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.

Jan 092012

Open Repositories 2012 – “Open Services for Open Content: Local In/Global Out”

:: UPDATE:: The submission date for OR2012 have been extended to 5th March 2012 – please see the most recent update for more information. 

This year’s Open Repositories conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland between Monday 9th July and Friday 13th July 2012. We’re now inviting you to consider what you can contribute to the conference programme.

Repositories are established in many ways as systems, as services, and as infrastructure for many types of content in an increasingly varied range of institutions. They now demonstrate how action on a local scale can have global consequences – for the institutions hosting repositories, for those who deposit content in them, and for society as a whole. Some actions, however, are only effective when coordinated at national, domain or global scale. Understanding the change repositories can bring about, the changes they themselves need to undergo, and the areas in which local action is sufficient are key themes of this year’s conference. We’re interested in hearing about:

• Augmented content – and mediation and ownership of augmentation
• Delivery of non-traditional content
• Embedded repository service components
• Shared and collaborative repository infrastructure and services
• Open services that feed, support and consume repository services and content, such as identification services
• Enabling content re-use
• Long-term preservation in and of repositories and their content
• Lessons learned about the difficulties of creating global services from local roots

and any other topic that you think is relevant to our major themes.

The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues: across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving. The current economic climate dictates that repositories operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.

Submissions can take the form of abstracts, posters, demos and workshops – more details are given below. We will consider any submission that seems to us sufficiently original and repository-related to merit attention at this event, but we’ll give preference to submissions that address our primary theme.

The programme will also include the developer challenge and space for sessions in the spirit of Edinburgh’s successful ‘Repository Fringe’ ( event. Further details of these segments of the programme will be announced nearer the time; they will include substantial aspects of the un-conference – an event whose format is controlled by its attendees.

Submission process

Conference papers
We welcome two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that deal with organizational, theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories and repository services that are not specific to a particular technical platform. Abstracts of accepted papers will be made available through the conference’s web site, and later they and associated materials will be made available in a repository intended for current and future OR content. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will automatically be considered for inclusion, as appropriate as a User Group presentation.

User Group Presentations
Two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that focus on use of one of the major repository platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) are invited from developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to these technical platforms.

Posters and demos
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.

Workshops and Tutorials
Workshops will take place before and after the conference; they will require proposals and can be closely or loosely attached to the conference. Closely attached workshops will have registration & venues arranged by OR2012 organisers; loosely attached workshops are the responsibility of the organizers, but OR2012 will co-promote them if they are accepted.

PLEASE submit your paper, poster, demo or workshop proposal through the conference system. The conference system will be linked from the conference web site ( and will be available for submissions in January 2012.

Key dates and contacts

:: UPDATE:: Key dates now amended to reflect new March deadline for papers, workshops and user group sessions
2012-03-05 Deadline for papers, workshops & user group sessions
2012-03-31 Deadline for posters and demos
2012-04-06 Workshop/paper submitters notified
2012-05-11 Poster/demo submitters notified
2012-07-09 Conference pre-workshops begin

Get these dates in your diary, and start thinking now about what your contribution will be and the change you want to make. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh in July

Kevin Ashley
On behalf of the programme committee & the local organising committee of OR2012

 January 9, 2012  Posted by at 5:06 pm Updates 15 Responses »
Nov 102011

Open Repositories 2012 International Conference Comes to Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh Information Services, EDINA, and the Digital Curation Centre are delighted to announce that the University of Edinburgh has been selected to host the Seventh International Conference on Open Repositories (OR12) from Monday 9th to Friday 13th July, 2012.

The University George Square Campus is located in the centre of Edinburgh a short distance from the iconic Edinburgh Castle in the Old Town and numerous attractions, venues, restaurants and pubs.

Open Repositories is run by an international steering committee of experts, and has been the pre-eminent conference for repository managers, researchers and developers to share developments across national boundaries and technical platforms since 2006. OR 2011 was hosted at the University of Texas, Austin USA; OR 2010 was hosted in Madrid.

The theme and title of the 2012 conference at Edinburgh – Open Services for Open Content: Local In for Global Out – reflects the current move towards open content, ‘augmented content’, distributed systems, microservices and data delivery infrastructures. Kevin Ashley, Director of the Digital Curation Centre (DCC) will chair the Programme Committee.

The conference will have both general conference sessions and open user group meetings for the three main open source repository platforms: DSpace, Fedora, and EPrints. There will also be a strand for the popular ‘Repository Fringe’, an informal, creative gathering of repository managers and developers which has been hosted at the University of Edinburgh each year since 2008 – to coincide with the internationally well known Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Whether integrated into external research, or teaching and learning workflows, repositories form a key component to ensure that digital output within academic institutions can be accessed more widely. They are changing the nature of scholarly communication across universities, research laboratories, libraries and publishers. Repositories are now being deployed across sectors (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and at all levels (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues: across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving. The current economic climate dictates that repositories operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.

The University of Edinburgh retains a unique position in the UK’s repository landscape, serving as home to:

  • The Digital Curation Centre, the UK’s leading hub of expertise and national focus for research and development into digital curation. The DCC promotes good practice and training in the management of all research outputs in digital format. See for more.
  • EDINA, the JISC-funded national data centre at the University, supporting all universities and colleges across the UK. EDINA delivers a range of online data services including a number of repository initiatives: Open Access Repository Junction,, and ShareGeo Open. See for more.
  • The Data Library provides research data support for university researchers and hosts the Edinburgh DataShare repository service for researchers to deposit and share research data.
  • DLS supports repositories of research publications to support the University’s Open Access Publications Policy and is currently implementing a Current Research Information System (CRIS). DLS also provides technical and administrative support to the Scottish Digital Library Consortium (SDLC), which provides repository services to universities across Scotland.
  • The University’s School of Informatics supports IDEALab, a virtual laboratory that facilitates prototyping of novel applications of state-of-art informatic technologies, forming part of the New Institute for eResearch. See for more.

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 November 10, 2011  Posted by at 2:03 pm Press Release Comments Off on OR 2012 press release