SMIRC Speaker Biographies

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SMIRC 2024 Speaker Bios

Keynote Speaker

Kathleen Shearer

Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives with a membership of over 150 institutions worldwide from over 40 countries on all 5 continents. COAR has been advancing the vision of the next generation repository, which is to position repositories as the foundation for a distributed, globally networked infrastructure for scholarly communication, on top of which layers of value added services will be deployed. Most recently, COAR was awarded funding by Arcadia to develop and implement the COAR Notify initiative. COAR Notify is developing and accelerating community adoption of a standard, interoperable, and decentralised approach (using Linked Data Notifications) to link research outputs hosted in the distributed network of repositories with resources from external services, such as overlay-journals and open peer review services. Shearer has been working in the area of open access, open science, scholarly communications, and research data management for over 20 years. She is an active member in many initiatives related to open science, such as the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and is also a research associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.