“Our vision is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-centric, open to and supportive of innovation, while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.”

Characteristics of the Next Generation Repository

  • It manages and provides access to a wide diversity of resources, including published articles, pre-prints, datasets, working papers, images, software, and so on.
  • It is resource-centric, making resources the focus of its services and infrastructure
  • It is a networked repository. Cross-repository connections are established by introducing bi-directional links as a result of an interaction between resources in different repositories, or by overlay services that consume activity metadata exposed by repositories
  • It is machine-friendly, enabling the development of a wider range of global repository services, with less development effort
  • It is active and supports versioning, commenting, updating and linking across resources