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), Seoul, South Korea (2020 – programme and videos), and Singapore (2021)


Webinars and Events

April 17-18, 2024

The Promise and Practice of Open Science – The critical role of repositories in providing access to research

Open Science is a movement to make scholarly research available to all – making it more useful, transparent and greatly increasing the impact of research. Join this meeting with government and university policy makers, researchers, research managers, and librarians to discuss how institutions and repositories can foster open science through repository best practices to advance United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This meeting will be an in-person meeting at UNESCO headquarters in New Delhi. More information is available here.

November 10, 2022

Fostering diversity and inclusion in scholarly communications

This webinar focused on fostering diversity and equity in scholarly communications.


13:00-13:20     Welcome and Opening Remarks – Dr. Vrushali Dandawate and Kazu Yamaji, NII, Japan
13:20-13:50     Introduction to COAR and the need for bibliodiversity – Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR
13:50-14:30     Open Access Polices in Asia –  Dr. Vrushali Dandawate, AISSMS College of Engineering
14:30-14:50     Break
14:50-15:20     Why interoperable local infrastructure matters for publishing and sharing research? – Iryna Kuchma, EIFL
15:20-15:50     Building trust and avoiding predatory publishing – Joanna Ball, Managing Director, Directory of Open Access Journals
15:50-16:20     Open discussion – Kazu Yamaji, National Institute of Informatics and Su Nee Goh, Nanyang Technological University
16:20-16:30     Closing and announcement of next meeting – Dr. Vrushali Dandawate, AISSMS College of Engineering

August 3, 2022

Institutional Repositories Assessment: Takeaways from JPCOAR and NTU LibraryRead the blog post from the event

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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