OpenAIRE, LIBER, SPARC Europe and COAR Launch Joint Strategy to Strengthen the European Repository Network – COAR

“Open science is ushering in a new paradigm for research; one in which all  researchers have unprecedented access to the full corpus of research for analysis, text and data mining, and other novel research methods. A prerequisite for achieving this vision is a strong and well-functioning network of repositories that provides human and machine access to the wide range of valuable research outputs. Repositories also support much needed bibliodiversity in the system as they collect a diverse range of content types, domains and languages, and are fundamental for achieving Europe’s desired changes to research evaluation, whereby “assessment of research, researchers and research organisations recognises the diverse outputs, practices and activities that maximise the quality and impact of research”.

Currently, Europe has one of the most well-developed networks globally with hundreds of repositories hosted by universities, research centres, government departments, and not-for-profit organisations. However, there are significant variations across the European repository landscape with differing levels of support and funding; and, while some countries have strong national coordination, others do not. In a practical sense, this means that some repositories have access to the resources they need to provide a well-functioning service, while others find it a challenge to maintain up-to-date software platforms and suitable staffing levels….

To that end, today OpenAIRE, LIBER, SPARC Europe, and COAR are launching a joint strategy aimed at strengthening the European repository network. Through this strategy we are committed to working together – and with other relevant organisations – to develop and execute an action plan that will reinforce and enhance repositories in Europe. As a first step, we will undertake a survey that will enable us to have a better understanding of the current repository landscape and identify priority areas of action. The survey will be available in February 2023.”

Ten Recommended Practices for Managing Preprints in Generalist and Institutional Repositories – COAR

“It is clear that institutional and generalist repositories have an important role to play in supporting preprint sharing worldwide.

To address these gaps, a COAR-ASAPbio Working Group on Preprint in Repositories identified ten recommended practices for managing preprints across three areas: linking, discovery, and editorial processes. While we acknowledge that many of these practices are not currently in use by institutional and generalist repositories, we hope that these recommendations will encourage repositories around the world that collect preprints to begin to apply them locally….”

Call for proposals – Open Repositories 2023

Repositories unlocked for discovery and interoperability

The web was designed as an information space with the goal that it should be useful not only for human-human communication, but also to allow communication facilitated by machines. The OR2023 conference will focus on the practices of the international repositories community to develop and implement the standards, frameworks, architectures, and methodologies for open repositories to serve as knowledge representation databases for the structured web of data.

Invitation to participate
OR2023 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories enable discoverability and interoperability of information and data within the structured web of data. How can we better utilize repositories for machine interoperability? How can we develop the capacity of institutions to implement sustainable open repositories to improve data equity worldwide?…”

COAR Annual Meeting 2023: Costa Rica on May 16-18 | Confederation of Open Access Repositories

“COAR is pleased to announce that the COAR Annual Meeting 2023 will take place in Costa Rica on May 16-18, 2023. The meeting will be hosted by Consejo Nacional de Rectores (CONARE) and is being jointly organized by CONARE, COAR, and LA Referencia.   The theme of the meeting is Sustainability and Innovation in Scholarly Communications. This location is the perfect backdrop for such a meeting as Costa Rica is a leader in environmental sustainability, with 99 percent of its energy from renewable sources. Moreover, Latin America has been a beacon for both sustainability and innovation in our field, with a long history of publicly-funded publishing infrastructure and collective approaches to scholarly communications….”

Directory of Open Access Preprint Repositories: Home

“It is becoming an increasingly common practice for researchers to share their preprints because it allows them to disseminate their research results quickly and openly with the rest of the world. As a result, there is a growing number of preprint-specific and generalist repositories that support the sharing of preprints.

This directory provides a list of preprint repositories that are available to the research community. It helps researchers find the most appropriate platform for them, enabling them to browse through existing repositories by discipline, location, language, functionalities, and other facets.

The directory is jointly managed by Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe (CCSD) and Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR). The data in this directory was originally compiled through the GPPdP (Groupe Projet Plateformes de Prepublications) project, with financial support from the French Ministry of Research’s Open Science Committee (CoSO)….”

COAR Releases Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories, Version 2 | Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)

COAR is pleased to announce the release of the COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories, Version 2

The aim of the Framework is to provide a global, multidimensional framework for good practices in repositories that can be applied to different types of repositories (publication, institutional, data, etc.) and across geographical and thematic contexts.



eScholarship pilots new technologies – Office of Scholarly Communication

“The University of California’s open access publishing program and institutional repository, eScholarship, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. As part of this celebration of the many ways eScholarship has enabled UC affiliated scholars and editors to openly share their research and publications with the world over the past two decades, we’ve taken some time to examine the nuts and bolts of our services, which have grown organically as we’ve expanded and adapted to support the changing needs of the scholarly community and the reading public.  Looking under the hood, we find that, while eScholarship is still a powerful and flexible platform, the underlying technology is somewhat outdated, with many bespoke core components.  

Looking ahead, the eScholarship team is eager to address this issue of aging and idiosyncratic technology by engaging more fully with leading open source, community-based solutions–both as a consumer of and contributor to these efforts. This desire has motivated our participation in an exciting new initiative, the Next Generation Library Publishing Project (NGLP), funded by Arcadia and focused on building interoperable tools to connect widely adopted, open source platforms and services.  With library publishers specifically in mind, NGLP has created discovery, access, administrative, and analytics/reporting layers designed to work with powerful applications like the journal publishing platforms Janeway and OJS, and the repository platform DSpace–providing combined publishing and institutional repository solutions. The project is currently piloting this modular technology approach to gather feedback from stakeholders….

Challenges for OA Repositories in Academic and Research Institutions

“We are well into two decades of developing institutional repositories.

While the means of digital preservation and dissemination of research outputs have come a long way, the present age of information revolution and ever increasing demand for exact and consolidated information calls for replacement of traditional methods and technologies.

The aim of this webinar is to discuss the breadth of challenges and limitations academic and research institutions face in contributing to and managing Institutional OA Repositories AND share institutional methods and technological adaptations to promote IR development across: data and metadata, user needs, administrative challenges and technological provisions.

Key Takeaways
– Scholarly communications and the IR movement; current developments of IRs in the wake of the shift towards Open Access.
– What are the still prevalent barriers related to increased data and research outputs management?
– What are some emerging trends and new technologies coming into play?
– Sustainability and viability for institutional open access repositories
– How do publishers interact with the Open Access Repositories?”

COAR Welcomes Significant Funding for the Notify Project

We are delighted to announce that COAR has been awarded a US$4 million grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. The 4 year grant will go towards the COAR Notify Project, which is developing and implementing a standard protocol for connecting the content in the distributed repository network with peer reviews and assessments in external services, using linked data notifications.

Draft Strategic Vision for U.S. Repositories Open for Community Consultation | comments by May 13, 2022

“COAR and SPARC are seeking comment from the repository community on a draft strategic vision for U.S. repositories. The strategic vision is intended to be aspirational yet achievable over time through active community collaboration within the U.S. Repository Network. This Network is envisioned as inclusive of all U.S. repositories rather than as a membership-based organization. The process for reaching this draft vision is outlined in the U.S Repository Network Initiative Progress Report. This public comment phase is the final step before finalizing the strategic vision. Please contribute your comments by May 13, 2022….

In addition to welcoming written comments, two live consultation sessions will also be offered via Zoom. Join these sessions to discuss the draft Strategic Vision live with other community members. Click the links below to register:

Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 2:00-3:00pm Eastern

Friday, May 6, 2022, 10:00-11:00am Eastern…”

US Repository Network Progress Report (public) – Google Docs

“The U.S. Repository Network initiative is a partnership between the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) aiming to catalyze a new U.S. network. As part of its Modernizing the Global Repository Network initiative, COAR has partnered with SPARC to hire a Visiting Program Officer for U.S. Repository Network (VPO) to assist in breaking down institutional silos and developing a more cohesive approach and greater collaboration around repositories in the U.S. This Network is envisioned as inclusive of all U.S. repositories rather than as a membership-based organization.


To date, the focus has been convening a high-level expert group of both Library Deans/Directors and IR managers from academic institutions committed to empowering the role of repositories to develop a strategic vision for repositories in the United States. The expert group includes sixty-three individuals from academic institutions of various sizes and geographic location and several consortial leaders. The expert group was first surveyed to gather their thoughts on the vision for repositories and the priority activities of a U.S. repository network. Then the expert group met in smaller groups of 10-12 people and were led through a series of activities to share and further probe the survey results. The results of the survey and small group ideation sessions are shared in this progress report….”


COAPI Community Call: Catalyzing a US Repository Network – YouTube

“Tina Baich, the SPARC VPO for the US Repository Network and Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Content Strategies at IUPUI University Library, will report on the US Repository Network Project, work supported by SPARC and COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories).

January 2021 COAPI Community Call: Catalyzing a US Repository Network The US Repository Network project is a partnership between the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) led by Visiting Program Officer Tina Baich. An outgrowth of COAR’s work in the repository space, the project seeks to assist in breaking down institutional silos and developing a more cohesive approach and greater collaboration around repositories in the US. The first step was to convene an expert group of both Library Deans/Directors and IR managers from academic institutions to develop a strategic vision for repositories in the United States. The next step is to solicit broader input from the library/repository community to refine and finalize that vision. During this community call, Tina will join us to share the results of the convening and to hear from the COAPI community.”

Scientific knowledge must be protected to ensure a Europe fit for the digital age

“CESAER, COAR and LIBER welcome the strong focus of the European Commission towards a A Europe fit for the digital age as part of its priorities from 2019 to 2024. We are convinced that the importance of research and education needs a strong focus within these initiatives and call upon the EU institutions to (i) acknowledge the unique position of universities and other research performing organisations in the provision of digital services and infrastructure directed towards the common good and (ii) provide for an overarching legal framework excluding university and research related repositories and corresponding infrastructures from market-oriented EU legislation, in order to prevent any unintended collateral damage from current and future EU legislation aimed at commercial players….

While we understand that the aim of these initiatives is to modernise legislation in a digital age for the good of society, we are concerned that certain aspects of them will negatively impact the research and education sectors, as they conflict with key notions of scientific collaboration, open science, and knowledge-based societies….

It is important to ensure that the knowledge sector does not suffer unintended consequences and collateral damage in current and future market-oriented EU legislation. On the contrary, research and education sectors must be empowered to assume responsibilities in creating a Europe fit for the digital age built on scientific knowledge and learning.”