January 23, 2022

Open Access: CHOR (Operators of CHORUS) Launches Six-Month Pilot Project with Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

From CHOR Inc. (Non-Profit that Operates the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States, CHORUS):

We are pleased to share the exciting news of our first agreement with a fund outside of the US. CHOR, Inc. has signed a Letter of Agreement with the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), for a six-month Pilot project to explore and support its public access compliance needs.


According to CHOR Executive Director Howard Ratner, “It’s a landmark opportunity – the chance to help a major Japanese government agency while it shapes its public access plans. At the same time, it another dimension to the capabilities of CHOR services to monitor and track content reporting on research funded by a major international funder outside the US.”

CHOR and JST will work together to explore ways to improve the monitoring of public accessibility of content reporting on JST-funded research. Our collaboration will improve Japanese funder information in the Crossref Open Funder Registry, enable linking via metadata (based on Crossref funding data) from the Chiba University institutional repository to published articles reporting on JST-funded research on CHOR publisher members’ sites, and develop a customized Dashboard and Search Portal (including ORCID IDs, links to datasets, and more).


Pilot participants include Chiba University, one of the largest national universities in Japan, and a number of CHOR Publisher Members, including Association for Computing Machinery, American Physical Society, Elsevier, IEEE, Oxford University Press, and Wiley. All CHOR publisher members are welcome and encouraged to join the initiative; several more have already expressed interest and will be announced as they sign on.

Learn More, Read the Complete Project Announcement

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) 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 Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.