Next Generation Repositories

February 7, 2017 – draft for public comment
Public comments are open from February 7 – March 3, 2017

In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) launched a working group to help identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories and develop a road map for their adoption. For the past several months, the group has been working to define a vision for repositories and sketch out the priority user stories and scenarios that will help guide the development of new functionalities.

The vision 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.

Underlying this vision is the idea that a distributed network of repositories can and should be a powerful tool to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem. In this context, repositories will provide access to published articles as well as a broad range of artifacts beyond traditional publications such as datasets, pre-prints, working papers, images, software, and so on.
The working group presents 12 user stories that outline priority functionalities for repositories.

Please contribute your ideas and opinions using the commenting function of the website!

NeDICC Programme 2017

Date Activity Topic
26 January 2017
14:00 – 16:00
CoP Meeting The implementation of an Institutional Data Repository (UCT: Kayleigh Roos, Erika Mias)
15 February 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Long-lived Data: Tools to Preserve Research Data (UP: Johann van Wyk <;  and Isak van der Walt <>)
14 June 2017
14:00 – 16:00
NeDICC Workshop
 Data Information Literacy, libraries, and librarians (Stellenbosch University: Wouter Klapwijk)
19 July 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Data Discovery and Metadata (UNISA)
16 August 2017
14:00 – 16:00
 CoP Meeting  From ingredients to a cake – Ingest activities to prepare research data for secondary use (HSRC: Lucia Lotter)
13 September 2017
9:00 – 14:00
NeDICC Workshop  Data Information Literacy (WITS)
18 October 2017 NeDICC Workshop  Trustworthy Data Repository Certification (CSIR, HSRC)
16 November 2017
14:00 – 16:00
CoP Meeting

Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

The ICSU World Data System (WDS) and the Data Seal of Approval (DSA) Board announce the availability of the first version of their universal and unified “Core Trustworthy Data Repository Requirements.” The DSA Board and the WDS Scientific Committee are working together to further align their certification procedures and ensure that the research community will have a single, clear reference point for seeking Core Trustworthy Data Repository certification.

An Introduction to the Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

Core Trustworthy Data Repositories Requirements

Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites

Examining landscapes of research data management services in academic libraries is timely and significant for both those libraries on the front line and the libraries that are already ahead. While it provides overall understanding of where the research data management program is at and where it is going, it also provides understanding of current practices and data management recommendations and/or tool adoptions as well as reveals areas of improvement and support.

This study examined the research data (management) services in academic libraries in the United States through a content analysis of 185 library websites, with four main areas of focus: service, information, education, and network. The results from the content analysis of these webpages reveals that libraries need to advance and engage more actively to provide services, provide information online, and develop educational services. There is also a wide variation among library data management services and programs according to their web presence.