Kathleen Shearer is the Executive Director of the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR), an international association of repository initiatives launched in October 2009. COAR is located in Goettingen, Germany- with a membership of over 100 institutions worldwide from 36 countries in 5 continents. Its mission is to enhance the visibility and application of research outputs through a global network of open access digital repositories.
Shearer has her Masters of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) and has worked in the areas of open access and research data management for over a decade. She is co-chair of the RDA Long Tail of Research Data Interest Group, which is looking at good practices for managing multidisciplinary data sets in repositories. Shearer is also coordinator of Project ARC, a Canadian project aimed at building a library-based network for research data management in Canada and is a member of the Steering Committee for Research Data Canada.