Confederation of Open Access Repositories
Chief Technology and Innovation Officer
University of Arizona
In November 2017, the COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories) Next Generation Repositories Working Group published “Behaviours and Technologies Recommendations for Next Generation Repositories.” 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.” The report describes 11 new behaviors for repositories and recommends a number of technologies, standards, and protocols for adoption in repository platforms. The aim is to both improve the discoverability of resources that are contained in repositories, as well as support the development of new services on top of their collective contents. There are already some initiatives working to implementing these recommendations in Europe and Japan. In the US, under the auspices of COAR, a group of institutions has launched a Next Generation Repositories Implementation Group. This session will present the technical recommendations from the report and also give an overview of current activities to implement the recommendations in the US and elsewhere.