Asia OA is a special forum hosted by COAR in which members of the Asian open access community can share information, meet each other and build relationships. It has a mailing list and organizes meetings to facilitate greater exchange beyond national boundaries.This community is dedicated to people working in the academic environment based in the Asian region. It celebrates Asian cultural diversity and unique way of doing things.

Asia OA was launched in March 2016 with a meeting hosted by the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, Japan and has had annual meetings in different Asian countries since then in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2016), Kathmandu, Nepal (2017), Dhaka, Bangladesh (2019), and Seoul, South Korea (2020 – programme and videos).


Webinars and Events

October 25-27, 2021

Asia OA Meeting 2021 – Innovation, Growth, and Sustainability of Open Scholarship in Asia

The virtual 6th meeting of COAR Asia OA will be held 25-27 October 2021. The meeting will discuss the latest trends in open access and open scholarship, with community updates from Asia. Topics include open access infrastructure, open educational resources, open peer review, research data repositories, and tools built on open data. The meeting will be a venue for information exchange between Asian communities.

The meeting is hosted by Singapore Alliance of University Libraries’ (SAUL) Research Services Task Force (RSTF), which includes the libraries of Nanyang Technological University / National Institute of Education, National University of Singapore, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Social Sciences, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Yale NUS College in collaboration with the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR).

Presentations are available here

June 22, 2021

This online Information Sharing Session about the role of libraries in research data management was hosted by Nanyang Technological University Library and was attended by 76 participants from 13 countries in Asia.  The slides from the session are available here

April 27, 2021

Balancing good practices with inclusivity: COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories COAR-Asia OA and JPCOAR hosted a free online information sharing session about the repository evaluation framework. In this session, the repository criteria team from the JPCOAR will be introduced a current practice of the “COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories” in Japan.

Videos from the session are available here:

December 18, 2020

Organized by Nanyang Technological University Library and  COAR-Asia OA this Information Sharing Session ‘Building Library Capabilities for Research Data Management Services’ had 59 participants from 12 countries. It was an engaging session with many questions and contributions from a diverse group of participants. More information is available here.

December 10, 2020

A presentation and discussion about the Open Access Policy development process in India with Dr Arul George Scaria, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Innovation, Intellectual Property and Competition (CIIPC), National Law University, Delhi.

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