Funding Working Group

The Working Group on Funding is a standing body of the South Asia Open Archives initiative reporting to the OAi Executive Board and working in close consultation with the OAi Program Coordinator, the Working Group on Infrastructure, and the Working Group on Digitization.

Chair of Funding Working Group:

James Nye, University of Chicago

Members of the Funding Working Group:

Nasir Javaid, Mushfiq Khwaja Library and Research Centre
Adnan Malik, University of California at Berkeley
Mara Thacker, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


The Working Group provides recommendations to the Executive Board on all matters associated with the financial wellbeing of the OAi. These include, but are not limited to, fund raising from external sources, development of cash flow projections, and solicitation of new members.


The Working Group contributes to the financial stability of the OAi. It participates in shaping the vision of OAi as the initiative grows and develops over time.


The Working Group will be composed of at least three members from OAi member institutions appointed by the Executive Board. At least one member will be from the Executive Board and that member will chair the Working Group. The OAi Project Coordinator will usually participate in meetings of the Working Group. The term of service on the Working Group, other than for the chair, will be one year to encourage broad participation over time by OAi member institutions.

Tasks, Timelines, and Deliverables:

Tasks, timelines, and deliverables for the Working Group will typically be recommended by the Executive Board. The Working Group may also propose tasks within its purpose that contribute to the OAi mission.


The Working Group will report to the Executive Board at least quarterly and more often if requested. The Executive Board will be responsible for reporting recommendations by the Working Group to the OAi membership.

Approved by the OAi Executive Board on May 26, 2016

Featured: Kaiser-I-Hind

Founded in 1882 in Bombay, Kaiser-I-Hind was the voice of the fledgling Indian National Congress and the Parsi community in the 19th and 20th centuries and is now available in the World Newspaper Archive’s new South Asian module.