COAR is an international association with over 120 members and partners from around the world, representing libraries, universities, research institutions, government funders and others.

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Buenos Aires

Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina is carrying out through the National Digital Repositories System (SNRD from its Spanish name “Sistema Nacional de Repositorios Digitales”) an open access initiative to national scientific and technological production. The SNRD aims to form a network of interoperable digital repositories in science and technology by establishing policies, standards and protocols to all members of the scientific system.

The Ministry is also the enforcement authority of Law No. 26,899 "Open Access Digital Institutional Repositories". This law demands that the scientific and technological production (including primary research data) that results from work, training and/or projects that have been funded in whole or in part with public funds and that have been published, accepted for publication and/or passed through a competent authority approval or subject-matter jurisdiction, must be available through own or shared open access digital institutional repositories.

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La Plata (Provincia de Buenos Aires)

The National University of La Plata is one of the most important Argentine national universities, with over 135,000 students and near 13,500 teaching staff distributed in 3 pregrade and 17 graduate Schools. There are also more than 160 research centers in UNLP, with about 6,000 active researchers. Since 2003, this institution has a central repository known as Servicio de Difusión de la Creación Intelectual (SEDICI, Intellectual Creation Dissemination Service).

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The University of New South Wales (UNSW) has campuses in Sydney and Canberra, Australia and is a member of the group of Eight (Go8) universities. It provides the UNSWorks institutional repository for open research publications and theses and ResData for research datasets. UNSW Sydney was the lead institution for the CAUL Review of Repository Infrastructure project (2018) and is the host institution for the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG).

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TU Graz is one of five universities in Styria, Austria. It was founded in 1811 and currently comprises seven faculties. The university has more than 13,000 students, and approximately 3400 staff members and is a progress oriented place of research, teaching and learning.
The current OA-Repository called TU Graz Open Library is member of DOAR and registered at OpenAire. It covers the Open Access Books from the TU Graz University Press, the green and gold OA papers as well as the Open Educational Resources of TU Graz.
TU Graz is developing partner for Invenio RDM, the future institutional repository of TU Graz for Open research data and OA publications.

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With approx. 30.000 students, 8 faculties and 2.600 scientific staff, TU Wien is Austria’s largest university focusing on science and technology. Its academic library, TU Wien Bibliothek actively supports the university’s open access strategy. It hosts, for example, the university’s repository reposiTUm (since 2015), which contains open access journals and monograph series, student theses, archived green and gold open access publications, and grey literature. TU Wien Bibliothek strives to make the university’s research as openly available as possible and offers efficient and innovative support services for scholarly publishing – in accordance with TU Wien’s mission statement ‘Technology for people’.

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Vienna University Library is the largest research library in Austria. It is a leading institution in facilitating and developing research infrastructure for the University. Areas of activities include digital repositories infrastructure, research data management, long-term preservation, digitisation, open access and bibliometrics. Prominent examples of research infrastructure networks are OpenAIRE, OpenAIRE+, Europeana Libraries and COAR as well as ESSS (European Summer School for Scientometrics).

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Ghent University Library is a network of ten faculty libraries and the Book tower, giving access to a broad range of scholarly information and supporting users in finding the right information. ‘Facilitating open knowledge creation’ is the university library’s mission statement. We are focusing on four main topics:: sustainability, literacy, user-driven services and an up-to-date web strategy.
Openness is a key motive for Ghent University. The library has an active role in open access and research data management. As a partner in the OpenAIRE project we serve as the National Open Access Desk (NOAD).

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Ottawa, ON

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries is the leadership organization for the Canadian research library community. The Association’s members are 29 major academic research libraries across Canada with the Library and Archives Canada, the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) and the Library of Parliament. CARL strives to enhance the capacity of member libraries in areas important to the research library community, such as scholarly communications and public policy.

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Burnaby BC

Simon Fraser University Library is open for research, learning, and collaboration at campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey, Canada. Our research repository, Summit, supports the institutional Open Access Policy, and the Library empowers scholars through our digital publishing and research data management initiatives. As the operational home of the Public Knowledge Project, the Library is also a partner in the development of open software, including Open Journal Systems.

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The University of Victoria Libraries is consistently ranked among the top research libraries in Canada, and is a leading and innovative voice at the university in research partnerships and community engagement. Staff work increasingly within disciplines, across disciplines and beyond traditional boundaries, actively seeking partnerships to support and enhance learning and research opportunities. The Libraries also recently founded the peer-reviewed, OA journal KULA: knowledge creation, dissemination, and preservation studies (

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Set in the heart of Québec City, Université Laval is a major teaching and research university with a global vision, recognized for training socially engaged and committed leaders. The first French-language university in North America, Université Laval boasts more than 1,650 professors as well as 2,400 lecturers and other academic and research staff who share their knowledge with some 56,000 students annually. Its institutional repository, CorpusUL, serves as a centralized platform preserving and providing open access to the publications of the university's professors and researchers.


The University of Ottawa is the largest bilingual (French-English) university in the world and is one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities. uO Research is the University of Ottawa's digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the uOttawa community and its affiliated partners. It provides open and permanent access to uOttawa scholarship and is a central piece of the University of Ottawa Library's program of support for open initiatives.


Huechuraba, Santiago

LA Referencia is a project consisting of nine Latin American countries, whose main purpose is the creation of an agreed strategy and framework agreements for the construction and maintenance of a federated network of institutional repositories of scientific publications for storing, sharing and giving visibility to scientific production in the region.
The strategy is aimed at achieving agreements and establish regional policies related to the storage, federated access and retrieval of collections and services availables, the definition of standards for interoperability, use of tools for recording documents, safety and quality, intellectual property and copyright and other aspects to be considered for sustainable growth of the network. The member countries of this initiative are: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and El Salvador.
LAReferencia is a project presented by RedCLARA, funded by the Regional Public Goods Fund Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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The National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSL), is the central library of CAS as well as the National Library of Sciences in the Chinese National Science and Technology Libraries (NSTL) system of China. Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees appointed by CAS, NSL operates a Main Library in Beijing and three Branch Libraries in Lanzhou, Chengdu and Wuhan, and has a staff of over 500 and the building space of over 80000 m². NSL serves more than 30000 researchers and 40000 graduate students of CAS in about 100 research institutes in more than 30 cities in China, and provides services to scientific R & D communities through NSTL system.

NSL actively promotes public access of publicly funded research papers, by developing institutional repositories and promoting to the researchers. On the basis, developing CAS IR Grid, which is a knowledge repositories network run by NSL, which harvests and aggregates metadata from institutional repositories across CAS institutes. Besides, NSL provide its services to CAS institutes, with providing the software CAS OpenIR Platform based on DSpace, the best practices, depositing and public access policy guidelines, OA licensing guidelines, sustainable IR development guidelines, integrated service provider for easy search and better exposures, working together by subject librarians with institutional teams, negotiation with international publishers for framework agreements for depositing papers in institutional repositories.

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Peking University Library is one of the leading research libraries in China, combining a long and distinguished history with a vibrant mission of service to the University and the nation.

Along with outstanding information resources, the library strives to offer first-rate assistance and services fully support every learning and research endeavor. As the key institution in facilitating and developing information infrastructure for the University, the library promotes open access actively and explores areas of activities include digital collection development and long-term preservation, institutional open repositories, open access journals platform and research data curation.

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Universidad Del Rosario, founded in 1653, is a university of and for students, which stands out in Colombia for its tradition, innovation, academic quality and research strength. Within its wide academic offer, there are 22 undergraduate degrees, 80 specializations, 14 master's degrees and 5 doctorates related to the areas of Health Sciences, Political Science and International Relations, Human Sciences, Economics, Administration, Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Law.
Universidad Del Rosario is committed to the promotion of open access and since 2016 has had the Open Access Institutional Policy, which highlights the Institutional Repository and the academic journal portal, as key tools in strengthening academic web visibility.
The institutional repository (EdocUR) has been awarded with numerous prizes and outstanding positions in webometrics ranking, which makes it one of the most important in Colombia and Latin America.

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Costa Rica

The Costa Rican National Council of University Presidents (Consejo Nacional de Rectores – CONARE) was created by the “Coordination Agreement of State University Higher Education in Costa Rica”, which was subscribed by the state university higher education institutions on December 4th, 1974. Through Law No. 6162 dated November 30, 1977, CONARE was recognized as the coordinating entity of state university higher education, while through Law No. 6580 dated May 18, 1981, it was incorporated in the Costa Rican Political Constitution (Article 85) as the entity responsible for the coordination of higher education.

CONARE is comprised of the presidents of the Costa Rican public universities: University of Costa Rica (Universidad de Costa Rica), Institute of Technology (Instituto Tecnológico), National University (Universidad Nacional), State University of Distance Education (Universidad Estatal a Distancia), and National Technical University (Universidad Técnica Nacional). Using their own means, these universities plan their development and exercise their governance and administration in various areas in a coordinated manner, exercising their autonomy guaranteed by Article 84 of the Political Constitution.

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The Cyprus University of Technology aspires to develop itself into a modern, pioneering University able to offer education and high level research in leading branches of science and technology which have high impact on the economic, technical, and scientific sectors. With its orientation towards applied research, the University aspires to establish for itself a role in support of the state and society in their efforts to confront problems, which cover all areas of science and technology. The Cyprus University of Technology was founded by law on December 2003 and welcomed its first students on September 2007. The Cyprus University of Technology is based at the city of Limassol, where all six faculties are located. The University's six Faculties are located in the city centre of Lemessos (Limassol).

Ktisis is the Institutional Repository of the Cyprus University of Technology Library. Ktisis is an open source institutional repository gathering any digital material relating to the various activities of the Cyprus University of Technology especially original research material produced by the members of the University. Defined in this framework, Ktisis demonstrates the intellectual life and the research activities of the University, preserving, spreading and promoting the scientific research to the local and international community. Ktisis was named after the symbol of the Cyprus University of Technology depicting Ktisis, the spirit of creation. The symbol originates from a mosaic notation at the Efstolios house that lies in ancient Curium and originates at the start of the 5th d.c. century.

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CEDIA, Ecuadorean Consortium for Advanced Internet Development, is made up of the top universities, polytechnic colleges, research centers, and public and private organizations from Ecuador.
It was created to encourage, promote and coordinate advanced network projects and information technology development. These telecommunications and computer networks are focused on innovative and educational development in science and technology in the country.
We have had our teachers and researchers to get involved in projects with both national and international teams by using a special high-speed network which interconnects 1Gbps of capacity. Thus, we have facilitated the integration of research networks as well as the development of e-science projects in different fields of knowledge
Both CEDIA national infrastructure and that of its international peers are of top-notch technology; it provides our members high-speed transfer of large volumes of data from and to several academic research centers worldwide.
All our members are part of a synergy which promotes interconnectivity and interoperability to develop projects supported by the European Union. These projects are aimed at different areas like e-science, technology, health, and telecommunications, among others.
It is important to point out that CEDIA is part of the RedCLARA Network (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks).
CEDIA is currently involved in the “La Referencia” project; this is how the initiative to create open access repositories is being supported. This means free visibility of scientific research in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Currently, 90% of our members use digital repositories provided by CEDIA. We are working to motivate and train the missing percentage of members to integrate these digital repositories. The aim is to increase the visibility of national and regional knowledge production to enhance the development of higher education and research.

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Helsinki University Library is the largest multidisciplinary university library in Finland. The library supports open access by providing and developing the digital repository of the University of Helsinki, HELDA. The main purpose of HELDA repository is to increase the visibility, use and impact of research publications of the University of Helsinki. The repository also supports the open access policy of the University of Helsinki.

The library provides training and consulting in open access and research data management for the students and staff of the University. As a partner in the OpenAIRE project the library serves as the National Open Access Desk (NOAD).

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CNRS strongly supports open access policies and initiatives nationally and internationally.

CNRS was involved in the drafting of Berlin declaration and belongs to the first signatories. CNRS co-organized Berlin 7.

CNRS has been hosting and funding HAL (open access repository, compliant with OpenAire) for 11 years. HAL is the national repository for France. The platform is open for depositing research material from any researcher from any university or research organization.

CNRS created a scientific and technical information office on July 2010: Direction de l’Information Scientifique et Technique (DIST).

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The University of Strasbourg is a French institution located in Strasbourg, Alsace with nearly 51,000 students and over 3,200 researchers. Dating back to the 16th century, the university offers a range of degrees in all disciplines and focuses on research. The institution is also a founding member of the League of European Research Universities. Since 2014, University of Strasbourg has developed with its partners in the Alsace region an open science policy based on its institutional repository univOAK and on pilot projects on research data management.

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Frankfurt am Main

The DIPF | Leibniz Institute for Research and Information in Education (Frankfurt am Main/Berlin) delivers empirical educational research, digital infrastructure and targeted knowledge transfer, thus contributing to coping with challenges in education. DIPF operates the open access repository peDOCS which collects electronic full texts from the domains of educational research. peDOCS is disciplinary-oriented and is geared towards the needs of the educational science communities. peDOCS cooperates with more than 45 publishers. The repository is integrated into the German Education Portal and the German Education Index, the metadata is delivered to oa distributers, e.g. BASE, OpenAIRE, OAIster. A close collaboration with the German National Library (DNB) guarantees the long-term storage of documents.

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The University of Göttingen is a research university of international renown with strong focuses in research-led teaching. It is distinguished by the rich diversity of its subject spectrum particularly in the humanities, its excellent facilities for the pursuit of scientific research, and the outstanding quality of the areas that define its profile.

Göttingen State and University Library is among the five largest, top-ranked research libraries in Germany. It is a leading institution in facilitating and developing research infrastructure for eResearch. Areas of activities include grid-based research infrastructures, research data management, long-term access, digitisation, electronic publishing, open access and digital repository networks. Prominent examples of large-scale research infrastructure networks are DARIAH-DE, OpenAIRE and COAR.

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The Helmholtz Association is with 33000 employees in 17 research centres and an annual budget of approximately 3.3 billion euros, Germany’s largest scientific organisation.

The Helmholtz Association was one of the initial signatories of the “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” in 2003. This commitment towards open access was then formally adopted by its Assembly of Members (assembly of the directors of the Helmholtz Centres): “Publications from the Helmholtz Association shall in future, without exception, be available free of charge, in so far no conflicting Agreement with the publishers or others exists.” (Resolution of the Assembly of Members, 27.09.2004). Since 2005, the Helmholtz Open Access Project is supporting the scientists as well as the respective Helmholtz Centres in the implemention of Open Access.

One example of the project’s success is that most Helmholtz Centres now run institutional repositories.

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The Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin) signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access in the Sciences and Humanities already in 2006. The institutional repository "edoc" of HU Berlin is run by the joint electronic publishing working of University Library, Computer and Media Service and Information Management department at Berlin School of Library and Information Science. The working group is dedicated to the systematic improvement of electronic publishing services and digital research data management at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The main focus is to broaden the usage and to propagate the possibilities of electronic publishing, open access and research data publication and management.

Amongst others the emphases are on:

  • Aquisition and processing of open access publications for the "edoc" repository
  • Management of digital research data at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Evaluation and usage of advanced technologies according to international standards
  • Support and dissemination of open access to electronic publications and digital research data according to the principles of open science

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ULB Darmstadt is the university library of the Technical University of Darmstadt, located in southern Hesse, Germany, and provide the members of the university with printed and digital literature and information. We provide several publication services through a variety of open access repositories for texts, research data, digitized historical holdings and editions of those. We are a research library for questions of information transfer and infrastructural aspects, in particular for the data management in engineering and for the Digital Humanities.

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In a focused spectrum of interdisciplinary fields in the humanities and social sciences and in the natural sciences and technology, Bielefeld University is one of the strongest research universities in Germany. To generate synergies and increase efficiency significant parts of the research infrastructure at Bielefeld University are organised and networked on a university-wide basis.

According to the relevant rankings and competitions the university library is one of the best and most innovative in Germany both in terms of user satisfaction and on account of its pioneering role in the fields of digital scientific communication, electronic publishing, open access, eLearning, eScience, scientific data services, and search engine technologies.

Among ongoing projects and networking activities, prominent contributions to the international repository based research infrastructures are Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (BASE) as well as the participation in European funded projects such as DRIVER, PEER, OpenAIRE and OpenAIREplus.

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The ZBW – German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics is the world’s largest specialist library for economics and business studies, with more than four million publications in printed or electronic format. Located in Kiel and Hamburg, ZBW is also the main document supplier for it’s subjects in Germany and produces the subject portal EconBiz.
Apart from these classical duties, the ZBW edits two journals in economic policy, Wirtschaftsdienst and Intereconomics and is also very active in different areas of information infrastructure, e.g. publication services and open access, research data management, social media, semantic technologies and long-term preservation.
The publishing services include the subject repository EconStor, the Open-Access-Journal Economics and ZBWs own institutional repository. As a member of the Leibniz Association we are also involved in the Open Access portal of the Leibniz Association (LeibnizOpen) and the management of the Leibniz Open Access publication fund.

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WACREN (West and Central African Research and Education Network) is a non-profit organisation registered in Ghana, with a mission to build and operate world-class network infrastructure, develop state of the art services, promote collaboration among national, regional, international research and education communities and build the capacity of the REN community. WACREN currently has members from 13 countries in the region and collaborates with its Southern And Eastern counterpart (the Ubuntunet Alliance) and the Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) as the African Research Education Network (AfREN) to advance open digital scholarship in Africa.



Corvinus University of Budapest, founded in 1948, is a leading university in Hungary. It is today an internationally recognized institution in the areas of both education and research.

Operating with seven faculties the University provides Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programs in the areas of economics, business, public administration, horticultural science, food science, landscape architecture and social sciences. Corvinus degrees are acknowledged on the EU labour market.

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The Library and Information Centre of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences was established with the donation of Count Teleki's library to the learned society, in 1826. Now, besides of its traditional roles, the Library and Information Centre hosts the repository of the Academy (REAL). REAL has several collections, containing current research papers, digitised old books and manuscripts, theses and more. The library operates the national research bibliography (MTMT), and the national journal subscription consortium (EISZ) too.

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The University of Debrecen is a multidisciplinary academic institution with more than 30000 students. As one of the largest universitites in Hungary and a signatory of the Berlin Declaration, our institution is pioneering in open access scholarly communication in the country. The University and National Library participates in several international open access projects, and manages its own OpenAIRE compliant repository. Through the coordination of HUNOR (Hungarian Open Repositories) it assists other institutions in Hungary in building interoperable archives.

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The Digital Repository of Ireland is a trusted national infrastructure for Ireland’s social and cultural heritage. DRI preserves, curates, and provides sustained access to a wealth of Ireland’s humanities and social sciences data. We have created this repository with two central purposes: to preserve Ireland’s digital heritage for the long term, and to provide the user, with access to that heritage. DRI was awarded the Core Trust Seal in 2018, building on our established role as a Trusted Digital Repository (TDR).




As an inter-university research institute, the National Institute of Informatics promotes the creation of a state-of-the-art academic-information infrastructure (the Cyber Science Infrastructure, or CSI) that is essential to research and education within the broader academic community, with a focus on partnerships and other joint efforts with universities and research institutions throughout Japan, as well as industries and civilian organizations.

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The University of Nairobi was established in 1970 having been a constituent college of the University of London from 1963. The University offers academic programmes and research in a great variety of disciplines.
The University continues to be the centre of intellectual life and research activity in Kenya and a key player in the growing global network of scholarship. The University has signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities as evidence of its commitment to the global Open Access initiative. In December 2012, the University adopted an Open Access Policy geared towards providing its scholars with the opportunity and platform to promote their academic work by enhancing access to research outputs. Further, it is expected that the policy will enhance the visibility and impact of the University’s research output and archiving of its scholarly materials.
The University has established the UoN digital repository as the “green route” that will provide long-term preservation and showcase its scholarly output. This repository will enhance the University’s visibility in the global knowledge society and in the process enable its community to engage with others collaboratively in the production, transmission and utilization of knowledge.

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Vilnius University, established in 1579, the oldest in Baltic countries and the largest Lithuanian higher education institution, is an active participant in international scientific and academic activities.
The university offers an academic environment focused on excellence in research and teaching.
Being TOP1 in Lithuania as per national rankings, Vilnius University has the highest position among other Lithuanian universities according to the QS World University Ranking, and is among 501-550 top universities in the world.
Vilnius University Library is the oldest library in Lithuania safeguarding and cherishing over four hundred years tested traditions of academic library, yet open to new ideas and experiences. In the latter years Library shows special attention to various activities related to the access, dissemination and preservation of Vilnius University scientific production, it provides consultations on Open Access policy at VU, works on development of institutional and national repositories (eLABa).

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Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it offers 11 bachelor degrees, 29 master degrees and doctoral studies, spread over three faculties and two interdisciplinary centres.
ORBilu, the University’s Open Repository and Bibliography, was launched in April 2013 in a drive to not only open up access to research but also to showcase the expertise of the’s researchers. Since its inception, its authors have archived over 12 000 publications.

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EIFL is an international not-for-profit organization working in more than 45 developing and transition countries in Africa, Asia and Europe to enable access to knowledge for education, learning, research and sustainable community development.

EIFL-OA programme

  • Builds capacities to set up OA repositories
  • Offers training and supports knowledge sharing
  • Provides expertise on OA policies and practices
  • Empowers librarians, scholars, and students to become OA advocates
  • Advocates for OA policies

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Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) is the national funding agency for science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under responsibility of the Ministry for Education and Science. FCT started its activity in August 1997, succeeding the Junta Nacional de Investigação Científica e Tecnológica (JNICT). Since March 2012 FCT coordinates public policies for the Information and Knowledge Society in Portugal, after the integration of the Knowledge Society Agency-UMIC. In October 2013, FCT took over the attributions and responsibilities of the Fundação para a Computação Científica Nacional (FCCN), [Foundation for National Scientific Computation]. FCCN is FCT’s unit responsible for delivering infrastructures and advanced services to the research and education community being RCAAP (national initiative of Open Access) one of them.

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ISCTE - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL) is a public university established in 1972. Pursuing teaching, research and community service activities, the mission of ISCTE-IUL is to create and convey scientific knowledge according to the best international standards, training highly skilled professionals, mainly at the postgraduate level, in the areas of management, information technology and architecture, social sciences and public policy, for the advancement of society.

For several years now, ISCTE-IUL has supported Open Access movement and is the second institution of higher education in Portugal to hold an Institutional Repository in 2006.

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U.Porto is a public research university responsible for more than 20% of the Portuguese scientific production indexed at ISI Web of Science. Created on 1911, it comprises 14 Faculties, a Business School, and about 60 R&D Units. A large range of study programs covering all levels of higher education and all the major areas of knowledge are available to its more than 31.000 students. SIGARRA, the Information System of U.Porto, was conceived to facilitate the production, flow, storage and access to the information managed by the institution.
The Institutional Repository, managed by the Department of Digital University, guarantees open access to the full text of more than 23.000 publications. The interoperability between the IS and the Open Repository assures that the intellectual production of the academic and scientific community is automatically transferred to the Repository. It is enough for the authors to register and auto-deposit the publications in their own institutional pages, defining that they are public.

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The Unisa Library is the largest academic Library in Africa serving almost 400 00 students, with 12 walk-in Branch Libraries across South Africa and in Akaki, Ethiopia. Unisa Libraries provide access to an extensive collection of books, audio-visual material, electronic databases and journals. We also subscribe to an increasing number of electronic journals. Both the e-journals and the growing collection of e-books are available to Unisa students and staff online 24/7. In addition to our almost 3 million items available to our students and researchers, The Unisa Libraries’ walk in Branch Libraries are committed to cater for our students regardless of their geographic location. The Unisa Institutional Repository (UnisaIR) plays an important role in supporting Unisa’s research strategy. Since its inception in 2009, it continues to grow steadily. In 2016 it hosted over 17000 items. It is also accessed from a variety of international locations and a total of 10 million full text views were logged in 2016. The UnisaIR is based upon open access principles and was ranked fourth in Africa by the Ranking Web of Repositories in 2015.

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CSIC is Spain’s National Research Council, the largest public research institution. Under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, its 130 research centers and institutes dedicate to Humanities and Social Sciences; Biology and Biomedicine; Natural Resources; Agricultural Sciences; Physical Science and Technologies; Materials Science and Technology; Food Science and Technology; Chemical Science and Technology.

CSIC Presidency signed the Berlin Declaration in 2006. Launched early 2008, Digital.CSIC is coordinated by CSIC Unit of Scientific Resources for Research and is part of “Frames” Action Line in CSIC Strategic Plan 2010-2013. CSIC hosted the seminar that led to the making of Alhambra Declaration in 2010.

Digital.CSIC organises, preserves and enables access to a wide variety of resources and counts with the participation of CSIC scientific community and its 78 research libraries. The repository raises awareness and trains CSIC community on OA issues. With 38,000+ items, it is the largest repository of scientific resources in Spain.

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Consorcio Madroño is a consortium created by the Protocol signed in Madrid on 9 June 1999 by the following universities: Universidad de Alcalá (UAH), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), UNED, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC).

The main aim of Consorcio Madroño is to improve the quality of library services by promoting inter-library cooperation. The members of Consorcio Madroño are particularly committed to the “open access” movement.

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The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) is a tool of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation to reinforce the value chain of knowledge, driving science and innovation and promoting its integration and approaching it to society, answering the questions to the needs and expectations of the Spanish Science, Technology and Enterprise System.The strategic vectors of the foundation are to foster different initiatives to develop scientific and innovation culture, to facilitate knowledge transfer into entrepreneur talent, to lead the integration and rationalization of scientific and innovation information and metrics, and to foster the generation of turnovers of science and innovation in Spain.

FECYT coordinates OA policies and projects in Spain. It runs RECOLECTA, the Spanish national project for the constitution of the federated infrastructure of open institutional repositories. Moreover, FECYT is the national desk for Spain in the OpenAIRE project, coordinated a seminar in 2010 about Open Access in Southern Europe that gave place to the Alhambra Declaration, and organized the 5th International Conference on Open Repositories in 2010 with more than 400 attendees from all over the world.


The UOC is the world's first online university, rooted in Catalonia and open to the world. It offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society. Its educational model is based on personalization and accompanying students using e-learning.
The UOC wants to become a 100% open university and accomplish like this its compromise to make research more open, trustworthy, efficient and relevant to society and to facilitate co-creation of open knowledge with and for everyone.




Chalmers is a technical university located in Gothenburg, Sweden, conducting research and teaching in the fields of Engineering, Science and Architecture. Chalmers has an Open Access Policy from January 2010. Researchers are requested to submit a copy of their articles to the repository, Chalmers Publication Library (CPL). Chalmers Library is responsible for the publication database and services to support the policy.

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As part of the University of Gothenburg the Library has the aim to support scientific research and development, teaching and higher education. It contributes to information literacy among students and staff.

Gothenburg University Library is responsible for supplying literature and library services to 40,000 undergraduate students, a staff of 5,100, and 2,600 postgraduate students. It administers material in printed as well as in digital form within all subject areas except chemistry, physics, and mathematics. The library offers a creative environment for studies and easy and effective access to electronic resources.

The Digital Services department works with coordination and development of the library web site, electronic publishing, e-journals, e-books, subject databases and IT-development in these areas. The department hosts two databases for scientific publications from the University of Gothenburg. It supports researchers and postgraduate students in open access-related questions, publishing and copyright questions.

GUP (Gothenburg University Publications) is the in-house-developed bibliographic database for registration of all scientific publications by researchers at the university. The database offers a self-archiving tool for peer reviewed journal articles and conference papers. GUP represents the basis for bibliometric analyses at the university and data are used directly or in combination with other databases. Publication data also serve as a preparation for different decision making processes.

GUPEA (Gothenburg University Publications Electronic Archive) is the full text database for e-publishing of dissertations, research reports, student theses etc. I started as a project in 2004, and was implemented in 2005/2006 based on DSpace. GUPEA is OAI compliant and follows the OpenAIRE and DRIVER guidelines.

Gothenburg University Library offers also service for editorial boards to publish journals by using the publishing tool Open Journals Systems OJS. Three journals, Moderna Språk, Nordic Journal of English Studies and Tidskrift för litteraturvetenskap, are published to date.

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The National Library of Sweden combines the traditional mission of a national library with that of a national library authority. It coordinates the programme, that supports Open Access developments in Sweden. The programme addresses policy issues, development of infrastructure and information to researchers. It is run by the National Library in partnership with Swedish universities, research funders and academies.

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Lund University has one of Sweden’s oldest and largest research libraries. Together with the University Library, 25 faculty, department and centre libraries in Lund, Malmö and Helsingborg constitute a network of libraries at Lund University.
The Lund University Libraries network (LUB) provides support and advice in publication matters, with special efforts to promote open access. LUB develop and manage Lund University Publications (LUP), the institutional repository of Lund University. LUB also host the University's OJS installation and other tools designed for facilitating dissemination of the university's academic output.
LUB also perform bibliometric analyses of scholarly production and offer support and advice in matters associated with evaluation and bibliometrics. LUB is also responsible for advocating and promoting the University's Open Access policy.

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DiVA is Uppsala University's system for electronic publishing and for registering publications produced by researchers, teachers and students.
The main purpose of DiVA:
• To provide researchers and students at Uppsala University with a simple way to make their publications visible and available.
• To facilitate annual reports and statistical analyses of publications by researchers active at Uppsala University.
• To provide long term preservation and secure access to the University's publications in the future.
DiVA contains 180 000 references to research publications and student papers. Around 30 000 of these are freely available in full text – open access.

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EPFL Library, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

EPFL, officially founded in 1969, is a technical university. With both a Swiss and international vocation, EPFL focuses on three missions: education, research and innovation.

The mission of the EPFL library is to accompany researchers, students and teachers in the production and use of scientific information throughout their research projects and studies. As a public library, basic services are also available for the general public.
Beyond traditional services related to the use and access of scientific information, the library offers services, that support the production, the management and dissemination of scientific output, over the whole lifecycle of each EPFL research project, with emphasis on Open Access publication and Open Science.

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ETH Library, ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for implementing its results directly into practice.
ETH Library, established in 1855, is the largest public scientific and technical library in Switzerland. It is the central university library for ETH Zurich and a Swiss centre for technical and scientific information. It is responsible for implementing ETH Zurich's open-access policy and provides services and support for members of ETH Zurich on open-access publishing.

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ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. With locations in Winterthur, Zurich and Wädenswil, the ZHAW is firmly integrated in the local region whilst also collaborating with international partners.
ZHAW university library is part of the scholarly infrastructure at ZHAW and contributes actively to implementing the Swiss national strategies for Open Access and Open Research Data.

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The İzmir Institute of Technology (IZTECH) is a Turkish state university established in 1992 to offer higher education and carry out research in the fields of science and technology. The medium of instruction at the institute is English. IZTECH is currently the only internationally distinguished advanced technical university in Turkey. Within Turkey, It is known as “İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü,” abbreviated as “İYTE.”
IZTECH Library, which is among the best university libraries in Turkey, aims to make IZTECH members see the library as a starting point for all kinds of information needs with its user-centred service approach, and it constantly improves its services in this direction. IZTECH library is pioneering and leading open access/open science studies in Turkey. For example, IZTECH is the first university released the mandatory Open Access Policy and Open Science Policy and began to use GCRIS, the research information and institutional repository system. GCRIS is the first system be used as the research data repository in Turkey. In addition, IZTECH makes a difference and guides the profession with its European Union projects (OpenairePlus Project in 2011, OpenAIRE 2020 Project in 2015 and OpenAIRE Advance Project in 2018), various meetings and events it organizes, papers it presents, articles published in international refereed journals, and national and international memberships.

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United Kingdom


The Digital Curation Centre is the UK’s leading hub of expertise in curating digital research data, offering advice, tools, training and research. The DCC supports UK institutions which store, manage and preserve research data to help ensure their enhancement and their continuing long-term use. It provides tools and training in the use of online tools, such as the Data Management Planning tool, to support the creation and management of research data.

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The Library at the University of Edinburgh has developed a research publications service to support the University’s Open Access Publications Policy and is currently implementing a Current Research Information System. It supports the Scottish Digital Library Consortium which provides repository services to universities across Scotland. It seeks to innovate and contribute to the national & international digital library agenda through participation in projects and cross-institutional partnerships.

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The University of Glasgow has a mature research publications repository and has also developed repositories for research data, thesis, impact, and other research outputs.

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United States

New York

Cornell University Library is ranked among the top academic research libraries in the country. The Library holds more than eight million print volumes, more than 800,000 e-books, and more than 120,000 current serial titles. Additionally, the Library has an extensive archival collection. The Library is actively engaged in developing and maintaining user-centric repositories, supporting research data, and engaging in initiatives in support of new modes of publishing. Specifically, the Library hosts eCommons, Cornell’s open scholarship repository, and library staff collaborate with colleagues across campus as vital members of the Research Data Management Service Group, which provides Cornell scholars with assistance in the creation and implementation of data management plans, and the sharing and archiving of research data. In addition, the Library runs a journal-hosting program and participates in Project Euclid, which is designed to address the unique needs of low-cost independent and society math and statistics journals.

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A global leader, Harvard Library is an unparalleled resource for learning and research. Engaging users through curated discovery, one-of-a-kind digital collections, innovative physical space, and specialized research support, we deliver exceptional experiences for the Harvard community and provide access to the largest university library collection in the world.

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The Ibero-American Science and Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC) is a non-profit organization composed of educational, research and multilateral organizations from the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula. The consortium aims to promote scientific, technological, and engineering education, participating in joint international research and development efforts along with its members and providing a profitable vehicle for the application and transfer of technology to the region with a view to improving the quality of life in the IA region.

Within the consortium there are several initiatives. Currently, the Library Linkage project is the initiative that goes in the same direction as COAR. Over time, LibLink's mission has changed towards an Ibero-American Network of highly competitive information management products and services which have supported the development of educational programs and research lines of the ISTEC member institutions.

In order to achieve its objectives, the ISTEC members collaborate to develop several open code software tools, namely, Celsius 3 and harvester tool. The experts follow up on the development, evaluation, and upgrade of open access repositories and rely on an editorial team’s training program for diamond journals.

Every year, the ISTEC holds the Biredial-ISTEC international conference; this year’s eleventh edition is devoted to open science.

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Ames, IA

The Iowa State University Library is home to robust current and retrospective collections in animal science, material science, plant science, and veterinary medicine, agriculture, and landscape architecture. Other strengths include a distinguished history of providing formal instruction in library research, a state-of-the-art conservation lab, a highly-praised interlibrary loan service, an extensive collection of rare botanical and natural history books, the women in science and engineering archives, and a rapidly growing, highly used digital repository.

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New York

Salt Lake City

The J. Willard Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research, and public life missions of the University of Utah. The library’s mission is to inspire the creation, discovery, and use of knowledge for Utah and the world. To that end we actively partner with our students and researchers in their teaching and research through our expertise, our collections, and our spaces. Additionally, the Marriott Library offers a fully equipped book arts studio, maintains a vibrant university press, and offers our users opportunities for experiential learning and research in our makerspace and digital scholarship spaces.

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The MIT Libraries are dedicated to advancing teaching, learning, research, and innovation at MIT and globally. The Libraries are committed to making the groundbreaking research and scholarship of the Institute available to the world and to ensuring its accessibility for future use. MIT has been at the forefront of improving access to scholarly output, establishing one of the first and most comprehensive policies making faculty-authored articles freely available online and inventing DSpace, an online repository used by more than 1,000 institutions worldwide.

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IN, 47907

The Purdue University Libraries and School of Information Studies provides open access institutional repositories for documents through Purdue e-Pubs, digitized and digital archival collections with Purdue e-Archives, and research data management with PURR. Purdue has led many initiatives, in particular, related to digital curation of research data with initiatives such as the Data Curation Profiles, Data Information Literacy, the re3data registry of research data repositories, and co-founding DataCite.

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Washington DC

In support of its dual mission to end extreme poverty within a generation and boost shared prosperity, the World Bank Group publishes a large selection of research and knowledge products. Publications include authoritative reports that feature research from some of the world's top development economists and practitioners, handbooks to train and aid practitioners, scholarly books that contribute to the development debate in universities and think tanks, and outreach publications for general audiences. Topics cover the full spectrum of economic and social development, including development policy, finance, health, education, environment, trade, poverty, climate change, and globalization. Publications are primarily aimed at policy makers, development practitioners, academics and university students, and the business community.

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) ( ) is the World Bank’s official open access repository for its published works. The OKR builds on the World Bank Open Access Policy, effective since July 1, 2012, requiring that Bank research outputs and knowledge products be deposited into the OKR, allowing any user in the world to read, download, save, copy, print, reuse and link to the full text of the work, free of charge. The goal of the OKR is to allow anyone to easily access World Bank research and knowledge, and to build upon it to help find faster solutions to development problems.

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La Jolla

The UC San Diego Library, ranked among the United States' top 25 public academic libraries, plays a critical role in advancing and supporting the university's research, teaching, patient care, and public service missions. The Library has a long history supporting open access research and infrastructure, including community leadership in a wide range of services and technologies. Current focuses include repository development, research data management and training on data tools and techniques.

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The University of Arizona, a public land grant university, is dedicated to making its scholarship widely available. The UA Campus Repository shares scholarly outputs from faculty, researchers and students. The Libraries also supports the Spatial Data Explorer repository, publishes open access journals, and additional unique digital collections. The UA Libraries cultivates an environment that promotes inquiry, creative endeavor, scholarly communication and lifelong learning.

Los Angeles CA

The UCLA Library advances the university’s research, education, and public service mission by empowering and inspiring communities of scholars and learners to discover, access, create, share, and preserve knowledge. Through international partnerships it supports open access to recorded knowledge and the historical record ranging from the oldest forms of writing to the newest forms of data, including research publications created by UCLA’s acclaimed faculty and scholars.

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The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries is a model 21st century urban academic library dedicated to elevating the research and scholarship of its diverse communities by offering impactful resources, spaces, services, and technologies. A service of UTA Libraries, ResearchCommons houses research produced by UTA’s scholarly community, as well as materials from the University Archives and Special Collections, and makes both openly and freely available to local, national, and global audiences.

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COAR Partners


4Science,, is a contributor to COAR, as a partner and with a member in the NGR, DSpace, as a certified partner and co-leading the DSpace 7 development, euroCRIS, as a sponsor and with the deputy leader of the CERIF TG, OpenAIRE, contributing to guidelines, implementations, meetings, webinars, and promotion. With DSpace-CRIS and DSpace-GLAM, 4Science proposes free and open-source solutions for RIMS, RDM and the cultural heritage, with a special focus on interoperability, standards, openness, and sustainability.

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The Hague

SPARC Europe is a membership organisation for European research libraries and research organisations. Our mission is to create change and build a better scholarly communication system for the future. We want to see a scholarly communication system built on the principles of openness and sharing, reflecting a return to the collegiate values of academic research and delivering the best return possible to society. To this end SPARC Europe works to influence policy, encourage innovative developments, help build and sustain networks of like-minded organisations and support libraries in their efforts to change the system for the better.

Our work is focused on achieving Open Access. We believe we can do this best by means of:

Advocacy and education: we participate in workshops, conferences and advisory bodies, make presentations, and provide advocacy material on Open Access
Working with policy makers: we work to influence Open Access policy development at national and European level
Networking: we work with other organisations to build effective networks of strong voices that can make change happen.

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With over 8900 members from 137 countries, RDA provides a neutral space where its members can come together to develop and adopt infrastructure that promotes data-sharing and data-driven research

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Washington D.C.

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC focuses on taking action in collaboration with stakeholders – including authors, publishers, and libraries – to build on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship.

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