For the 10th anniversary of International Open Access Week, the event organizers have challenged all of us open access cheerleaders to complete this sentence: “Open in order to….”

No problem! How much time do you have?

I know… Extra time doesn’t exist anymore. And that’s why we are going to fill in the blank with pictures (and a modicum of words) so you get why IssueLabone of the largest repositories for social sector research is open, at aglance .

IssueLab is open in order to enable free access to the full text of the social sector research we collect and preserve. We make it easy for anyone to discover insights and analysis about the social world we share and ideas and strategies about how to make it better! Add your knowledge now!


We’ll walk you through each step of why we’re open.

IssueLab is open in order to mainstream and showcase the social sector’s evidence base. One way we do this is with our topical special collectionswhere knowledge seekers can deep-dive into an issue and discover interdependencies across issues.


We never tire of featuring knowledge or making it more relevant.

IssueLab is open in order to make it simple for social sector organizations to create their own open access institutional repositories through our Knowledge Center Service. Use it to quickly create and share an e-library drawing on IssueLab’s collection, your own collection, or a combination of the two.


Promoting the work of nonprofits and making it easy to find is our speciality.

IssueLab is open in order to freely share the metadata we hold through our data provider services. Grab our openly licensed data and share it with your audience wherever it is!


Nonprofit research becomes searchable and browseable on IssueLab.

IssueLab is open in order to support the many practitioners and funders who use other Foundation Center services such as Foundation Center’s grant-seeker tools, mapping tools, and issue landscapes. Just one more way that our open access status lets us bring IssueLab’s content to knowledge seekers where they live.


Foundation Center platforms create even more visibility for our publishers.

So now you know! IssueLab is open — and helps the social sector open up — because without open access, none of this knowledge sharing is possible. To learn more about strategies you can employ to become an open knowledge organization, check out our Open Knowledge tools.

This post was written by IssueLab. IssueLab believes that social sector knowledge is a public good that is meant to be freely accessible to all. We collect and share the sector’s knowledge assets and we support the social sector’s adoption of open knowledge practicesVisit our collection of ~23,000 open access resources. While you’re there, add your knowledge — it takes minutes and costs nothing. Find out what we’re open in order to do here. IssueLab is a service of Foundation Center.

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