Whether on an occasional project basis or within a loose network, we work together with a number of like-minded individuals and institutions to promote what we commonly believe is essential in our profession: open research into documents of the recent past; equal rights to information; broad access to knowledge and cultural heritage; the ethical use of private data; and the use of open formats and standards.
We have teamed up with the International Visegrad Fund, which sponsors fifteen annual OSA Scholarships for PhD students, young scholars, artists and journalists who wish to conduct research into our holdings. And along with the Freedom Broadcasting Foundation (formerly RFE/RL Fund), we have established a fellowship to support remote research into the RFE/RL holdings of the Hoover Institution Archives (Stanford University). We also welcome and host researchers who come to us under other grant schemes - Fulbright, Erasmus or national research grants - for longer periods of time.
For specific archival projects and research, we usually recruit interns from the Central European University, whose diverse background and skills provide fundamental assets to many of our endeavors: processing, cataloging, data entry and normalization, as well as public events. We also promote crowd-sourcing projects to publish and disseminate digital archival material, and actively seek the online participation of contributors to the Parallel Archive.