Aligning Repository Networks

Open access repositories are increasingly connected through thematic, national and regional networks. Although there are unique requirements in each jurisdictional context, repository networks must be aligned across the world in order to support the truly global nature of research and scholarly communication. The real value of repositories lies in the potential to interconnect them to create a network of repositories, a network that can provide unified access to research outputs and be (re-) used by machines and researchers. Given the truly international and collaborative nature of research, these networks must be connected and aligned around issues such as policy, standards and services.

A major strategic priority for COAR is to align repository networks in order to create a seamless global repository network and demonstrate that repositories offer a viable solution for open access. In 2014, COAR launched a major initiative to further aligning practices globally making their collections more valuable as it enables new services to be built on top of their aggregated contents. This work is directed by a high level committee chaired by Norbert Lossau, former COAR chairman with representation from major repository networks from around the world. The activities target three levels of engagement: (1) strategic, (2) technical and semantic interoperability, and (3) services. The alignment work is being undertaken via several mechanisms including bilateral meetings and agreements between major regional networks, international working groups, strategic discussions, and informal conversations with regions/countries not yet involved.

Recent News

Europe and Latin America expand their collaboration for open science (January 2017)

Asia OA Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Canada (November 2016)

CARL-COAR Next Generation Repositories Meeting in Ottawa, Canada (November 2016)

2016 Chinese Institutional Repository Conference and launch of the new repository group in China, CHAIR (September 2016)

Release of COAR “Resource Type” Vocabulary for Open Access Repositories (October 2016)


Aligning Repositories Networks Meeting (March 2014)

Aligning Repositories Networks Meeting (April 2015)

Meeting of COAR, LA Referencia, OpenAIRE and SHARE (July 2015)

Meeting of COAR, LA Referencia, and OpenAIRE (November 2015)

Aligning Repositories Networks Meeting (April 2016)


Report of the Promotional Workshop in Latin America (December 2015)

Aligning Repository Networks 2015 – Milestone Meeting Report (November 2015)

Promoting Open Knowledge and Open Science – Report of the Current State of Repositories (May 2015)

Towards a Seamless Global Research Infrastructure (April 2014)



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