COAR is pleased to offer a free webinar for Open Access Week on the topic of “Next Generation Repositories”.

The nearly ubiquitous deployment of repository systems in higher education and research institutions provides the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. However, repository platforms are still using technologies and protocols designed almost twenty years ago, before the boom of the Web and the dominance of Google, social networking, semantic web and ubiquitous mobile devices. This is, in large part, why repositories have not fully realized their potential.

In April 2016, COAR launched a Working Group to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories. These functionalities include more web-friendly architectures, embedding repositories into the workflow of researchers, open peer review and quality assessment of content, and better impact and usage measures.

With these new functionalities, we aim 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.

The webinar was streamed twice on Tuesday, October 25, 2016, to ensure it can be attended by people in several different regions: 8h GMT and 15h GMT.

Please find the slides here and the recordings for each session can be reached at the links below:

About Speakers:

photo-eloyrodriguesEloy Rodrigues is the Director of the University of Minho Documentation Services. Being actively involved in Open Access and repositories since 2003, Eloy coordinates the UMinho team that is being developing RCAAP (Portugal Open Access Science Repository), is a member of the EUA’s (European University Association) Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science and of the Executive Commission of the Working Group for the National Open Science Policy established by the Portuguese Ministry of Science. Eloy Rodrigues is currently the Chair of the Executive Board of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories).

photo-kathleenshearerKathleen Shearer has been the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) since 2014. COAR is an international association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009, with a membership of over 120 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR’s mission is to promote greater visibility and application of research through global networks of Open Access repositories, through connecting repositories, strategic visioning, and capacity building. Shearer has also worked as a consultant in the area of open access and research data management for over a decade for the Canadian Association of Research Libraries and is also a strategic consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries. Most recently, she has been named as a member of the CASRAI Executive Board.

photo-paulwalkPaul has had a long-term involvement in developing, supporting and advocating the use of institutional repositories. With a focus on technical infrastructure and information standards, he is an active participant in COAR’s Next-generation Repositories working group and is the technical author of the successful RIOXX metadata application profile. Paul is currently Head of Technology Strategy and Planning at EDINA, University of Edinburgh.


Pandelis Perakakis has a PhD in clinical psychophysiology and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Centre at the University of Granada in Spain. He is an active advocate of open science since 2005 and has been particularly involved in the investigation of alternative research evaluation models. His article “Natural Selection of Academic Papers”, published in 2010, was probably the first to propose the idea of unmediated open peer review that is currently being implemented by innovative publishers such as ScienceOpen and F1000. In 2012, he founded Open Scholar, an international, non-profit organisation of volunteer research scholars whose mission is to develop tools enabling journal-independent peer review and to promote new ethics in scientific collaboration. He is the coordinator of the “Open Peer Review Module for Open Access Repositories” project, funded by OpenAIRE, and a member of the COAR working group on Next Generation Repositories