Infrastructure Working Group

The Working Group on Infrastructure 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 Digitization, and the Working Group on Funding.

Infrastructure Working Group Co-Chairs:

David Magier, Princeton University
Mary Rader, University of Texas at Austin

Members of Infrastructure Working Group:

Karen Farrell, Indiana University
David Faust, University of Minnesota
G. Sundar, Roja Muthiah Research Library


The Working Group provides recommendations to the Executive Board on all matters associated with the supporting framework of the OAi. These include, but are not limited to, administration, staffing, strategic partnerships, standards for digitization and metadata, computing and other technology required for the OAi mission, the initiative’s Web presence, and intellectual property rights associated with resources.


The Working Group contributes to the permanent framework underlying and making possible all OAi activities. 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.