LA Referencia, through its document "Metadata and Harvest Policies" (2015), establishes a series of interoperability guidelines whose fulfillment must be guaranteed by the national nodes while recommending its adoption by the repositories that make up the network. The guidelines, agreed at the regional level, are based on the Driver 2.0 Guidelines and the OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers 3, adopted by the European Union. Its compliance determine if a record is accepted or rejected by LA Referencia at the harvest stage.

The document establishes the obligation, definition and scope of each of the 14 elements of the contemplated Dublin Core metadata scheme. In addition, specific instructions are provided for its registration and indicate where the controlled vocabularies established for type of publication, version and access level should be used.



The antecedents date from the Act of Agreement of the Meeting in Bogotá (May 12 and 13, 2011) where the adhesion of the Network was established to the DRIVER 2.0 guidelines. In August 2012, the Technical Group of representatives of the partner countries defined the specific methods and techniques for the implementation of the pilot based on 10 Driver fields.

The Driver guidelines date back to 2008. In 2012 it was merged with OpenAIRE which is in charge of maintaining it (Open Access Infrastructure for Research in Europe). The current version is OpenAIRE Guidelines for Literature Repository Managers 3, April 2013, which defines the core elements of interoperability.

Broadly speaking, OpenAIRE is the natural evolution of Driver and places greater emphasis on identifying the sources of financing for open access production, as well as complement Driver with guidelines for data repositories and CRIS (Current Research Information Systems). From another angle, it is the infrastructure that underpins the Horizon 2020 program of the European Community in terms of Open Access to information

Finally, at the global level, the Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR) is working on proposals for a greater international alignment of vocabularies and elements of the guidelines in order to ensure interoperability. LA Referencia works together on these issues as part of this organization.