COAR is an international association that brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community.

About COAR

News and Updates

Making Sense of the Metadata Muddle

October 25th, 2019|

The potential to create a unified body of scholarly materials is reliant on interoperability – specifically, that repositories follow consistent guidelines, protocols, and standards that allow them to communicate with each other and with …

Fostering diversity in open scholarship

October 24th, 2019|

The theme for OA week this year is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge” Diversity is an important characteristic of any healthy ecosystem, including scholarly communications. Diversity in services, platforms, funding mechanisms, and …

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What we do


Our Collective Voice

COAR acts as the international voice for the repository community, and promotes the vision of an inclusive and sustainable …


Next Generation Repositories

Next Generation Repositories (NGRs) is an ongoing initiative of COAR to identify common behaviours, protocols and technologies that will …


Training and Capacity Building

Providing support for the Open Access repository community is an important objective for COAR. COAR participates in numerous conferences, …

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Upcoming Events

COAR 2020 Annual Meeting – Lima, Peru

April 22, 2020 - April 24, 2020

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A global repository network

COAR is an international association with 153 members and partners from 50 countries, representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others.

Meet our members

Join forces with major institutions and organizations from around the world to build an open, sustainable and inclusive system for scholarly communications