COAR – Confederation of Open Access Repositories , CoreTrustSeal, the European University Association, Science Europe and the World Data System have published a joint position statement on “Data Repository Selection – Criteria That Matter”.

Open science requires a sustainable, trustworthy and comprehensive network of repositories that can support researchers around the world in managing, sharing and preserving their data. To achieve this, we will continue to strengthen and expand on the existing repository ecosystem and encourage the adoption of good practices to ensure the preservation, sustainability, accessibility, and re-use of research data. Collectively, our organizations consider that the “Data Repository: Selection Criteria that Matter” recommendations – as currently conceived – will act as an impediment to achieving these aims. As such, we are issuing this Joint Position Statement ( to highlight the community’s concerns and request that the authors of these criteria respond with specific actions.