[Oa-italia] Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories

Paola Gargiulo p.gargiulo a cineca.it
Mar 28 Nov 2017 15:18:37 CET

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Inoltriamo messaggio inviato da Kathleen Shearer, COAR Executive 
Director a diverse liste anche a nome di Eloy Rodrigues, COAR Chairman .

COAR is pleased to announce the publication of the work of the Next 
Generation Repositories Working Group, /Behaviours and Technical 
Recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group 
In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) 
launched the Next Generation Repository Working Group to identify new 
functionalities and technologies for repositories. In this report, we 
are pleased to present the results of the work of this group, including 
recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards, and 
protocols that will help repositories become more integrated into the 
web environment and enable them to play a larger role in the scholarly 
communication ecosystem.

The current system for disseminating research, which is dominated by 
commercial publishers, is far from ideal. In an economic sense, prices 
for both subscriptions and APCs are over-inflated and will likely 
continue to rise at unacceptable rates. Additionally, there are 
significant inequalities in the international publishing system both in 
terms of access and participation. The incentives built into the system, 
which oblige researchers to publish in traditional publishing venues, 
perpetuate these problems and greatly stifle our ability to evolve and 

At COAR, we believe the globally distributed network of more than 3000 
repositories can be leveraged to create a more sustainable and 
innovative system for sharing and building on the results of research. 
Collectively, repositories can provide a comprehensive view of the 
research of the whole world, while also enabling each scholar and 
institution to participate in the global network of scientific and 
scholarly enquiry. Building additional services such as standardized 
usage metrics, peer review and social networking on top of a trusted 
global network of repositories has the potential to offer a viable 

The vision underlying the work of Next Generation Repositories 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./

An important component of this vision is that repositories will provide 
access to a wide variety of research outputs, creating the conditions 
whereby a greater diversity of contributions to the scholarly record 
will be accessible, and also formally recognized in research assessment 

Our vision is aligned with others, such as MIT’s Future of Libraries 
Report <https://future-of-libraries.mit.edu/> and Lorcan Dempsey’s 
notion of the “inside-out” library 
<https://www.liberquarterly.eu/articles/10.18352/lq.10170/>, that are 
defining a new role of libraries in the 21st century. This future 
involves a shift away from libraries purchasing content for their local 
users, towards libraries curating and sharing with the rest of the world 
the research outputs produced at their institution. COAR’s mission is to 
ensure that, as libraries and research organizations invest in and 
enhance their local services, they adopt common standards and 
functionalities that will allow them to participate in the global 
network. We very much hope that the recommendations provided in this 
report will contribute to the transition towards this new role for 
repositories and libraries.

This was a truly collaborative effort. We would like to sincerely thank 
the members of the Next Generation Repositories Working Group 
their generous contributions and significant efforts towards this 
undertaking. They have brought a breadth and depth of expertise, without 
which we would not have been able to accomplish this work. We are very 

Eloy Rodrigues, COAR Chairman and Kathleen Shearer, COAR Executive Director

Kathleen Shearer
Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
m.kathleen.shearer a gmail.com <mailto:m.kathleen.shearer a gmail.com>- +1 
514 992 9068
Skype: kathleen.shearer2 - twitter: @KathleeShearer
www.coar-repositories.org <http://www.coar-repositories.org>

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