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Vision and Description text

The vision underlying the work of Next Generation Repositories is, “to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed, thereby transforming the system, making it more research-oriented, open to and supportive of innovation , while also collectively managed by the scholarly community.”

An important trait of this vision is that repositories will provide access to a wide variety of research outputs, generating the conditions where a greater diversity of contributions to the scholarly record will be accessible, and formally recognized in research assessment processes.

In April 2016, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) launched the Next Generation Repository Working Group to identify new functionalities and technologies for repositories. A full report with recommendations for the adoption of new technologies, standards and protocols that will help repositories become more integrated into the web environment and enable them to play a larger role in the scholarly communication ecosystem is here:

In general, repositories form a distributed global knowledge network and have the potential to promote the transformation of the scholarly communication ecosystem. One of the obstacles so far, has been the lack of web-based integration with other innovative scholarly services. There is a clear need for repository platforms to adopt modern web-technologies and protocols that will allow them to better interact with more innovative and sophisticated scholarly networked tools and services.

Building on the outcomes of the COAR Next Generation Repositories Working Group, OpenAIRE-Advance calls  interested SMEs (developers, data analysts, etc.) and Young Innovators to develop functionalities and demonstrate use cases that  support the implementation of next generation networked services (repositories) within OpenAIRE.

This call will specifically address the following needs/functionalities related to next generation repositories:

  1. Plug ins and/or add ons for the implementation of Signposting in DSpace 5 and DSpace 6
  2. Implementation of ResourceSync for eprints
  3. Innovative techniques/methods for visualizing usage data from and for individual repositories and aggregator services
What we are looking for in this challenge

We are looking for software services (new or already working) that will promote OpenAIRE services towards next generation repositories and will be successfully integrated into OpenAIRE infrastructure. You can select at least one potential category of action. Proposed services that combine more than one category will gain an advantage (see criteria of selection below).