Open Digital Infrastructure

Open Digital Infrastructure represents the set of open-source code, standards and knowledge assets that digital building blocks like software libraries, compilers, communication or network protocols are composed of.

They are created by individuals, volunteer communities, in research institutions and SMEs or other corporate environments. Together, they form a foundation of free and public code that is designed to solve common challenges – firstly, in programming, but when applied, also to provide a multitude of core functions for society.

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Digital Infrastructure Insights Fund

Open Calls &
Research Commissions


The D//F (Digital Infrastructure Insights Fund) is a multi-funder initiative by Ford Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Omidyar Network, Schmidt Futures and Open Collective sustaining a platform for researchers and practitioners to better understand how open digital Infrastructure is built and deployed.

We’re creating a body of research and implementation insights that advance our goal to ensure a public commons of technology, sustainably developed and maintained, for the benefit of everyone.

Press Release

Following a highly successful Request for Proposals (RFP) call, the D//F funders platform is pleased to announce today the selection of 10 projects with a press release. Investigating various aspects of maintaining open digital infrastructure (better) in their research, the grantees will commence their project activities from early 2024, with project durations from 6-18 months.

Recent Projects

All prior research findings and descriptions of former grantee projects can be found here.