COAR is an international association with 157 members and partners from around the world representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others. COAR 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.


“Focus on leadership, community, and interoperability at the international level.”

Strategy and workplan (PDF)

Our Vision

A sustainable, inclusive and trusted global knowledge commons based on a network of open access digital repositories

Our Mission

To enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through collaboration across the global repository network


Building a truly global network

COAR was launched in 2009 and evolved out of a project to connect European repositories , called DRIVER. This project revealed the need for a more international approach that would support the networking of all repositories from around the world. Thus, COAR was founded in September 2009, with 28 members. Since then COAR has greatly expanded its international reach with members and partners from over 50 countries on all 5 continents.

Executive Board

Members of the COAR Executive Board 2018-2020: Daisy Selematsela, Bianca Amaro, Wolfram Horstmann, Eloy Rodrigues (Chairman), Martha Whitehead, Kazu Yamaji (Vice Chairman), William Nixon (Treasurer), Oya Rieger

Executive Director

Kathleen Shearer, COAR Executive Director


Annual Reports

COAR Annual Report 2018/19

Each year, COAR publishes an annual report that contains information about all the associations’ activities and accomplishments.

COAR Annual Meeting 2018

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