Mar 222012

Thank you to everyone who submitted a conference paper, EPrints, DSpace or Fedora user group presentation or Workshop earlier this month!

Whilst we review those submissions we wanted to remind you that there are still ways to contribute to OR2012 including Posters, Pecha Kuchas or Demos. You can submit these via the OR2012 submission system.

We invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters and demonstrations. Posters provide an opportunity to present work that isn’t appropriate for a paper; you’ll have the chance to do a 60-second pitch for your poster or demo during a plenary session at the conference.

Pecha Kuchas are also a great concise way to share your work with others. You create exactly 20 slides and present each of these for 20 seconds. So you have a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds for your presentation and a challening but very engaging format to play with.

You can find out more about Pecha Kucha on Wikipedia. To get a sense of how these work in practice you could take a look at the videos of Pecha Kuchas presented at the 2011 Repository Fringe. You can also view this overview of the format – and a demonstration of using it for a presentation on signage – from Wired:

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Demos give you the opportunity to present working systems in ways that a paper, poster or Pecha Kucha don’t! Describe your requirements in your submission and we’ll do our best to accommodate them.

We want to give you as many ways as possible. This is the opportunity to tell the world about what you’ve been doing with repositories. Whatever you’ve been working on one of these formats should be right for you. Don’t delay, submit your ideas here today!

 March 22, 2012  Posted by at 4:32 pm Call for Proposals, Updates Tagged with: , , , , ,  Comments Off on Submit your Posters, Pecha Kuchas and Demos!
Mar 052012

Due to demand from many who didn’t hear the news about OR2012 submissions until too late, we have made one last extension to the deadline for papers to be submitted to OR2012. You can now make submissions for papers and workshops until midnight GMT on Thursday March 8th (that’s 2012-03-08T24:00:00Z for those of you who prefer  standard timesAlarm clock by moonrhino@flickr CC-BY-SA.)

This really is the final extension we can offer for papers. To move the deadline back further would risk not being able to notify authors in time to make travel and conference bookings. The change affects submissions to the main conference track and to the Eprints, DSpace and Fedora user group tracks. Remember, at this stage we are looking for a 2 to 4 page summary of your proposal – you don’t need to write a full paper to be considered.

Posters, pecha kucha submissions and other less formal contributions are unaffected by this change and can still be submitted up to March 31st.


 March 5, 2012  Posted by at 11:45 am Call for Proposals, Updates Tagged with: ,  1 Response »
Mar 012012

That link up in the top-right corner of the OR2012 web site called ‘Submissions‘ now does something useful – you can actually make submissions for the conference now instead of just writing them or contemplating them. It’s been live for nearly a week now but we  realise that although we pushed out an announcement via some lists & via our twitter account (@OpenRepos2012) it hasn’t reached everyone that it should. This is one attempt to correct that. We’re looking for submissions from old hands and from those who have never attended Open Repositories before. We’re particularly interested in submissions from those outside the world of repositories who have something to say to those within that world. There’s just a few days left – get writing!

 March 1, 2012  Posted by at 5:58 pm Call for Proposals, Updates Comments Off on Yes, the submissions system is live!
Feb 172012

Update Monday March 5th: this deadline has now been extended one last time to Thursday March 8th – see announcement

Good news for those working hard on proposals for this year’s Open Repositories Conference in Edinburgh – we’re extending the submission deadline for papers &  workshops by 2 weeks until March 5th. Whether your proposal is for the general conference track, or more suited to the user group tracks for EPrints, DSpace and Fedora, you’ve got 14 more days to refine your ideas for papers. The remaining dates in the process are not expected to shift, so you’ll still have plenty of time to make arrangements to attend.

5th  Mar 2012 Deadline for papers, workshops&  user group sessions
31st Mar 2012 Deadline for posters, Pecha Kucha and demos
6th  Apr 2012 Workshop/paper submitters notified
11th May 2012 Poster/demo/Pecha Kucha submitters notified
9th  Jul 2012 Conference pre-workshops begin


Workshop proposals can be made now by email to; we’ve already received a number of exciting ideas so we would encourage you not to wait until the deadline if you haven’t already been in touch.

Due to a glitch with the submission system we can’t yet take paper submissions but we expect this to be resolved next week, and we’ll make an announcement at that time. Full details will be provided on the OR2012 web site at

This year’s event will also have more space for informal, unconference-style contributions as well as the Developer Challenge. If a full paper isn’t for you, consider contributing in another way. We’ll be releasing more details nearer the event. This will include Pecha Kuchas and poster sessions with a deadline of the 31st of March.