Repository Interoperability


Interoperability is the technical “glue” that makes possible an emerging open science infrastructure – an infrastructure that connects a global, decentralised network of repositories and other tools. While technology exists to make possible this integration, the landscape around interoperability is complex, and continually evolving.

COAR Working Group 2 deals with repository interoperability and aims to define and promote interoperability, standards and infrastructure policies.

Completed work and publications

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Current activities

Related Working and Interest Groups



  • Tom Beirender, The World Bank, United States
  • Daniel Beucke, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • Claire Bundy, Open Repository - BioMed Central, United Kingdom
  • Peter Burnhill, EDINA, United Kingdom
  • Laurent Capelli, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France
  • Pablo de Castro, euroCRIS, Netherlands
  • Gernot Deinzer, Universität Regensburg, Germany
  • Andrew Dorward, EDINA, United Kingdom
  • Najko Jahn, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Artur Konczak, Open Repository - BioMed Central, United Kingdom
  • Kei Kurakawa, National Institute for Informatics (NII), Japan
  • Stuart Lewis, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Salvatore Mele, The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Switzerland
  • Markus Putnings, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
  • Wolfgang Riese, ZBW – German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
  • Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Wolfram Seidler, Vienna University Library and Archive Services, Austria
  • Friedrich Summann, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Hideaki Takeda, National Institute for Informatics (NII), Japan
  • Paul Vierkant, Helmholtz Association, Germany
  • Alex Wade, Microsoft Research, United States
  • Zhu Zhongming, National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China



If you are a COAR member and are interested in getting involved in any of these activities, please contact COAR Office.

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