The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)-Regional Public Goods Funds supports the project “Institutional Framework for Scientific Publications” submitted by RedCLARA to build a regional strategy and interoperability framework for a Latin American network of institutional science repositories.

Managed by RedCLARA, the project “Regional Strategy and Interoperability and Management Framework for a Latin American Federated Network of Institutional Scientific Documentation Repositories”, was endorsed by the IADB on June 2010.

The aim of the Project is to contribute to sharing and giving visibility to the scientific production generated in higher education and scientific research institutions of the region; its purpose is the creation of a consensual strategy and a framework of agreements related to interoperability and information management for the development and maintenance of a federated network of institutional scientific publications repositories aimed at storing, sharing and giving visibility to Latin America’s scientific production. Such strategy will be aimed at reaching agreements and establishing policies at a regional level in relation to the storage, federated access and retrieval of the collections and services available, the definition of interoperability standards, use of tools to record documents, security and quality, intellectual property and copyrights, training.

11 countries (across the continent: Argentina (MINCYT-INNOVA/RED), Brasil (IBICT), Chile (CONICYT-REUNA), Colombia (COLCIENCIAS-MEN-RENATA), Costa Rica (RedCONARE), Ecuador (CEDIA), El Salvador (RAICES), Guatemala (RAGIE), México(CONACYT-CUDI), Uruguay (RAU) and Venezuela (CENIT)participate in the program.

The executing agency of this project is RedCLARA, together with directors of the national academic networks/agencies of member countries and a Technical Committee integrated by technical focal point of each member country.

Expected outcomes of this project are:

  1. Consensus for a regional strategy for the network
  2. A framework of policies and agreements for interoperability and management
  3. An operative working model developed as result of a pilot project
  4. A regional training strategy
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