Open access repositories are increasingly connected through thematic, national, and regional networks, which bring together repositories, enable greater discovery and act as important mechanisms for ensuring adoption of standards and interoperability.
Repository networks differ in their scope, operations and functionalities, and they often have distinct requirements based on their specific user communities. However, in order to support the global nature of research, it is important that the networks have some level of interoperability. Collaboration and dialogue across these networks, therefore, is critical.
COAR works closely with regional and national networks to help strengthen their role and foster greater cooperation across regions.