Stichting COAR Foundation

The Stichting COAR continues the aims and mission of the former COAR e.V. See all of our activities here.

The Stichting COAR is registered with the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce - CCI Number: 89809165

Tax Identification Number or RSIN Stichting COAR – 865118164

The COAR Foundation (Stichting COAR) was created on April 3, 2023 in accordance with the Netherlands Civil Code (Art. 2:285 et seq.). It has its seat in Amsterdam.

The aim of COAR is to enhance the visibility, reliability, and impact of research outputs through a global network of open repositories based on international collaboration and interoperability. The Stichting COAR exclusively pursues not‐for‐profit common public interest objectives.

Stichting COAR Deed of Association - April 3, 2023



Founding Board Directors

Directors shall not receive remuneration. The board may resolve that directors shall be reimbursed for the expenses incurred by them in the performance of their duties, with due consideration of the ANBI requirements.


Strategic Directions

Five strategic directions will guide COAR’s activities:

  1. Advocate for the important role of a distributed, international network of open repositories in advancing open science and bibliodiversity

  2. Provide support for strengthening and modernizing repositories and repository networks

  3. Promote alignment and interoperability across repositories, repository networks, and between repositories and other systems and services

  4. Define and advance the adoption of new behaviours, technologies and roles for repositories and their interaction with other value added services

  5. Increase the sustainability and effectiveness of the organization and strengthen the COAR brand


Work Plan

Each year, the COAR Executive Board will develop a work plan, which will be published in December. Read the work plan for 2023


Financial Statements

The first financial statement (Standaardformulier publicatieplicht ANBI Algemeen) will be available in early 2024.


Contact Information

Executive Director

Kathleen Shearer


COAR Office

c/o Carla Marques

Universidade do Minho, Serviços de Documentação

Campus de Gualtar, 4710-057 Braga


Email: office [at]