Background – CAIRSS and COSIAC Thursday, 8 August 2013

Following discussions with the Department of Innovation (DIISR) the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) Executive, and the ARROW Management Committee, CAUL established the CAUL Australian Institutional Repository Support Service (CAIRSS), to provide support for all institutional repositories in Australian universities, regardless of the software being used.

CAIRSS was initially funded by the residue of the ARROW funds plus the annual Australasian Digital Theses Program (ADT) contribution and the service commenced on March 16, 2009. In 2010, CAUL & CONZUL members agreed to continue its support through to the end of 2012 and the name was formally changed to "Australasian" in April, 2011 in recognition of CONZUL’s support. In September 2012, CAUL decided to normalise CAIRSS functions within the CAUL committee structure, and the program formally ceased at the end of 2012. Some of the functions and activities have been transferred to CRAC.

The Australasian Digital Theses Program ceased operation in March 2011. Each participating university hosts their own digital theses and house their own print and other non-digital theses.Content from the program is accessible from the National Library of Australia’s Trove service. An information page provides links to theses-specific searches via Trove.

COSIAC (CAUL Open Scholarship Initiative Advisory Committee) was established in 2010 to assist the CAUL Membership to promote the benefits of open scholarship. CAUL decided to normalise COSIAC functions within the CAUL committee structure, and the program formally ceased at the end of 2012. Some of the functions and activities have been transferred to CRAC.