May 17, 2022

Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) Publishes Interoperability Roadmap

The following document was published and released by the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) today.

From a News Release:

We are very pleased to announce the publication of the COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability.

As you know, scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. In parallel, technical developments, especially in communication and interface technologies, facilitate bi-directional data exchange across related applications and systems.

The success of repository services in the future will depend on the seamless alignment of the diverse stakeholders at the local, national and international level. The roadmap identifies important trends and their associated action points for the repository community and will assist COAR in identifying priority areas for our interoperability efforts in the future.

This document is the culmination of over a year’s work to identify priority issues for repository interoperability. The preparation of the roadmap was spearheaded by Friedrich Summann from Bielefeld University in Germany, with support from a COAR Editorial Group and input from an international Expert Advisory Panel.

Direct to Full Text: COAR Roadmap: Future Directions for Repository Interoperability (75 pages; PDF)

Direct to Additional COAR Interoperability Resources

Note: CNI’s Cliff Lynch was a member of the expert panel.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.