Regional and National Initiatives

Critical to the vision of a global network of next generation repositories is that it will be distributed in nature. This will allow the network to support local priorities, and also ensure the system cannot be bought out by commercial players.

To that end, COAR has been working with national and regional groups that are interested in helping to move forward the NGR vision in their region, both in terms of the adoption of technologies within the most used repository platforms as well as developing regional and national network services.

CARL Open Repositories Working Group

The CARL Open Repositories Working Group is seeking to establish a strategic vision for Canadian repositories and help move the community forward around shared goals and objectives. Part of the work plan of the group is to promote the adoption of next generation repository (NGR) functionalities in Canadian repositories and foster the development of related networked services in Canada.

CORE (United Kingdom)



LA Referencia (Latin America)

La Referencia is the repository network that harvests metadata from nine Latin American national nodes in order to improve the visibility of open access content in Latin America. In the coming months, LA Referencia is planning to harmonizing usage statistics in repositories across the network in order have comparable information about downloads. Common usage statistics is a necessary step for building an assessment functionality into the global repository system, one of the important use cases related to next generation repositories.

National Institutes of Informatics (Japan)

The NII of Japan is working with Invenio to support the implementation of NGR technologies within the Invenio software. The Invenio platform is an open source platform used internationally and is the platform underlying the Zenodo repositories.

OpenAIRE (Europe)

OpenAIRE is working on several aspects of the NGR vision. In early 2018, OpenAIRE funded the implementation of Resource Sync into the DSpace version 7 platform. ResourceSync is one of the most prevalent technologies related to a number of the behaviours in the NGR report related to improving discovery of repository resources. OpenAIRE has also been working on standard usage statistics for repositories,


US Next Generation Repositories Group

This is a group of US institutions, facilitated by COAR, interested in contributing to the development of NGR technologies into repositories.

Last updated on August 7, 2018 by Kathleen Shearer

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