“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:
“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….”
“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.”
The Centre pour la Communication Scientifique Directe (CCSD) of France and the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) are pleased to announce their formal collaboration to launch a directory of open access preprint repositories.
“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.”
“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.”
“On November 23, 2021, the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science was formally adopted, representing a significant achievement in our collective progress towards open science. The endorsement of the Recommendation by member states demonstrates strong support for the notion that widespread scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing are critical to addressing our most pressing issues and to advancing new discoveries.
The Recommendation,, which was developed with widespread community input and has been scrutinized carefully by an intergovernmental meeting of experts, provides a framework for the national adoption of open science practices and policies and aims to ensure that open science is implemented in a manner that “leaves no one behind”. It offers a framework that is flexible enough to allow national / regional variation in how it is implemented, also clearly establishes that “open” must become the default; governance must rest in the hands of the research community; and equity, inclusion and bibliodiversity are fundamental underlying principles.
As noted by Megha Sud, Science Officer and project lead for Open Science of the International Science Council in reference to these Recommendations, “the real work begins now”. Designing an effective system that fosters diversity of research domains, actors, languages and countries and also supports research at the global level will be extremely challenging. It means achieving a careful balance between unity and diversity; international and local; and careful coordination across different stakeholder communities and regions in order to avoid a fragmented ecosystem. On the other hand, we also have an unprecedented opportunity to greatly improve how research communications is done….”
“In the past, institutional and generalist repositories have not played a significant role in hosting these objects. However, as the sharing of preprints becomes more widely embraced, these types of repositories are obvious mechanisms to expand the preprint ecosystem internationally, without having to launch many new preprint services.
In August/September 2021, ASAPbio and COAR conducted a survey of institutional and generalist repositories to gauge their current activities and future plans related to the collection of preprints. We received 118 responses, with over 65% of respondents indicating that they already have preprints in their collection. In addition, of those respondents that do not currently collect preprints, over 65% indicated that they plan to do so in the future. According to the survey, practices are quite varied in terms of the services related to preprints provided by these repositories. Most support linking to the published journal version of the article, and about half of them assign DOIs (though it is common practice for most repositories to assign permanent URL, such as a handle). However, other services common in domain preprint archives, such as support for versioning, linking to external peer review services, and basic screening, are less common. A more detailed report of the survey findings will be available soon.
COAR and ASAPbio recognize that it is important these repositories are able to respond to the needs of the research community when collecting preprints. To that end, we will be launching a working group with the aim of understanding current challenges, developing some good practice recommendations, and creating a plan to advance the adoption of the functionalities that support the collection of preprints in institutional and generalist repositories.”
“COAR and SPARC have a shared vision of creating a global, open knowledge sharing system that centers diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we believe repositories play a central role in achieving this vision.
To that end, we are delighted to announce that Tina Baich will be taking on the position as Visiting Program Officer for US Repository Network beginning on September 1, 2021. Tina is Senior Associate Dean for Scholarly Communication & Content Strategies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis and is responsible for the leadership, strategic vision, and overall management of the library’s scholarly communication and collection/content activities and initiatives. Tina will spend about a quarter of her time in the newly established role….
A strong vision for repositories in the US, along with collective actions that ensure their quality, sustainability and interoperability, will greatly benefit the scholarly community, and will contribute to the development of a global knowledge sharing system that is both open by default and equitable by design. With the introduction of significant new functionalities through the COAR Next Generation Repositories Initiative and the COAR Notify Project, repositories are poised to take on a more expansive and innovative role in scholarly communications….”
“LIBER and COAR have signed a partnership agreement with the aim of strengthening the role of repositories in Europe. This new agreement provides a framework for joint strategic actions that will reinforce the important role of libraries in sustaining and advancing open repositories in the region.
“Repositories are critical infrastructure components for open science and most European research libraries maintain at least one repository,” says LIBER President Jeannette Frey. “This new agreement defines common objectives and will ensure an enduring role for libraries in the scholarly communications ecosystem,” continues Frey. “We look forward to working with COAR to strengthen the role of repositories in 2021 and beyond.”
The Partnership Agreement outlines a number of collaborative activities including:
Promoting the role of repositories in open access and open science in Europe
Developing sustainable models for repositories and repository networks, and
Advancing new innovations in the repository landscape, such as the COAR Notify Project…”
“The aim of this survey is to assess the levels of preprint sharing taking place using generalist repositories.
A preprint is defined as a scientific manuscript without peer-review typically submitted to a public server/ repository by the author. [Definition adapted from ASAPbio description].
A generalist repository is a repository that collects content from a variety of domains and content types, such as institutional, national and international repositories (e.g. Zenodo, HAL, Harvard’s DASH repository)
With the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen a rise in researchers sharing their preprints. Traditionally, institutional and generalist repositories have not played a significant role in hosting these objects. However, as the sharing of preprints becomes more widely embraced, these types of repositories are obvious mechanisms to expand the preprint ecosystem internationally, without having to launch new preprint services.
This survey is targeted at institutional and other generalist repositories to gauge their current activities and future plans related to the collection of preprints. The survey will take only about 5 minutes and will be open from August 4 – September 10, 2021….”
The virtual 6th meeting of COAR Asia OA will be held 25-27 October 2021. The meeting will discuss the latest trends in open access and open scholarship, with community updates from Asia. Topics include open access infrastructure, open educational resources, open peer review, research data repositories, and tools built on open data. The meeting will be a venue for information exchange between Asian communities.