The critical role of repositories in providing access to research

New Delhi, India April 17-18, 2024

Open Science is a movement to make scientific research available to all – making it more useful, transparent and greatly increasing the impact of research. Open Science contributes to advancing many of the UNs Sustainable Development Goals and in November 2021, UNESCO members unanimously adopted a Recommendation on Open Science which provides a framework for advancing open science at the national level and has been instrumental in helping to progress open science policies and infrastructures around the world.

Bi-annually, COAR and a local Asian host organize a meeting to support information sharing and collaboration on open access and open science across Asian countries. This is part of the Asia OA Community of Practice that is hosted by COAR.

This year, the meeting is being jointly organized by COAR and the All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society College of Engineering (AISSMS), in conjunction with UNESCO. This will be an in-person meeting and take place at UNESCO offices in New Delhi.

Programme Overview
Day 1
Day 2
Welcome remarks Introduction to the COAR Community Framework for Good Practices in Repositories
Keynote: Open Science and the Sustainable Development Goals COAR’s Vision for the Future of Repositories
Researcher Panel: The value and promise of open science for research Strengthening the global repository network: why and how?
Lunch Lunch
Open science models from G20 countries Challenges and future plans for local repositories
Disseminating local knowledge Launching a community of practice for repositories in India
Closing remarks


Join this meeting with international and local government and university policy makers, researchers, research managers, and librarians to discuss how institutions and repositories can foster open science through repository best practices to advance United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Many nationalities need a visa to enter into India. To apply for a visa, you will need a letter of invitation and the official government approval letter for the conference to apply for your visa. If you need to apply for a visa, please contact and indicate you need a visa

The meeting will take place at UNESCO Offices in New Delhi:

UN House, 55, Joseph Stein Lane, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India

There are numerous hotels in the area which you can find on or

Two hotels that were recommended are:

Taj Palace Hotel ****

  • located in walking distance to UNESCO

JR Residency ***

  • about 20 minutes from UNESCO office by car.

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