Fostering Diversity in Scholarly Communication: expanding and strengthening the role of repositories

Diversity is an important characteristic of any healthy ecosystem, including scholarly communications. Diversity in services, platforms, funding mechanisms, and evaluation measures will allow the system to accommodate the needs of different research communities and support a variety of workflows, languages, scholarly outputs, and research topics.

As we continue on the path towards full and immediate open access (and open scholarship more broadly) we must think about how we can create the conditions that allow diversity to exist and flourish. At COAR we recognize and celebrate the diversity of our community. At the same time, we understand that diversity cannot thrive unless it is fostered in an intentional way, through strong coordination.

This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss how we can use the global repository network to support greater diversity, while also supporting the need for an international system. We will learn more about the current context in Latin America, and raise awareness of other approaches being developed around the world.


*Please note, The COAR Pre-conference on Monday and Tuesday will take place in Cusco, Peru (the city closest to Machu Picchu). Participants must make their own travel arrangements from Cusco to Lima


Monday, April 20 Open science and next generation repositories
Tuesday, April 21 Repository networks meeting DSpace workshop
Wednesday, April 22 Travel day – from Cusco to Lima
Thursday, April 23 Plenary: regional initiatives, research assessment, diversity
Friday, April 24 COAR General Assembly
Plenary: research data, topical issues, charting the future


A pre-conference workshop will be held in Universidad Andina del Cusco, Cusco, Peru on April 20-21, which will focus on next generation repositories, peer-review and overlay services for repositories, national and regional network services, and more

The main COAR Annual Meeting will be held in Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC), Monterrico Campus in Lima, Peru on April 23-24, and include a panel on research assessment, a discussion about bibliodiversity, research data management and repositories, and other topics.

How to get to the UPC Monterrico Campus

From the Jorge Chávez International Airport:

Taxis cost 50.00-60.00 soles (aprox. USD 15.00-18.00) to hotels in Miraflores. For your safety, we recommend using only taxis arranged through your hotel or authorized taxi companies with stands inside the airport terminal. Be aware that many unauthorized drivers enter the arrivals waiting area and aggressively offer rides at inflated rates.

Shared shuttles to Miraflores (e.g., Airport Express, Quick Llama) cost about 35 soles (aprox. USD 10.00) per person and are available through authorized stands inside the airport terminal.

From Miraflores districts:

Taxis and shared ride apps (e.g., Uber, Cabify, Beat) to the Prolongación Primavera entrance to the Monterrico Campus usually cost 25.00-35.00 soles (USD 8.00-10.00) and take approximately 45-60 minutes each way, depending on traffic. Apps like Google Maps and Waze can help you calculate the time from your location to campus.

Taxis (not apps) do not have metered fares, so be sure to agree upon the fare amount with the driver before entering the vehicle.

Public buses: the solid blue, number 18 bus ends at the Prolongación Primavera entrance to the Monterrico Campus. The trip costs 2.00 soles and takes approximately 90 minutes. Board at the bus stop on the corner of Avenida Benavides and Avenida Larco, in front of the BanBif bank. Pay the driver with change and say “UPC Monterrico” to ensure that you’re charged the correct fare.

On campus:

Enter through the Prolongación Primavera entrance with your conference ticket or COAR 2020 photo check.

Lunch will take place in the Galería (covered patio), next to the Alonso de Molina entrance. All other conference meetings will take place in the Bancalari Auditorium in building H, near the Prolongación Primavera entrance.





Cusco, Peru

We will have a list of recommended hotels soon.

Lima, Peru

These are the recommended hotels in Lima. Please consider staying in one of these hotels, or nearby, so that you can benefit from the bus transportation from the hotels to the conference venue. Public transport in Lima can be unreliable.


Citizens of most European, North American and Latin American countries do not need a visa to travel to Peru. Information about entry requirements can be found on the Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Should you need a letter of invitation to apply for a visa, please email

More information about the meeting is available:


Foreign exchange rates

The currency in Peru is the Sol. The Peruvian tax authority has an official exchange rate (“tipo de cambio”) between soles and U.S. dollars on the main page of its website,

Cash machines (ATMs) are widely available, including several on campus. Most hotels and large stores accept international credit cards and U.S. dollars.


Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC)

Since its founding in 1994, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) has demonstrated its commitment to offering a quality education and fostering a culture of continuous improvement to develop innovative, well-rounded leaders with a global vision to transform Peru. UPC has four campus in Lima and undergraduate programs in thirteen schools, as well as a Graduate School.

UPC is the only Peruvian university institutionally accredited by the U.S. accreditor WASC and the Sistema Nacional de Acreditación y Certificación de Calidad Educativa (National Educational Quality Accreditation and Certification System or SINEACE). UPC also ranks as the second university with the most research in Peru in the Scimago Institutions Ranking 2019. It is the only Peruvian university and the youngest university in Latin America to obtain four QS stars in its general evaluation.



Concytec is the governing institution of the Sistema Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología e Innovación Tecnológica (National Science, Technology and Innovation System, SINACYT) composed of academic and research institutions, business organizations, communities and civil society. It is governed by the Science and Technology Framework Law (Ley Marco de Ciencia y Tecnología) N° 28303.

Concytec regulates, directs, guides, fosters, coordinates, supervises and evaluates state action in science, technology and technological innovation. It promotes and encourages development through coordinated action and complementarity among public institutions, academic institutions, business and social organizations, as well as members of SINACYT. To do so, one of its first tasks is to articulate the sector’s organizations and resources toward national objectives and policies established through governing laws and policies developed by the current government, particularly the “National Science and Technology for Competitivity and Human Development Plan 2006-2021”. Concytec continues to promote national capacity to develop scientific and technological knowledge through research, as well as knowledge that can be incorporated into the goods and services that Peru produces and, as much as possible, exports.


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