What are your domain(s) of expertise?
open access research data management digital repositories
What is your relationship with agricultural information management standards, tools and services?
Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Gottingen, Germany- with a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 35 countries in 4 continents. Its mission is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access digital repositories. Shearer has her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and has worked in the areas of open access and research data management for over a decade. She is chair of the international Open Access Licenses and Agreements Task Force, which monitors consortial licensing practices for deposit into repositories. She is also co-chair of the RDA Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group, which is looking at good practices for managing multidisciplinary data sets in repositories.