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Towards a global knowledge commons


Regional and National Initiatives

The vision of next generation repositories’ network is that it is distributed across institutions and regions. This enables the network to support diversity, inclusion and local priorities, and also protects the system from commercial enclosure and control. Interoperability across regions is therefore critical so that eventually we can also build global services. To support this, COAR has been working with national and regional groups to advance the NGR vision in various regions, both in terms of implementation of NGR technologies as well as adoption of network functionalities.


CARL Open Repositories Working Group (Canada)

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)

CORE is a global service that aims to aggregate all open access research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and make them available to the public. CORE has been developing social networking functionalities in the form of a recommender system. The system allows users to discover related content across the aggregated systems.

IRUS-UK (United Kingdom)

IRUS-UK (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics UK) is a Jisc-funded national aggregation service, which provides COUNTER-conformant usage statistics for all content downloaded from participating UK institutional repositories (IRs). The service consolidates COUNTER-conformant statistics providing opportunities to demonstrate the value and impact of IRs.


LA Referencia (Latin America)

La Referencia is the repository network that harvests metadata from 9 national aggregators in order to improve the visibility of open access content in Latin America. In the coming months, LA Referencia will begin to harmonize usage statistics in repositories across Latin America network in order have comparable information across repositories. Standarized usage information is an important use case for next generation repositories and is a necessary component  of a networked assessment functionality within the global repository system.


National Institutes of Informatics (Japan)

The National Institutes of Informatics (NII) in 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 Implementation Group

This is a group of US institutions that are making a collective effort towards actualizing the next generation repositories vision. The group, facilitated by COAR, is focusing their efforts in three areas: providing resources towards the implementation of NGR recommendations into repository platforms, piloting value added services, and promoting the vision of a distributed, community-based network.

Last updated on September 3, 2018 by Kathleen Shearer

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