Microsoft Research’s support for COAR

We are proud to announce Microsoft Research’s partner contribution to COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories. COAR and Microsoft Research share a common vision for the future of scientific research: a truly global network of services and infrastructure that support cutting-edge research across all regions and in all domains.

In May 2013, Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research attended the COAR Annual Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. In his keynote speech he emphasized the important role that repositories will play in supporting science in the 21st century. “University research repositories are going to become increasingly important in the coming era of open access to research publications and associated research data,” said Hey.  “While some research communities will be fortunate enough to have a centralized research repository, the creation of a global network of repositories would mean all researchers would have greater access to the data and results needed to advance scientific discovery.”

“We greatly appreciate Microsoft’s generous support”, says Prof Norbert Lossau, COAR Chairman, Vice-President of Göttingen University, Germany. “As open access and research data sharing become greater priorities worldwide, we must all work together to develop a sustainable, global infrastructure that supports these aims.”

This sponsorship will help to ensure that COAR can continue to pursue important strategic activities, such as further aligning repository networks worldwide.

About Microsoft Research

Founded in 1991, Microsoft Research is dedicated to conducting both basic and applied research in computer science and software engineering. More than 1,100 brilliant scientists and engineers focus on more than 55 areas of computing and openly collaborate with leading academic, government, and industry researchers to advance the state of the art of computing, help fuel the long-term growth of Microsoft and its products, and solve some of the world’s toughest problems through technological innovation. Microsoft Research has expanded over the years to seven countries worldwide and brings together the best minds in computer science to advance a research agenda based on an array of unique talents and interests. Microsoft Research operates in Redmond, Wash.; Cambridge, Mass.; New York City; Mountain View, Calif.; Cambridge, U.K.; Beijing; and Bangalore, India; and conducts research at Advanced Technology Labs Cairo; Advanced Technology Labs Europe in Aachen, Germany; Advanced Technology Labs Israel; FUSE Labs in Redmond; the eXtreme Computing Group in Redmond; and Station Q in Santa Barbara, Calif.

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