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Save the date! COAR Annual Meeting 2019

COAR Annual Meeting

May 21-23, 2019          Lyon, France

The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and the Center for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD) are pleased to announce that the next COAR Annual Meeting will take place in Lyon, France.

For more information, go to the Annual Meeting webpage (coming soon).


Registration for COAR Annual Meeting is now open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the next COAR Annual Meeting. The meeting and pre-conference sessions will take place from Monday, May 14 to Thursday, May 17, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany at ZBW Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.

Please note – spaces are limited! Therefore, registration is restricted to COAR members, partners, and invited guests until March 5, 2018.

You can read more about the programme and register here. If you need a letter of invitation, please get in touch with the COAR office.

Looking forward to seeing you in Hamburg!

CARL-COAR Joint Webinar on IR Usage Statistics

COAR Members are invited to a webinar entitled “Two Approaches for Accurately Counting IR Usage: RAMP and IRUS-UK” jointly organised by CARL and COAR. The speakers are Kenning Arlitsch, Dean at Montana State University Library and Paul Needham, Research and Innovation Manager at Kings Norton Library, Cranfield University. The webinar will be moderated by Leah Vanderjagt, Digital Repository Services Coordinator at University of Alberta.

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 13:00 ET / 19:00 CEST

Please click here for the webinar recording and slides.

About the webinar

Institutional repositories (IRs), by virtue of their ability to give increased visibility to the institution’s scholarly outputs, are valued for their vast amount of open scholarly content. Libraries wishing to demonstrate use (and value) frequently report the number of file downloads sustained by their IR. However, commonly used analytics tools are unsuited for this purpose and produce results that dramatically under-count or over-count file downloads. As well, although statistics can sometimes be accessed through the various repository interfaces, without an agreed standard it is impossible to reliably assess and compare usage data across different IRs in any meaningful way.

The first part of this presentation will explain the reasons for the inaccuracies in most IR download counts and will introduce a new web service called Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal (RAMP), which provides much more accurate counts of file downloads to IR managers, with almost no installation or training requirements. Aggregated data collected with RAMP also creates the potential for interesting new streams of research about IR. RAMP was developed with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

The second half of this presentation will focus on another approach at standardizing institutional research data download statistics: IRUS-UK, a national aggregation service, which contains details of all content downloaded from participating IRs in the UK. By collecting raw usage data and processing them into item-level usage statistics, following rules specified by COUNTER, IRUS-UK provides comparable and authoritative standards-based data and also acts as an intermediary between UK repositories and other agencies.

About the speakers

Paul Needham is the Research and Innovation Manager at Kings Norton Library, Cranfield University. For the last ten years, he has primarily worked on Jisc-funded projects, initiatives and services relating to usage statistics based on the COUNTER standard. These include IRUS-UK and JUSP (the Jisc Usage Statistics Portal). He is a member of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee, the COUNTER Executive Committee and the COUNTER Robots Working Group, and co-chair of the COUNTER Technical Advisory Group. For the past 18 months, Paul has been deeply involved, along with other COUNTER members, working on the development of Release 5 (R5) of the COUNTER Code of Practice, which has been designed to ensure that it is internally consistent, unambiguous, and flexible, making it easy for publishers and repositories to be compliant.

Kenning Arlitsch is dean of the library at Montana State University, where he leads a research library actively engaged in student success, statewide collaboration and the university’s research enterprise. In his 24-year career as a professional librarian, he has held positions in library instruction, digital library development, and IT services. His funded research has focused on search engine optimization, as well as measuring impact and use of digital repositories. He writes a regular column in the Journal of Library Administration and serves on the editorial board of Library Hi Tech. Arlitsch holds a MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Ph.D. in library and information science from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. His dissertation on Semantic Web Identity examined how well research libraries and other academic organizations are understood by search engines.

Upcoming COAR Members-Only Webinar: Driving Traffic to Institutional Repositories

You are invited to COAR Members-Only Webinar: “Driving Traffic to Institutional Repositories: How Search Engine Optimisation can Increase the Number of Downloads from IR” by Kenning Arlitsch, Dean of the Library at Montana State University.

Date: September 18th, Monday at 16:00 CEST / 08:00 MDT. Online registration is required by September 14th.

For more about the event please visit the webinar page.

Major repository networks agree to adopt common guidelines


Rio de Janeiro, November 25 & 26, 2015

Participants of the LA Referencia-OpenAIRE workshop
Participants of the LA Referencia-OpenAIRE workshop

There is growing recognition worldwide that our substantial global investments in research have much greater impact if they are widely shared and openly available to everyone. LA Referencia, OpenAIRE and COAR reaffirm their strong support for a shared vision of a global network of repositories as fundamental infrastructure for providing sustainable and open access to research outputs, ensuring that all researchers and citizens have access to the results of publicly funded research.

On November 25 and 26, 2015 representatives from LA Referencia, OpenAIRE and COAR met in Rio de Janeiro to discuss the adoption of common metadata guidelines for repository networks and identify areas for further collaboration. The meeting was hosted by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), along with Ibict (Instituto Brasileiro de Informação em Ciência e Tecnologia), and is part of the Aligning Repository Networks work being lead by COAR.

OpenAIRE and LA Referencia represent two of the most advanced regional networks of open access repositories in the world. Closer collaboration between these two networks will enhance the usability and visibility of the collective content in the networks and enable the development of value added services across the two regions.

The three organizations therefore resolve to pursue their common vision through the following activities:

  • LA Referencie and OpenAIRE will adopt common metadata practices, based on the current OpenAIRE guidelines and the vocabularies being developed in the context of COAR, for repository networks and develop these guidelines in collaboration.
  • COAR, LA Referencia, and OpenAIRE will explore ways to build capacity for managing repositories and repository networks in Latin America, particularly in terms of the implementation of best practices.
  • Under the auspices of COAR, LA Referencia, and OpenAIRE will continue to work with other national and regional networks to promote the vision of a global repository network and investigate common services in support of open access and open science.


LA Referencia is the network of open access repositories from eight Latin American countries. It supports national open access strategies in Latin America through shared lareferencia_openaire_workshop2015_mosaicostandards and a single discovery platform. LA Referencia harvests scholarly articles and theses & dissertations from national nodes, which, in turn, harvest from repositories at universities and research institutions. This initiative is based on technical and organizational agreements between public science and technology organizations (National Ministries and Science & Technology Departments) with RedCLARA.

OpenAIRE, funded by the European Commission under H2020, is the Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe, based on  the network of open access repositories.

Specific agreements:

  • The national nodes of LA Referencia will adopt the OpenAIRE Guidelines and, through LA Referencia, participate in the development of the guidelines with OpenAIRE as they evolve in the future.
  • LA Referencia will develop a strategy and launch communities of practice to facilitate sharing of expertise across participating countries and to support implementation of guidelines at local institutions.
  • LA Referencia, OpenAIRE and COAR will partner to develop a blended learning course to build capacity in managing repositories in Latin America.
  • LA Referencia and OpenAIRE will provide validators that will enable repositories to assess their level of compliance with the guidelines.


  • Amaro, Bianca – Ibict, Brazil
  • Amórtegui, Miguel Ángel – RENATA, Colombia
  • Apollaro, Alberto – Mincyt, Argentina
  • Azrilevich, Paola – LA Referencia/Mincyt, Argentina
  • Cabezas, Alberto – LA Referencia, Chile
  • Granados, Diana – Colciencias, Colombia
  • Labbé, Carmen Gloria – COAR/RedCLARA, Chile
  • Matas, Lautaro – LA Referencia, Argentina
  • Merino, Sonia Elsy – Min. de Educación, El Salvador
  • Muñoz, Patricia – CONACYT, Chile
  • Rasseli, Luiz Alberto – LA Referencia, Brazil
  • Recavarren, Isabel – Concytec, Peru
  • Ribeiro, Washington – Ibict, Brazil
  • Rodrigues, Eloy – OpenAIRE/COAR/ Minho University, Portugal
  • Shearer, Kathleen – COAR, Canada
  • Siguencia, Josefina – CEDIA, Ecuador