COAR Annual Meeting 2022
May 17 – May 20, 2022

This meeting will be a hybrid meeting, with the in-person component taking place in Madrid, Spain, hosted and co-organized by El Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) – Spanish National Research Council. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are some capacity limits and there is also a possibility that the meeting will go fully online, if local conditions change. For those attending the meeting in person, please consider booking refundable / reusable air fares.

Registration

The meeting is open to all COAR members, partners, and invited guests.

The cost of registration will be €120 EUR for in-person participants and free for online participants. If possible, we prefer payment by bank transfer, but Paypal and on-site payments are also accepted. Once you have registered, an invoice with more information will be sent to you by email.

 Register here      (Registration closes on May 1, 2022)   

Theme

This year’s programme will focus on initiatives to connect, modernize, and innovate repositories and their networks. With COVID-19 and the UNESCO Open Science Recommendation, open access and open science are high on the agenda of many countries around the world.  This presents an important opportunity for the repository community. Repositories are already increasingly considered critical research infrastructures that support inclusiveness and diversity in open science. Working together, we can further harness the power of the global repository network to transform the scholarly communications system, making it less costly, more innovative, and community-owned. This meeting will be a forum for discussions about strategies and activities that will bring about our collective vision for the role of repositories.

Programme

(All times are in local time, Central European Summer Time – CEST)

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

15h -15:15h: Welcome and Opening of the Meeting

15:15h – 17:30h:  The COAR Notify Project

The Notify Project was launched in January 2021 with the aim of ​​developing a standardised model to connect repositories with other services, building on previous work of COAR Next Generation Repositories Initiative, the Pubfair White Paper, and a generic technical model that outlines the technical framework. While our initial focus has been on linking preprints and articles to peer reviews and endorsements, we are also documenting and exploring other, emergent use-cases. This session will provide an overview of the project activities, present the use cases from various project partners, and discuss future plans. There will be an opportunity for COAR members to ask questions and consider together the implications of this new functionality on the broader scholarly communications ecosystem.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

10h – 10:25h:  Coffee

10:30h – 13h:  Radical Transformation of Scholarly Communications

The keynote speech will be delivered by Dr. Björn Brembs, neurobiologist and outspoken advocate for open science and scholarly publishing reform, followed by an audience discussion about trends in the broader landscape, and the impact of those trends on repositories.

13h – 14:45h:  Lunch

15h – 17:30h:  Avoiding Pitfalls and Charting the Course for Repositories

Repositories have become key infrastructures for open access and open science. But there are concerted efforts in certain sectors to diminish the role of repositories in the ecosystem. At the same time, the landscape is rapidly evolving with the advent of new technologies, models, and approaches. This session will focus on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for repositories. Invited guests and participants will contribute their opinions about how to navigate these issues, helping to advance the collective role of repositories and shape COAR’s strategic directions.

21h: COAR Dinner

Thursday, May 19, 2022

8:30h – 10h: Workshop: developing and advancing good practices for repositories

This session will focus on two COAR initiatives to develop good practice recommendations for repositories. Firstly, we will present the penultimate draft of the COAR Community Framework for Good Practice in Repositories, Version 2. After an extensive community consultation phase, members will have a final opportunity to provide feedback to the proposed criteria before the framework is published. Secondly, COAR will launch a new activity to develop recommendations for collecting non-English language content in repositories. This workshop will be an opportunity to begin initial discussions and gather use case from COAR members.

10h – 10:25h:  Coffee

10:30h – 13h:  Modernizing the Global Repository Network

This session will take participants through different strategies and activities at a national and regional levels aimed at modernizing and improving repositories. There will be presentations from Africa, Asia, Latin America, United States and other countries focusing on how communities are working together to address some of the challenges with repository technologies and operations.

13h – 14:45h:  Lunch

15h – 17h:  COAR General Assembly

Friday, May 20, 2022

10:30h – 12:45h:  The COAR Notify Project

This will be a repeat session for members who are not able to attend the session on Tuesday, May 17. The Notify Project was launched in January 2021 with the aim of ​​developing a standardised model to connect repositories with other services, building on previous work of COAR Next Generation Repositories Initiative, the Pubfair White Paper, and a generic technical model that outlines the technical framework. While our initial focus has been on linking preprints and articles to peer reviews and endorsements, we are also documenting and exploring other, emergent use-cases. This session will provide an overview of the project activities, present the use cases from various project partners, and discuss future plans. There will be an opportunity for COAR members to ask questions and consider together the implications of this new functionality on the broader scholarly communications ecosystem.

12:45h – 13h:  Closing of the Meeting

Location

The meeting will take place at the CSIC Instituto de  Química Física Rocasolano, C/ Serrano 119 – 28006 Madrid – Spain

Accomodations

Madrid offers a wide range of hotels and accommodations. Below are few options provided by CSIC:

Entry Requirements

Local Festivities

Come to Madrid early and check out the local festivities that are taking place for the San Isidro Festival. May 6-15, 2022