The Collaboration of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Annual Meeting Held in Lyon, France (21st – 23rd May, 2019)

Printer-friendly versionPDF version

Open access has facilitated free availability of scholarly literature on the public internet through Open Access Journals and Open Access Repositories.

Collaboration of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Annual Meeting was held in Lyon, France. The meeting was attended by about 100 participants from over 40 countries. It discussed progress related to several of COAR’s major strategic objectives including aligning repository networks, next generation repositories and interoperability between repositories and publishing services. COAR collaborated with Center for Direct Scientific Communication (CCSD) which is a major actor of Open Science in France.

The University of Nairobi was represented by Rosemary Otando, the Deputy Director, Technical Services, Library and Information Services.




The following were priority areas discussed;

  1. Next Generation Repository Programs
  2. Aligning repository networks to support global research
  3. Peer reviewed assessment in repositories

The following were topics covered;

  1. Repository aggregators such as BASE, La Refrencia network and OpenAire. The tools support visibility of the repositories.
  2. Success stories on repositories shared on repositories include;
    • Russia - has a national policy and government support
    • Japan - has a data repository for the country and has signed a memorandum with CERN-UNESCO on next generation repositories.
    • African Open Repository – WACREN collaborated with Japan on research; next project – African connect will involve East Africa
    • Europe – Resourceafric tool that enhances resources sharing, used to compare how repositories are ranked globally, support plagiarism discovery, analyses research trends and improves discoverability
    • ORCID in repositories will be enhanced in Dspace version 7
  3. Next Generation Repositories discussed include;
    • Building OJS platform in repositories (build journals on top of OA repositories)
    • Building Open Data repositories
    • Research data management tools
    • Embrace tools such as jupyter (Julia, Python and R - open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text) notebooks to support visibility and search ability of research
    • Embrace Plan S and OA 2020 – launching journals to reduce subscription
    • Building disciplinary repositories e.g.
      • HAL which is science base which has over 580,000 documents and provides access to full-text.
      • Humanities Common (HC) repository for social sciences/networks
    • Material data repositories that provide material data such as experiments in laboratories
    • Federated searches and metrics usage and discovery tools