The Incubator is designed to deepen the impact of research-based recommendations surrounding the sustainability of open source digital infrastructure.

This program is rooted in CS&S’s work building community and pathways to sustainability for open source projects in the service of the public interest.

Our preparation for this program is informed by an interdisciplinary investigation of digital infrastructure; sustainability, maintenance, innovation, and repair; community management; theories of change; and collective organizing.

This is an incomplete list of things we have read, are reading, and are thinking with:

Read the original call for expressions of interest for the incubator program.

More resources and programming details to come!


The Digital Infrastructure Incubator is managed by Rayya El Zein, PhD. Rayya comes to CS&S after a decade conducting ethnographic research on change within creative communities in the Arabic-speaking Middle East. Her work as an editor has focused on bridging academic research and community practices. She brings a global, interdisciplinary perspective to her work and tweets occasionally from @rayelz.