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Repository support organisations

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International organisations


COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)


An international, not-for-profit organisation that aims to promote greater visibility and application of research outputs through global networks of Open Access digital repositories. See DRIVER below.


DRIVER (Digital Repositories Infrastructure Vision for European Research


EU-funded organisation providing extensive support and information for institutions setting up and running repositories. Member groups in different EU countries provide local support. Under the auspices of DRIVER, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories was launched on 20 October 2009 (see above).




For repositories based on the DSpace software there are community services on the DSpace site.


Dublin Core Metadata Initiative


Member-supported organization for supporting development of metadata profiles based on open vocabularies.




eIFL's OA advisory service to libraries in its member countries. Provides support and advice and has built a federated repository harvesting from distributed IRs.


EOS (Enabling Open Scholarship): universities and research institutions forum on open scholarship


Hosted by the University of Liege, Belgium. Membership organisation for universities and research institutions worldwide: established at the Liege Convention, October 2007. Provides advice and data on OA and open scholarship developments in general and provides a forum for senior university and research institution managers to discuss and formulate policy.


EPrints Community


Support for repositories based on the EPrints software.


EUA (European University Association) working group on OA


Working group established by the EUA in response to requests from member universities.

Produced two documents:  

i) Recommendations on OA (http://www.eua.be/fileadmin/user_upload/files/Policy_Positions/Recommendations_Open_Access_adopted_by_the_EUA_Council_on_26th_of_March_2008_final.pdf)  

ii) Statement on OA (http://www.eua.be/fileadmin/user_upload/files/newsletter/EUA_WG_open_access.pdf).


FEDORA Commons Community


Support for repositories based on on the FEDORA software.


Knowledge Exchange


Coalition of ICT/library organisations in four European countries. Supports the use and development of ICT infrastructure in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.


NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)


Well-established international organization dedicated to promoting the adoption, creation, use, dissemination and preservation of electronic analogues to the traditional paper-based theses and dissertations.


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)


US-based library community funded organisation working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Promotes and advises on OA and repositories.


SPARC Europe


Library membership organisation promoting and advocating positive change in the scholarly communication system.




Encourages improved access to Japanese research and creates initiatives that enable this.



National repository advisory and support groups


Association of Swedish Higher Education's 'Forum for Library Directors'


The Forum has set up a work group on E-publishing and Open Access and one of the tasks of that group for this year is to create a network of repository staff on a national level. So far the work group has introduced the network and set up a Wiki and is planning to arrange a workshop on self-archiving late this spring.


Repositories Support Project


JISC-funded project in the UK providing information, events, news and general support for repository managers.


OAK Law (Open Access to Knowledge)


Australian service on legal aspects of OA, especially pertaining to Australia, managed by Queensland University of Technology.


NORA (Norwegian Open Research Archives)


The Norwegian support organisation for OA. Wiki providing information on OA and IRs for members: http://www.ub.uit.no/wiki/openaccess/index.php/Hovedside  




JISC-funded project to support establishment of repositories in Scottish universities and to provide advice and advocacy services. Project officially ended Aug 08; expected to be taken forward to a national service.


CRUP (Conference of Rectors of Portuguese Universities) working group on OA

Advisory group supporting establishment of IRs and policies associated with them.




RECOLECTA has been established in Spain by FECYT (Fundación para la Ciencia y la Tecnología) and REBIUN (the network of research and academic libraries of Spain) to promote, support and coordinate the cohesive development of the digital repositories network for the open access, dissemination and preservation of the Spanish publicly funded research results, and to develop services and functionalities over those scientific results for researchers and the wider community.  RECOLECTA will coordinate the national agenda with the international agenda to contribute to build and be part of the wider infrastructure of the European Research Area. RECOLECTA is also the national harvester in Spain, harvesting from 25 repositories, of which 14 are e-theses collections.




Spanish working group focusing on OA and IR developments. All Spanish institutions with an IR are members. Own discussion list and annual meetings to share experiences.


UKCoRR (UK Council of Research Repositories)


Membership organisation for UK repository managers. Provides guides, events, discussion list, CPD, general support.


DARE (Digital Academic Repositories)


The SURF Foundation's repository programme in the Netherlands.

Plan 07-10 is to include research data into the OA corpus.


DINI (German Initiative for Network Information)


The German organisation for networked digital information. Organised into working groups: supports technological developments and has established the DINI certificate, used outside Germany as well as within it, for certifying repository quality.


KIM (Kompetenzzentrum Interoperable Metadaten


DFG-funded centre for helping users develop interoperable metadata profiles. The users are mainly in the German-speaking countries but KIM liaises with other intenational projects.




Irish Universities Association-funded project managed by the IUA Librarians' Group. Three-year project from April 2007 aiming to build IRs in all Irish universities and a federated harvesting and discovery service via a national portal.


CRUI OA Working group


Italian Rectors Association working group on OA

Provides guidelines to universities on practical and legal aspects of making e-theses OA.


DRF (Digital Repositories Federation)


Federation of over 80 universities and research institutes in Japan promoting OA and IRs with more than 10 IR projects. Provides discussion list and international, national and regional conferences and events. Has issued a report on its activities 2006-8 and plans for the future: http://drf.lib.hokudai.ac.jp/drf/index.php?plugin=attach&refer=Digital%20Repository



IBICT (Instituto Brasileiro de Infomação em Ciência e Tecnologia)


Brazilian organisation, part of the Ministry of Science & Technology. Provides technological support, advice, funding for repositories and advocacy within Brazil, including at government level.


CARL Institutional Repositories Program


Part of the service from the Canadian Association of Research Libraries. Provides information, discussion list.


CAIRSS (CAUL Institutional Repository Support Service)


New support organisation in Australia following the end of the ARROW Project in December 2008.




Open Access information and support service for South Africa. Organises events and workshops and provides information. See


where a lot of national initiatives (e.g. Recolecta in Spain, OpenAccess.Net in Germany) are mentioned in the country pages.




OA organisation for Sweden. Supports repositories in a number of ways - by funding development of services, advocacy actions and analytical studies of different aspects of scientific communication.


Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center


Supports Polish institutions in the creation of digital libraries with a mix of paid-for and free services. Organises an annual naitonal workshop on digital libraries.

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