Next Generation Repositories

November 28, 2017 – The report, Behaviours and Technical Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group is now available.


The next generation repositories work is based on a set of principles and design assumptions.

COAR’s vision is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.

In order to leverage the value of the repository network, we need to equip it with a wider array of roles and functionalities, which can be enabled through new levels of web-centric interoperability. One of COAR’s major objectives for 2016-17 is to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories, as well as the architectures and technologies required to implement them; and to work with the repository community to help adopt these functionalities. We also aim to create a global brand for repositories that establishes repositories as a central place for the daily research and dissemination activities of researchers.

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The Next Generation Repositories Working Group has explicitly focused on the generic technologies required by all repositories to support the adoption of common behaviours. However, we also recognize that there are other technologies and standards that may be useful for specific content types or disciplinary communities.

The report describes 11 new behaviours, as well as the technologies, standards and protocols that will facilitate the development of new services on top of the collective network, including social networking, peer review, notifications, and usage assessment.

  1. Exposing Identifiers
  2. Declaring Licenses at a Resource Level
  3. Discovery through Navigation
  4. Interact with Resources (Annotation, Commentary and Review)
  5. Batch Discovery
  6. Resource Transfer
  7. Collecting and Exposing Activity Metadata
  8. Identification of Users
  9. Authentication of Users
  10. Exposing Standardized Usage Metrics
  11. Preservation of Resources

Related resources

COAR Next Generation Repositories User Stories

Related presentations and recordings from the COAR Annual Meeting.

Webinar and presentations about Next Generation Repositories from Open Access Week 2016 (October 25, 2016) by Kathleen Shearer, Eloy Rodrigues, Paul Walk and Pandelis Perakakis

Presentations from the COAR Annual Meetings in April 2016.



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