COLABORA – Comunidad Latinoamericana de Bibliotecas y Repositorios Digitales (Latin America Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories)

COLABORA – Comunidad Latinoamericana de Bibliotecas y Repositorios Digitales (Latin America Community of Digital Libraries and Repositories)

To address the need of collaboration among digital libraries and repositories from Latin America, and increase the visibility and presence of Latin American authors and institutions in the global academic community, COLABORA started activities in 2009 as a colaborative community of researchers/practitioners from digital libraries and repositories of the region.

COLABORA working groups are integrated by 56 researchers/practitioners working in digital repositories of 30 institutions in 10 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, México, Nicaragua, Peru and Venezuela). The working groups are four:

  1. Definition of issues that need agreement for regional integration of repositories
  2. Identification of main initiatives in the region.
  3. Working policies and management plan for the community
  4. COLABORA webpage

In 2010 COLABORA was member of the organizing committee for the Open Access Week event (Jornada Virtual Acceso Abierto: Buenas prácticas en proyectos Latinoamericanos)

COLABORA receives support from CLARA- Cooperación Latino Americana de Redes Avanzadas (Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks). CLARA is a Latin America collaboration system of advanced telecommunication networks in support of research, innovation and education.

In May 2011, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories, an international association of repository initiatives), has signed a memorandum of understanding with COLABORA and CLARA committed to establishing a regional branch of COAR in Latin America, coordinated by COLABORA through its network of national contacts and in close collaboration with CLARA and COAR.

For this purpose, COLABORA will continue its activities in collaboration with the Iberoamerican Network of Digital Libraries and Repositories (Red Iberoamericana de Bibliotecas y Repositorios Digitales), created in May 2011.

Contact:

Mail: pechever(at)espol.edu.ec

(September 2011)

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