies for navigating the tool and their reactions to its options and interface. Participants’ feedback in the questions/discussion as well as the exercise will be used to evaluate the user experience of the tool and investigate next steps in expanding its inclusion.

Participants should bring their devices (laptops or tablets ideally).