Rising to the challenge
Organised by Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) and Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), this is a one day event for those who manage or are seeking to build research repositories that can meet the challenges of supporting research requirements (FAIR, Next Generation Repository Technologies, Plan S and more). The event is an opportunity to share international experiences and best practice, consider strategic directions for national repository networks, and think about the resources we need to be providing and how this is being addressed by others internationally. It is not a substitute for the annual CAUL Repository Community Day and is more strategic in both focus and audience.
This event is proposed as a co-located event with the RDA Plenary. It will equip senior managers who run or oversee research repositories with the knowledge required to better meet demands from research institutions, funders, publishers, researchers and other stakeholder groups. It will be topical in nature, reflecting international best practice as well as national and local concerns. This event has a strong focus on the intersection between repositories, data and FAIR but situates these themes within the broader context of building strong repositories since FAIR data is more valuable when it is connected to other research outputs, the researchers and institutions who create the data, the funders who provide the means for the research to occur etc. The timing will ensure that we make the most of international experts travelling to Australia for the RDA plenary.
Academic libraries are looking for ways to grow their involvement in and scale-up their support for research activities. Success depends largely on their ability to break down silos and build an integrated, interoperable infrastructure, as well as capture the hearts and minds of researchers and other sectors of the institution by providing excellence in service and technical infrastructure to support research discovery, use and citation. Repositories are at the heart of this challenge but often lack the supporting policies, workflows, standards and technical appeal needed. This event focuses on rising to the challenge of building next generation repositories that are a key part of the open research ecosystem. It will highlight international best practice, with a focus on the capacity of repository to manage a range of valuable research outputs such as enabling resources to be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR).