The widespread and rapid sharing of research results, commonly referred to as open science or open scholarship, is fundamental for addressing some of today’s most critical problems. Repositories provide essential services that manage and provide access to data, articles, and a wide array of other types of scholarly content. With over 5000 repositories around the world this international repository network represents critical infrastructure for open science.
COAR supports the goals of open science and has been working with members, partners and the broader repository community to advance open and interoperable practices and services around the world. However, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for open science. Diversity of infrastructures and services – with the adoption of international, interoperable standards – is critical for allowing all domains and regions to participate. Good, representative governance for the systems and frameworks we adopt are also needed to ensure diverse perspectives are reflected in the policies, infrastructures and strategies we pursue.
As a member of the UNESCO Open Science Partnership, COAR is pleased to contribute our perspective to the UNESCO Open Science Consultation.