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The Strategic Vision for U.S. Repositories

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 DRAFT April 15, 2022

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 4 An interoperable network of repositories is an essential component of our national research infrastructure, offering seamless and open access to research. By working together, U.S. repositories will also play a crucial role in the collective effort to transform global research communication into a more open and equitable system.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 4 Repositories are key institutional tools, ensuring access and reuse. They allow users to track outputs and support preservation, reproducibility of research, research assessment, compliance workflows, new opportunities for publishing, and individual and institutional visibility. Repositories also play a key role in enabling the rapid and open access to research outputs, accelerating the pace of scholarship and social change for the public good.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 5 By acting collectively, repositories can leverage their power as an interoperable network to interact with other types of services, adding value and leading to significant innovation in the landscape. For example, by connecting resources hosted in repositories with independent peer reviewing platforms, repositories offer a more rapid and cost effective route to the traditional publishing system, while also supporting greater transparency in the peer review process.

Vision Development

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 COAR and SPARC have developed this strategic vision for the role of repositories in the United States through consultation with a 63 member expert group of library leaders and repository managers as well as members of the COAPI and OpenCon Librarians communities. The strategic vision encompasses key concepts that emerged during consultation including collaboration, discoverability, interoperability, and preservation and includes the following elements:

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  • Repositories are essential components of the national research infrastructure.
  • Repositories ensure a more equitable and inclusive landscape.
  • Repositories are key institutional tools to support the mission of disseminating research.
  • Repositories ensure research outputs are discoverable, visible, and accessible for future use.
  • Repositories present an opportunity for new and innovative modes of publishing.

The Network

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 3 This vision will be achieved through active community collaboration within the U.S. Repository Network (USRN). The USRN is envisioned as an inclusive community of U.S. repositories built on a lightweight structure to facilitate community collaboration. COAR and SPARC, through the Visiting Program Officer for U.S. Repository Network, will build a national strategy for the repository network and create an action plan with the goal of leveraging U.S. repositories to help transform scholarly communication. The USRN’s activities will embody the key concepts within the vision, namely equity and infrastructure, combining both human and technical aspects of a network, and rooted in the following foundational characteristics that will guide the future of the repository network. 

Foundational Characteristics

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 2 Accessible. Repositories in the network will adhere to accessibility standards for both user interfaces and content.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 1 Collaborative. The success of the repository network will require committed collaboration among repositories and their host institutions.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 Community governed. The repository network will be governed by the community it serves.

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 1 Discoverable. Repositories in the network will ensure that content is easily discoverable both inside and outside of repository user interfaces.

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 2 Equitable and Inclusive. Collectively, the repository network will enable greater equity and inclusivity for all producers and consumers of research.

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 1 Interoperable. Repositories in the network will adopt standards that allow interoperability across repositories and with value-added services.

14 Leave a comment on paragraph 14 1 Local and Global. By advancing institutional needs while also collaborating, repositories in the network will simultaneously address both local, national, and global needs.

15 Leave a comment on paragraph 15 1 Preservation. Repositories in the network will follow digital preservation standards to ensure the long-term availability of their content.

16 Leave a comment on paragraph 16 3 Sustainable. Repositories and the repository network will be positioned for long-term sustainability through stable institutional funding and the establishment of transparency in governance, policies, and practices.

17 Leave a comment on paragraph 17 2 User-centered design. Repositories in the network will employ well managed and easily used workflows and user interfaces through the application of universal design principles.

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