Soldiers must meet one of 3 criteria to qualify for COAD or COAR consideration:
At least 15 years of active federal service for COAD or at least 15 years of qualifying service for nonregular retirement (ie, "good years" in the Guard or Reserve) for COAR
A Soldier who qualifies for consideration will not necessarily be approved for COAD or COAR.
COAR members and partners represent a wide range of stakeholders--universities, libraries, research institutes, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Indeed, this is an area that COAR has been exploring in great detail.
Through her work at COAR, Shearer has met with librarians, repositories managers and administrators, and technologists from all over the world who are involved in building, supporting, and promoting open access repositories.
Regarding interoperability and technical coordination, we need to work on the issues we've identified in the COAR
Report, The Current State of Open Access Repository Interoperability [coar-repositories.
emerged from a European project called the Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research (DRIVER) in consultation with the international repository community.