Infrastructure Working Group

The Infrastructure Working Group is a standing body of the South Asia Open Archives, reporting to the SAOA Executive Board and working in close consultation with the Program Manager, the Digitizaton Working Group, and the Funding Working Group.

Members of Infrastructure Working Group:

David Faust, University of Minnesota (Chair)

Jef Pierce, University of Pennsylvania

Mary Rader, University of Texas at Austin

Laura Ring, University of Chicago

G. Sundar, Roja Muthiah Research Library


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


The Infrastructure Working Group contributes to the permanent framework underlying and making possible all SAOA activities. It participates in shaping the vision of SAOA as the initiative grows and develops over time.


The Infrastructure Working Group is composed of at least three members from SAOA 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 Project Manager participates 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 SAOA 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 SAOA mission.


The Funding 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 SAOA 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.