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Regional Interoperability Issues: Africa

Unique Issues for Inteorperability in Africa:

What are the key challenges related to OA repository interoperability in Africa? What issues related to OA repository interoperability are unique to Africa? How do bandwidth issues, Internet access, and the use of mobile devices play into repository interoperability?

Language:

Is language a factor in OA repository interoperability in Africa?

Collaboration:

How do libraries work together to support interoperability?

Leadership:

Who are the leaders in this area? What libraries, institutions, or other organizations support OA repository in Africa? What more is needed? How can organizations such as COAR support OA repository interoperability for Africa?

Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Success Stories:

What are some examples of or success stories related to regional efforts to support interoperability in Africa? Are there documented best practices?

What else do we need to know about interoperability for OA repositories as it relates specifically to Africa?

Regional Interoperability Issues: Latin America

Unique Issues for OA Interoperability in Latin America: 

What are the key issues related to OA repository interoperability in Latin America? What issues are unique to Latin America? Do bandwidth issues, Internet access, or the use of mobile devices play into repository interoperability?

Language:

Is language a factor in OA repository interoperability in Latin America?

Collaboration:

How do libraries in Latin America work together to support interoperability?

Leadership:

Who are the leaders in this area? What libraries, institutions, or other organizations support OA repository interoperability? What more is needed? How can organizations like COAR support OA repository interoperability in Latin America?

Best Practices, Lessons Learned, Success Stories:

What are some examples or success stories related to national or regional efforts to support interoperability in Latin America? Are there documented best practices?

What else should we know about challenges with interoperability of OA repositories specifically as it relates to Latin America?

General Forum – Interoperability Challenges

Please use this space to post any general comments or questions about interoperability, issues you’d like to discuss here, or any other comments that do not fit into one of the existing discussion threads.

Open Discussion – Challenges of Open Access Repositories & Global Interoperability

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is facilitating a discussion about interoperability among Open Access repositories within the global context. To kick off this process, COAR has released a briefing paper, “The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories,” an overview of interoperability and selected current issues. The paper is available on the COAR Interoperability Project web site.

The next step is to collect and analyze stakeholder input about the current interoperability environment. We invite you to participate and submit your thoughts about current and anticipated interoperability challenges, problems for the research community that might be addressed by interoperability guidelines, barriers to progress, and other related issues. Questions to start the dialogue are posted on the COAR Interoperability Project web site..

We encourage participants to raise new questions, respond to the posted questions, and respond to others’ comments.

The discussion will be available on the COAR web site until approximately 22-October 2011. After that, we will review input and define and draft the COAR Roadmap for Global Open Access Repository Interoperability (estimated timeframe: 4th quarter 2011, 1st quarter 2012).

We hope to have a lively discussion!

Open Discussion – Challenges of Open Access Repositories & Global Interoperability

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is facilitating a discussion about interoperability among Open Access repositories within the global context. To kick off this process, COAR has released a briefing paper, “The Case for Interoperability for Open Access Repositories,” an overview of interoperability and selected current issues. The paper is available on the COAR Interoperability Project web site.

The next step is to collect and analyze stakeholder input about the current interoperability environment. We invite you to participate and submit your thoughts about current and anticipated interoperability challenges, problems for the research community that might be addressed by interoperability guidelines, barriers to progress, and other related issues. Questions to start the dialogue are posted on the COAR Interoperability Project web site..

We encourage participants to raise new questions, respond to the posted questions, and respond to others’ comments.

The discussion will be available on the COAR web site until approximately 22-October 2011. After that, we will review input and define and draft the COAR Roadmap for Global Open Access Repository Interoperability (estimated timeframe: 4th quarter 2011, 1st quarter 2012).

We hope to have a lively discussion!

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.

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