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Report Issued on Open Access Repository Interoperability
The Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) published "The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability (2012)." Interoperability is the technical “glue” that makes possible the emerging open science infrastructure—an infrastructure that connects a global, decentralized network of repositories and other tools. While technology exists to make possible this integration, the landscape around interoperability at first sight may appear chaotic, confusing, and complex. This report is designed to make sense of the interoperability landscape. It focuses on services that are possible because of interoperability and presents specific interoperability initiatives in connection to these services.
Section 1 of the report provides an overview of repository services where progress has been made in recent years because of developments in interoperability. Areas covered include the following:
- Metadata harvesting
- Repository networks
- Usage statistics
- Cross-system content transfer
- Author identification
- Persistent identifiers
- Managing compound objects
Additional areas currently under development are briefly addressed and include services to support linked data.
Section 2 of the report provides further details on specific initiatives designed to support these services or address common challenges. Initiatives addressed include: AuthorClaim, Current Research Information Systems and Open Access Repositories (CRIS-OAR), DataCite, DINI Certificate for Document and Publication Services, Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER), The Handle System, KE Usage Statistics Guidelines (KE-USG), Open Archives Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE), Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), Open Access Statistik (OA-Statistik), Open Access Repository Junction (OA-RJ), Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe (OpenAIRE), Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID), PersID, Publishers and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics 2 (PIRUS2), Statistics on the Usage of Repositories (SURE), Simple Web-Service Offering Repository Deposit (SWORD), and UK Repository Net+.
The intended audience includes institutions and repository managers operating at different points in terms of infrastructure, resources, and institutional support. For institutions new to open access and repositories, the report aims to provide guidance for getting started and indicates which interoperability initiatives are necessary to implement in order to achieve specific services.
The full report is available for download from the COAR website.
Paula J. Hane
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