On May 8, 2017, several regional and national repository networks formally endorsed an international accord that will lead to the greater alignment of repository networks around the world. The aim of the accord is to improve cooperation between national and regional repository networks by identifying common principles and areas of collaboration that will lead to the development of global services.
The international accord, developed by COAR, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories, will foster closer relationships between the regional networks and act as a framework for undertaking specific activities including metadata exchange across networks, the adoption of common standards and APIs, and implementation of common functionalities. The accord was signed by network representatives from Australia, Canada, China, Europe, Latin America, Japan, South Africa and the United States.
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Australasian Open Access Strategy Group
Canadian Association of Research Libraries
Confederation of Chinese Academic Institutional Repository and National Science Library, CAS
Japan Consortium for Open Access Repository
National Research Foundation
Association of Research Libraries† and Center for Open Science