arXiv NG Phase I: Sloan Grant Wrap-up

A couple of months ago we wrapped up our first phase of arXiv-NG development, with generous support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. We’ve written about various parts of that work in more detail in other blog posts, but it is gratifying to be able to step back and take stock of all that we’ve accomplished over the 18 months of the project.

The main purpose of the work funded by the Sloan Foundation was to plan and begin the first phase to transition the arXiv service into a modern, extensible, and flexible architecture, to update our organizational  and governance models, and to identify necessary resources and build a core development team to lead the modernization process. .

Of greatest interest to this audience is probably the progress we’ve made on renewing arXiv’s infrastructure. If you haven’t kept up with our blog, here are the highlights, with plenty of links:

The primary news regarding our business model is that we’ve to fully integrated arXiv-NG and day-to-day arXiv operations, resulting in unified and cohesive planning and management, taken steps to expand our membership, and adjusted the fee structure for members. This development, in conjunction with our “classic renewal” strategy, will ensure a seamless transition from old to new. This approach is essential as we recruit and retain staff who are conversant with the old and new systems, and transitioning from one to the other. We have strategically expanded the core arXiv development team to bring new skills to the arXiv-NG project, while continuing to provide excellent support and maintenance of the production arXiv system. To support continued development, we secured grants from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (now complete) and the Heising-Simons Foundation, and we continue to seek out new sources of funding.

Overall it has been an exciting and productive project, and we’re optimistic about arXiv’s future!