Collaborative Approaches to Integrate Repositories within the Research Information Ecosystem: Creating Bridges for Common Goals

Open Access (OA) has many tendrils running across the wider research information landscape. There are more researchers, organizations, and systems than ever before engaging with (or being asked to engage with) OA throughout the research ecosystem. However, too often OA activities and processes within repositories remain siloed from research information management systems (RIMS) and tasks, creating an undue burden of time and duplicating effort, thereby undermining the overall effectiveness of OA. By investing in interoperable metadata standards and practices, and creating a networked landscape of systems and community, technology ecosystems can be created that encourage researchers to make even more of their research open while streamlining research information management activities. By unifying the community around a more sustainable, systems-agnostic approach focused on flexible interoperability, it is possible to create an environment in which organizations can choose the tools relevant to their needs, bring those tools together in a complementary dynamic, and maximize data reuse.