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Asian Open Access Meeting

The National Institute of Informatics (NII) in Japan and COAR are co-organizing a meeting of the Asian OA Community in Tokyo, Japan on March 4th, 2016 in conjunction with the Research Data Alliance meeting.

The aim of this meeting is to establish an Asian community of practice which can share OA related experience and hot topics between members. There is an international open access community such as Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), however, the topics are often focusing on the high level  of OA in the most advanced countries, rather than from the view point of the countries which are less developed. In addition, physical and time distance make it difficult for full engagement by Asian countries in these international discussions. In order to fill gaps and connect OA community beyond continents, the establishment of a local Asian community is crucial. This meeting will provide the opportunity for participants to share current status, success, concern and problem related to the open access activity in the Asian region. The discussion will focus on how to better  share OA related activities and practices within Asian region. It will also expand on the librarian role in the research data sharing, which is one of the main topic of RDA.

The meeting will take place from 10am to 12pm on March 4th. We would like to invite all members of the OA community from the Asian region to attend this meeting. It will surely foster interesting discussions, and hopefully will be the start of a closer and more formal community for OA in the region.

For more information, please contact me or Kazu Yamaji ( and see RDA 7th Plenary Programme.

All the best, Kathleen

Kathleen Shearer
Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) – +1 514 992 9068
Skype: kathleen.shearer2 – twitter: @KathleeShearer

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