Title

Opening Keynote: Working Together to Build and Sustain a Global Knowledge Commons

Location

KIPJ Theatre

Session Type

Keynote Address

Start Date

24-4-2018 9:15 AM

End Date

24-4-2018 10:00 AM

Abstract

The widespread deployment of repository systems in higher education and research institutions provides the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. However, repository platforms are still using technologies and protocols designed almost twenty years ago, before the boom of the Web and the dominance of Google, social networking, semantic web and ubiquitous mobile devices. This is, in large part, why repositories have not fully realized their potential and function mainly as passive recipients of the final versions of their users’ conventionally published research outputs. In order to leverage the value of the repository network, we need to equip it with a wider array of roles and functionalities, which can be enabled through new levels of web-centric interoperability.

In November 2017, COAR published the recommendations for the next generation of repositories. The vision for this work 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.”

In this presentation, Kathleen Shearer will present the current international context for scholarly communication, outline her vision for a more sustainable and equitable system for scholarly communication, present the recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Report, and discuss the key issues and challenges involved with moving forward.

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Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives with a membership of over 120 institutions worldwide from 36 countries on 6 continents. COAR’s aim is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access repositories based on international collaboration and interoperability. Shearer has been working in the area of open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 15 years. She has been the Executive Director of COAR since 2015, and participates in numerous other organizations in Canada and internationally. She has been an active member of the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and has acted as co-chair of two RDA Interest Groups, “Libraries for Research Data” and “Long Tail of Research Data”. Shearer was instrumental in launching the Portage Initiative in Canada, a library-based research data management network. She is a research associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and a strategic consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Shearer also sits on the CASRAI Executive Board.

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Apr 24th, 9:15 AM Apr 24th, 10:00 AM

Opening Keynote: Working Together to Build and Sustain a Global Knowledge Commons

KIPJ Theatre

The widespread deployment of repository systems in higher education and research institutions provides the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication. However, repository platforms are still using technologies and protocols designed almost twenty years ago, before the boom of the Web and the dominance of Google, social networking, semantic web and ubiquitous mobile devices. This is, in large part, why repositories have not fully realized their potential and function mainly as passive recipients of the final versions of their users’ conventionally published research outputs. In order to leverage the value of the repository network, we need to equip it with a wider array of roles and functionalities, which can be enabled through new levels of web-centric interoperability.

In November 2017, COAR published the recommendations for the next generation of repositories. The vision for this work 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.”

In this presentation, Kathleen Shearer will present the current international context for scholarly communication, outline her vision for a more sustainable and equitable system for scholarly communication, present the recommendations of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Report, and discuss the key issues and challenges involved with moving forward.