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Kathleen Shearer 
Executive Director, COAR

Kathleen Shearer has been working in the areas of open access, research data management and digital libraries for many years. Shearer is the Executive Director of COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories), an international association of repository initiatives that was launched in October 2009 with membership of over 120 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. COAR has been promoting the role of the institution as the foundation for a sustainable infrastructure that collectively manage the valuable outputs of research. She is also the co-chair of two RDA Interest Groups, Libraries for Research Data and Long Tail of Research Data. Shearer is also a consultant for several other organizations. She is a Research Associate with the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and was instrumental in the launch of the Portage Research Data Management Network in Canada. She is also a Strategic Consultant with the US-based Association of Research Libraries (ARL), providing expertise to the Association about international activities and scholarly communication. Shearer has also done extensive work for the Canadian federal government and research funding agencies including a project to develop metrics and indicators framework for open science.

 Open Science in a COVID-19 World
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