arXiv Update – January 2018

« (…) Based on a series of vision-setting processes that were held during 2016, in 2017 we have embarked on the next-generation arXiv (arXiv-NG) initiative with a cornerstone grant of $450,000 from the Sloan Foundation to improve the service’s core infrastructure. The ongoing Phase I planning activities (December 2016-May 2018) aim to evaluate different scenarios for the overall development and replacement process, settle on a specific one, and initiate technical development work. Based on our evaluation, we have decided to pursue a strategy of incremental and modular renewal of the existing arXiv system (“Classic Renewal”), rather than building an entirely new system and migrating to it. (…) »