Jun 182012
 

The Open Repositories Steering Committee are delighted to announce that OR2013 will take place in Prince Edward Island, in July 2013. This will mark the first time that Open Repositories has been held in Canada.

The Host Organising Committee for OR2013 add:

The University of Prince Edward Island, and DiscoveryGarden are pleased to announce that Prince Edward Island has been selected as the location for Open Repositories 2013!

Islands are often viewed as isolated and insular, but those that live on islands think differently: Island life is all about Community. Join us on Prince Edward Island in July 2013 to discuss the next generation of repositories. This will be the first Open Repositories Conference in Canada and what a better place to make history than the historic birthplace of Canadian Confederation.

Prince Edward Island is also the birthplace of Islandora, the award-winning, open-source framework that combines Drupal and Fedora to create a robust, digital asset management system. The Islandora community is strongly based out of the University of Prince Edward Island, and continues to grow along side the open-source community.

Prince Edward Island has miles of sandy beaches, lined by red cliffs and rich pastures. Come and enjoy a round of golf at an award winning course, visit a local artisan workshop, and sample fine culinary products, fresh from the farm and sea.

We look forward to seeing everyone in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island for OR2013!

Jun 152012
 

DevCSI will once again be organising the very successful Developer Challenge at Open Repositories 2012.

Whether you are a developer or user, we want you to be involved this year!

Tell us when you book for OR12, email us, post ideas on the Developer Challenge Ideas page, or let us know when you come to the registration desk for the event.

For the full challenge, information on the glittering prizes, the rules, the judges and other essential information head on over to DevCSI’s dedicated Developer Challenge page.

This year’s Developer Challenge is sponsored by Microsoft Research and there will be an additional prize to any developers who submit an entry to the challenge that also makes an innovative use of Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft Research

 June 15, 2012  Posted by at 3:36 pm Updates Tagged with: , ,  Comments Off on Developer Challenge Announcement
Jun 152012
 
Image of Lord Kitchener Your Country Needs You Poster.

"Bletchley Park - Block B - The Bletchley Park Story - Your Country Needs You - poster" by Flickr user Elliott Brown / ell brown

OR2012 kicks off in just three weeks time and as the date approaches we will be getting prepared to ensure you have a fantastic experience at the event, whether attending in person or taking an interest from further afield.

We will be live blogging all of the keynotes and many more presentations throughout the week as well as tweeting key updates and information for delegates and interested #OR2012 hashtag watchers. Although we will have some bloggers, tweeters and other dedicated social media amplifiers along for the week we also need your help!

Blogging
If you are interested in taking part in the blogging around the event – either on the OR2012 site or from the comfort of your own blog – then do get in touch. We are particularly keen to here from those who might be able and interested to summarise workshops and user group meetings.

Tweeting
You may already be aware of our hashtag, #OR2012, and we welcome your comments, updates and discussion here. Twitter users might also like to sign up to our lanyrd page to start meeting fellow tweeting delegates. We will also be grabbing the most interesting tweets, blogs posts, and other web coverage for a special Storify that we will make available after the event so do let us know your highlights!

Photographs
If you are planning on bringing your camera along to the event then we would love to see your images and have set up a Flickr Group for these. Do get in touch with your Flickr username if you would like to be added to the group.

And finally if you haven’t had a look already now is a perfect time to take a look at the OR2012 Crowdvine and start introducing yourself to your fellow delegates. It’s a great place to start getting an idea of shared interests, set up chats and meetings around the event and just get to know some friendly faces.

If you have any questions about any of the above or think we’ve missed something important out please do leave comments here or get in touch with Nicola Osborne (nicola.osborne@ed.ac.uk).

 June 15, 2012  Posted by at 1:11 pm Updates Tagged with: , , ,  2 Responses »
Jun 112012
 

We are counting down to the Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012) on 9-13th July, 2012 and are delighted to announce that we are able to extend the Early Booking rate until Monday 18th June. The Early Booking rate is £295 with a full-price rate of £350 thereafter. There is also a day rate of £115.

As a reminder delegates can register for OR2012 via the conference electronic payment system (http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/registration/).

The draft programme is available at: https://www.conftool.net/or2012/sessions.php. This is provisional and, as such, timings may change. Further details including Pecha Kucha and Repository Fringe sessions, closing keynote, session chairs etc will also be incorporated in the coming days. Please check the website for updates.

Delegates can also register for the workshops on Monday and Tuesday at http://www.or2012.eventbrite.com. Please note that the workshops are free but you will need the EDN number from your receipt from the conference electronic payment system to register for the workshops.

Accommodation is booked separately –
http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/delegates/accommodation/.

Additional information about the conference is provided on the OR2012
website – http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh for OR2012.

 June 11, 2012  Posted by at 10:30 am Updates Comments Off on Early Booking extended to 18th June
Jun 012012
 

We are pleased to announce that the draft programme for the Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012) on 9-13 July, 2012 is now available at:
https://www.conftool.net/or2012/sessions.php

This is provisional and, as such, timings may change. Further details including Pecha Kucha and Repository Fringe sessions, closing keynote, session chairs etc will
also be incorporated in the coming days. Please check the website for updates.

As a reminder, delegates can register for OR2012 via the conference electronic payment system (http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/registration/). The early booking rate of £295 is available until 11 June 2012 with a full-price rate of £350 thereafter. There is also a day rate of £115.

Delegates can also register for the workshops on Monday and Tuesday at http://www.or2012.eventbrite.com. Please note that the workshops are free but you will need the EDN number from your receipt from the conference electronic payment system to register for the workshops.

Accommodation is booked separately – http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/delegates/accommodation/

Additional information about the conference is provided on the OR2012 website – http://or2012.ed.ac.uk/

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh for OR2012.

 June 1, 2012  Posted by at 6:22 pm Updates Comments Off on OR2012 – draft programme now available
May 182012
 

Registration for OR2012 workshops on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th July is now open and available at http://www.or2012.eventbrite.com.
Please note that the workshops are free but you will need the EDN number from your conference registration receipt in order to register for the workshops.

The early booking rate of £295 has been extended to 11 June 2012 with a full-price rate of £350 thereafter. There is also a day rate of £115 now available.
Accommodation is booked separately.

We are also pleased to announce that Dr Cameron Neylon, recently appointed Director of Advocacy at the Public Library of Science (PLoS) will provide the opening keynote for OR2012. Cameron is well known in the scientific community, recognized for his professionalism, experience, vision and influence in scholarly publishing, communication, and research. His attendance at the Budapest Open Access Initiative meeting, advisory role for the Scholarly Communication in Africa Program, and leadership of the Open Society Foundation funded Beyond Impact project are recent examples of his focus on web technology to enhance research communication. After earning his PhD in Chemistry from Australian National University, Cameron worked as a Wellcome Trust International Fellow at the University of Bath; a lecturer in chemical biology at the University of Southampton; and most recently a senior scientist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK. He has also served as an academic editor for PLoS ONE-one of many commitments he will transition prior to joining PLoS in early July 2012. An updated version of the programme including User Group Session details will be announced early next week.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh for OR2012.

 May 18, 2012  Posted by at 5:56 pm Updates Comments Off on OR2012 workshop booking open, keynote announced and early registration extended
Apr 302012
 

We’re happy to announce a draft outline programme for this year’s Open Repositories conference which shows you what is happening on each day. It’s available as a PDF linked to the thumbnail image in this article. We’re not currently in a position to announce detailed schedules for every paper and workshop (although workshop timings should be available very soon) but we hope that the outline programme is enough to help you with travel planning.

Overall we’re expecting to run 16 workshops. These will take place in parallel on Monday all day and Tuesday morning. Most are half days but some are whole days. We’re still discussing details with some workshop organisers, but confirmed titles already include:

  • Multirepository Deposit to an Open Educational Repository and Institutional Archive at the same time
  • Hydra 101: An Introduction to Hydra and Collaborating in the Hydra Community
  • DSpace XMLUI
  • Institutional data repositories – roles, shapes and forms
  • UK RepositoryNet+
  • Software repositories and their links with institutional research repositories

Following lunch and the opening plenary on Tuesday we’ll have a minute madness session for all poster presenters whilst we’ve still got you all in one room. We then split off for the first parallel sessions of papers, which continue throughout Wednesday and for the first session on Thursday morning. Tuesday evening sees an opening reception at Edinburgh University’s Playfair Library where the posters will be available for viewing; they will then be moved back to the main conference venue in Appleton Tower for the remainder of the conference. Tuesday will also see the start of this year’s developer challenge and of Edinburgh’s unique Repository Fringe, moved to early July this year in honour of OR2012. Both will continue throughout Wednesday and more details will be announced when they are available.

Wednesday will also see a third, more informal strand given over to Pecha Kucha presentations and user-organised Birds of a Feather sessions. We will be publicising a timetable for the PK talks once confirmations have been sent out in mid-May, but other aspects of this strand will have an unconference flavour whose nature and timing will be controlled by you, the delegates.

The closing plenary will come just before lunch on Thursday, after which there will be a day and a half of user group activities for Eprints, DSpace and Fedora users and developers.

 April 30, 2012  Posted by at 3:55 pm Updates Tagged with: , , ,  1 Response »
Mar 302012
 

We are pleased to announce that delegate registration for Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2012) is now open via the conference electronic payment system.

The early booking rate of £295 is available until 21st May. Accommodation is booked separately.

The theme and title of the 2012 conference – Open Services for Open Content: Local In for Global Out – reflects the current move towards open content, ‘augmented content’, distributed systems and data delivery infrastructures.

Dates: 9 – 13 July 2012

Additional information about the conference is provided on the OR2012 website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh for OR2012.

 March 30, 2012  Posted by at 4:25 pm Updates Tagged with: , , ,  Comments Off on Delegate registration is now open
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 »