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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 1 The mission of a repository is to manage and provide access to the valuable and diverse intellectual output of the community it serves. In this way, it offers a vital local service. Equally important, however, is that repositories are nodes in a larger network, contributing their collective contents to a global knowledge commons on top of which value added services can be built. Collectively, repositories have the potential to offer a comprehensive view of the research of the whole world, while also enabling each scholar and institution to participate in the global network of scientific and scholarly enquiry. As intended by the original initiatives around repositories and their interoperability (like the Open Archives Initiative – OAI), a distributed network of repositories can and should be a powerful tool to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem, making it more research-centric, innovative, while also managed by the scholarly community. 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.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 2 The nearly ubiquitous 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 one of the reasons why repositories have not fully realized their potential and function mainly as passive, siloed recipients of the final versions of their users’ conventionally published research outputs.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 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. One of COAR’s major objectives for 2016-17 is to identify the core functionalities for the next generation of repositories, as well as the architectures and technologies required to implement them; and to work with the repository community to help adopt these functionalities. We also aim to create a global brand for repositories that establishes repositories as a central place for the daily research and dissemination activities of researchers.

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Source: http://comment.coar-repositories.org/1-introduction/