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The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is pleased to announce publication of the briefing, “The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories.”

The paper is available on the COAR Interoperability Project web site.

Abstract

Open Access repositories, whose number has been steadily rising, are an important component of the global e-Research infrastructure. The real value of repositories lies in the potential to interconnect them to create a network of repositories, a network that can provide unified access to research outputs and be (re-) used by machines and researchers. However, in order to achieve this potential, we need interoperability. The purpose of this paper is to provide a high-level overview of interoperability of Open Access repositories, identify the major issues and challenges that need to be addressed, stimulate the engagement of the repository community and launch a process that will lead to the establishment of a COAR roadmap for repository interoperability.

Welcome

Welcome to the COAR Open Access Repository Interoperability Forum. The purpose of this online forum is to facilitate an open discussion about global repository interoperability challenges.

New topics for discussion:

Continued topics for discussion:

For more details about interoperability and Open Access repositories, please refer to our briefing paper, “A Case for Interoperability.”

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How can you participate?

Everyone involved in supporting scholarly communication, Open Access, and eResearch is invited to participate in the interoperability discussion. Use the comments area to respond to our questions, engage in dialogue with other participants, post new questions, and suggest ideas we should discuss in coming weeks.

The forum will run until 15 October 2011. After that, members of the team will review comments and input from participants which will inform our next steps. The team will them determine a plan of action for establishing a COAR roadmap for global repository interoperability. If you’re interested in working with us to establish a COAR roadmap, please fill out this form and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

Last, you can participate by letting others know about the forum and checking back often throughout the duration of the online event.

Thank you!

Major Challenges

What are the major challenges facing the repository community in achieving interoperability? What issues do current interoperability guidelines not address? What problems exist within the research community that might be addressed by interoperability in the future? What are the major barriers for implementing interoperability guidelines? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Global Interoperability

What are the major challenges related to achieving global interoperability of Open Access repositories? What sort of support structures would best support global interoperability? What models exist for creating a global repository infrastructure? What are the major language-related issues? How can they be solved? Leave your suggestions in the comments.

Capacity building for open access repository administrators and managers

Free EIFL-OA – KIT – COAR online workshop

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Duration: 10:00 – 11:00 CET

Registration is free, but required. RSVP by Monday, July 11, at Iryna Kuchma

What kind of online tools and resources are available for repository administrators and managers? How can we share knowledge, exchange expertise and build capacities to launch open access repositories and to ensure their long-term sustainability? What kind of professional support can open access repository administrators and managers receive? Continue reading »

Capacity building for open access repository administrators and managers

Free EIFL-OA – KIT – COAR online workshop

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Duration: 10:00 – 11:00 CET

Registration is free, but required. RSVP by Monday, July 11, at Iryna Kuchma

What kind of online tools and resources are available for repository administrators and managers? How can we share knowledge, exchange expertise and build capacities to launch open access repositories and to ensure their long-term sustainability? What kind of professional support can open access repository administrators and managers receive? Continue reading »

Birds-of-Feather Session of COAR members at the OAI7 in Geneva

Thursday, June 23, 2011, Room R170, from 13.00-14.00

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) promotes the interoperability of open access (OA) repositories on an international scale. COAR’s working groups address the acquisition of content for repositories, interoperability, and training and support actions. In particular, one working group is exploring best practices and expertise in the area of populating repositories, including the implementation of OA policies and working with publishers. Continue reading »

Birds-of-Feather Session of COAR members at the OAI7 in Geneva

Thursday, June 23, 2011, Room R170, from 13.00-14.00

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) promotes the interoperability of open access (OA) repositories on an international scale. COAR’s working groups address the acquisition of content for repositories, interoperability, and training and support actions. In particular, one working group is exploring best practices and expertise in the area of populating repositories, including the implementation of OA policies and working with publishers. Continue reading »

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