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.

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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

Preservation portals

  • Databib is a searchable catalog/registry/directory/bibliography of research data repositories. Download the list as a Google Doc.
  • This registry allows the easy identification of appropriate research data repositories, both for data producers and users. The registry covers research data repositories from all academic disciplines. Information icons display the principal attributes of a repository, allowing users to identify the functionalities and qualities of a data repository. These attributes can be used for multi-faceted searches, for instance to find a repository for geoscience data using a Creative Commons licence. Repositories include:
  • University of California, Irvine. This guide is compiled by UCI Libraries’ bibliographers who serve on the Libraries’ Data Team
  • Research Data Canada is a collaborative effort to address the challenges and issues surrounding the access and preservation of data arising from Canadian research.
  • The African Development Bank (AfDB) has completed the network of Open Data Platforms in all 54 African countries. The Open Data Platform is part of the AfDB’s “Africa Information Highway” initiative aimed at improving data collection, management, and dissemination in Africa. It will allow open access to the data needed for managing and monitoring development results in African countries, including tracking progress on the MDGs. The Open Data Platform is a direct response to a number of important global and regional initiatives to scale up the availability of quality data on Africa and so foster evidence-based decision-making, public accountability, and good governance.