News & Discussion

Welcome

Welcome to the COAR Open Access Repository Interoperability Forum. The purpose of this online forum is to facilitate an open discussion about global repository interoperability challenges.

New topics for discussion:

Continued topics for discussion:

For more details about interoperability and Open Access repositories, please refer to our briefing paper, “A Case for Interoperability.”

COAR report “The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)” released

COAR is pleased to announce publication of the report, The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012). The report provides an overview of the current interoperability landscape in terms of the types of services that are now possible because of recent research and development efforts from throughout the Open Access community, and it presents interoperability initiatives in connection to these services.

The intended audience includes institutions and repository managers operating at different points in terms of infrastructure, resources, and institutional support. For institutions new to Open Access and repositories, the report aims to provide guidance for getting started and indicates which interoperability initiatives are necessary to implement in order to achieve specific services. For institutions and repository managers already involved in OA and repositories, the report may provide ideas for additional functionality to add to your repository or further services that are possible to provide to your community.

The report covers seven areas of focus for current interoperability initiatives, and it provides overviews of nineteen key interoperability initiatives.

Click here to read the complete report.

Repository Interoperability and NGOs, IGOs, Non-Profit Organizations and Research Funding Agencies

Many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs), and research funding agencies support Open Access in various ways.

Funding agencies including the European Commission, Wellcome Trust in the UK, the National Institutes of Health in the US, and many other organizations require recipients of research funding to deposit copies of all research outputs into a freely-accessible, publicly-accessible Open Access Repository.

Other organizations such as the World Bank are supporting Open Data initiatives by collecting and disseminating data sets and indicators into globally-accessible, freely-accessible repositories.

  • What are the major issues related to repository interoperability for these types of organizations?
  • What issues related to repository interoperability should NGOs, IGOs, and research funding bodies be discussing?
  • What other ways can these types of organizations support repository interoperability?
  • What resources exist related to interoperability issues specifically for NGOs, IGOs, non-profit organizations, and research funding agencies? What other resources are needed?
  • What related issues are on the horizon?

Regional Interoperability Issues: India and Asia

Unique Issues for Interoperability in India and Asia: 

What are the key challenges related to OA repository interoperability in India and Asia? What issues are unique to this area? How do bandiwdth issues, Internet access, and the use of mobile devices play into repository interoperability issues?

Language:

Is language a factor in OA repository interoperability?

Collaboration:

How do libraries work together to support interoperability?

Leadership:

Who are the leaders in this area? What libraries, institutions, or other organizations support OA repository interoperability in India and Asia? What more is needed? How can organizations such as COAR support OA repository interoperability for India and Latin America?

Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Success Stories:

What are some examples or success stories related to regional efforts to support repository interoperability? Are there documented best practices?

What else do we need to know about interoperability for OA repositories as it relates specifically to India and Asia?

Regional Interoperability Issues: Africa

Unique Issues for Inteorperability in Africa:

What are the key challenges related to OA repository interoperability in Africa? What issues related to OA repository interoperability are unique to Africa? How do bandwidth issues, Internet access, and the use of mobile devices play into repository interoperability?

Language:

Is language a factor in OA repository interoperability in Africa?

Collaboration:

How do libraries work together to support interoperability?

Leadership:

Who are the leaders in this area? What libraries, institutions, or other organizations support OA repository in Africa? What more is needed? How can organizations such as COAR support OA repository interoperability for Africa?

Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Success Stories:

What are some examples of or success stories related to regional efforts to support interoperability in Africa? Are there documented best practices?

What else do we need to know about interoperability for OA repositories as it relates specifically to Africa?

Regional Interoperability Issues: Latin America

Unique Issues for OA Interoperability in Latin America: 

What are the key issues related to OA repository interoperability in Latin America? What issues are unique to Latin America? Do bandwidth issues, Internet access, or the use of mobile devices play into repository interoperability?

Language:

Is language a factor in OA repository interoperability in Latin America?

Collaboration:

How do libraries in Latin America work together to support interoperability?

Leadership:

Who are the leaders in this area? What libraries, institutions, or other organizations support OA repository interoperability? What more is needed? How can organizations like COAR support OA repository interoperability in Latin America?

Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Success Stories:

What are some examples or success stories related to national or regional efforts to support interoperability in Latin America? Are there documented best practices?

What else should we know about challenges with interoperability of OA repositories specifically as it relates to Latin America?


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