COAR Annual Report 2016/17 published

The public version of the association’s Annual Report of the year 2016/17 is available now. The report contains information about strategy and outreach, annual meetings, activities of the Executive Board, Executve Director and Office as well as working and interest group accomplishments. Moreover, the report covers themes like marketing and communications, membership, publications and representation of COAR at major international and regional conferences. An internal version is available for members and partners only. The public version can be found here.

COAR Member-Only Webinar: DSpace-CRIS: How to Bring Repositories and CRIS/RIMS Together

COAR Member-Only webinar: DSpace-CRIS: How to Bring Repositories and CRIS/RIMS Together will take place on July 10th at 9:30am CEST. Please register by July 7th, Friday.

CRIS/RIMS (Current Research Information Systems / Research Information Management Systems) are becoming more and more relevant to monitor research activities and outputs, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of institutional performance and providing insight for budget allocation, collaboration and funding opportunities, etc.

Susanna Mornati, COO of 4Science, will introduce challenges and opportunities of CRIS/RIMS from the perspective of the repository managers. DSpace-CRIS, its main functionalities and its added value for institutions, including the integration with ORCiD and the new add-on modules for viewing images and documents, video/audio streaming and data management will be presented.

Andrea Bollini, CTIO of 4Science, will present the open source technologies and the international standards adopted for DSpace-CRIS (e.g.: IIIF and CKAN), the interoperability with external systems and the new enhancements that came with the latest releases. The evolution from traditional IRs to components of a VRE (Virtual Research Environment) will be explored.

Please see the event page for more details.

Asia Open Access Regional Survey

COAR has just published a new report, Asia Open Access Regional Survey

The report presents the results of a survey of open access activities in Asia undertaken in early 2017.

“The continent of Asia is rapidly increasing in prominence on the world stage, both in terms of R&D as well as scientific production. According to the UNESCO World Science Report (2015), the region encompasses “close to half of global economic output (45%) and expenditure on research and development (R&D, 42%) and is home to both some of the world’s most dynamic technological powerhouses”. In terms of research outputs, the Asian continent is already prolific and is growing quickly, with China poised to become the world’s leading country in terms of number of published research articles.

As with other continents, open access policies and practices are being adopted in Asia, although progress varies greatly across the different jurisdictions and locations. This report provides an account of the current state of open access in 16 regions of Asia. It is expected that the survey results will contribute to the wider implementation of open access and help various regions make the case for greater investment in open access, both in terms of policies, as well as national and local infrastructure.”

Highlights from Controlled Vocabularies Workshop in #COAR2017 Annual Meeting

COAR Controlled Vocabularies Workshop took place on 8 May 2017 at COAR 2017 Annual Meeting. Around 40+ participants joined in the half day open session. The session was organized to introduce COAR vocabularies to the members including what has been done so far, a discussion environment for the existing vocabularies, and next agenda items of the Controlled Vocabularies Interest Group for the coming year. Large part of the discussions was focused on the challenges with the vocabularies in implementing them into repositories and expanding their adoption more widely.

The Access Mode Vocabulary has been released just before the COAR Annual Meeting and the Working Group will seek feedback from the global community shortly. The workshop offered an introduction to the Access Mode Vocabulary, as well as having discussions around the next version 2.0 of the Resource Type Vocabulary and pending issues to be undertaken by the Editorial Board. One of the next items on the agenda is the Version Type Vocabulary and it is planned to be finalised after the summer of 2017. A vocabulary on Resource Date Types will follow suit.  

The use cases presented on the implementation of the Resource Type Vocabulary in the DSpace repository of University of Minho and in the Phaidra Classification Server of University of Vienna will light the way for many other repositories. Implementations of COAR Vocabularies at national and international level in the case of RCAAP in Portugal, JPCOAR Consortium in Japan and LA Referencia in Latin America proved the need for and the benefit of COAR vocabularies. However, they also reflected challenging points in geographical diversity such as language, hierarchical structure in concepts etc. Using COAR vocabularies will be recommended in OpenAIRE Literature Repository Guidelines and CRIS-CERIF Guidelines which will be released shortly. Next possible recommendation of use is expected from LA Referencia using OpenAIRE Guidelines.

The presentations from the workshop can be found below:

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