There is a set of common policies for the Federated Network that are updated over time and respond to agreements from partner countries. These cover political, organizational and technical components that formed the basis of the project and that are a framework for the service and the deepening of interoperability actions. Also in this chapter are added the key projects and alliances that LA Referencia carries.

High authorities representing the countries which are members of LA Referencia signed an agreement of political support for the development of regional strategies in the subject of Open Access. The agreement, signed in Buenos Aires in 2012, reflects the regional political will to facilitate equitable access to information derived from Latin American scientific production as a regional public good with an emphasis on publicly funded results. The Buenos Aires Act specifies the regional interest in creating the pilot experience of the Latin American Federated Network of Scientific Documentation Repositories, which establishes a country node strategy and the type of materials to be harvested and also defines an institutional framework.

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Representatives of LA Referencia member countries signed an Open Access Declaration in Mexico as a regional commitment to promote the principles outlined in the Berlin Declaration. The Act, signed in October 2011, aims to promote access to scientific and academic information through the provision of a Federated Network. An agreement was also signed to promote regional policies and encourage Open Access.

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Read Acuerdo de Promoción y Políticas
Read Declaración de Berlín

In August 2012 the countries signed a technical agreement, based on the collaboration of the national networks for the inclusion of the relevant digital objects in the implementation of the pilot plan, that ended in December 2013. To these ends, it was agreed to adopt the Driver 2.0 normative for the progressive standardization of the metadata that integrates the various national repositories and maintain a node-country strategy. For the period 2014-2016 the work plan contemplated analyzing and adapting the OpenAire Guidelines, recognized as the continuity of Driver, in order to create an interoperable infrastructure of repositories on a global scale.

Read Acuerdo Técnico (2012)
Read Directrices DRIVER 2.0  
Read Directrices OpenAIRE 3.0 para repositorios de literatura   
Read Directrices LA Referencia (2015) - Metadatos y Políticas de Cosecha

Explains the quality criteria of the documents that are presented in Open Access by LA Referencia. These criteria are periodically revised and include typology, versions, rights, and quality control.

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The first task of the Executive Secretariat was to design and execute a Work Plan by the end of 2013. This document, which includes an overall analysis of the chapters describing the Service, Review and Updating, is reviewed and updated annually together with the Directing Council.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean has initiated a consultation process under the LEARN Project - LEaders Activating Research Networks: Implementing the Roadmap and a set of good practices for Research Data Management (GDI) – -, funded by the Horizon2020 program.

The document is a preliminary version that provides the vision of some organisms of Science and Technology of the region on this proposal, destined to face the challenges that the management of research data presents. It is important that our research institutions begin research and implementation work in this area. We believe that this initiative should have a framework that fosters synergistic, sustainable, collaborative development in a continent marked by asymmetries in its relative development, inequalities and an economic crisis that affects science and technology policies, which involves a necessary prioritization of actions.