Call for Contributions – DSpace User Group Meeting at Open Repositories 2012


This is the Call for Contributions for the DSpace User Group Meeting which will take place at Open Repositories 2012. It has also been circulated to appropriate DSpace mailing lists.

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

9-13 July, University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland

The DSpace User Group is looking for engaging contributions to OR 2012 to inform and enrich the community of developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners who work within the DSpace repository environment. As stated in the main conference call for papers, user group proposals are invited describing novel experiences or developments in the construction and use of repositories involving issues specific to the DSpace platform.

Key dates

5th Mar 2012 Deadline for user group sessions
6th Apr 2012 Notification of acceptance
12-13 July 2012 DSpace User Group Meeting at Open Repositories 2012


In the spirit of the Repository Fringe tradition at Edinburgh, this year we are especially open to a range of interactive formats for contributions, such as panels, tutorials, facilitated round table discussions, stories, or presentations of varying length. Please indicate such intentions in your proposal.

The following themes may assist but should not limit your imagination:

  • Interesting/novel uses of DSpace
  • Impact of repositories on a local or global community; supporting open scholarship in different ways
  • Enhancing the user experience: custom themes, unique features, data visualisation tools, PDF readers, image galleries, video streaming…
  • Easing the deposit process: batch ingest, metadata mining or automated publishers’ lookup…
  • Integration with other software: Using DSpace with CRIS systems, iTunesU, Content Management Systems, reference management applications, SWORD, REST API …
  • Usage statistics: gearing up DSpace for the ‘impact agenda’, using Google Analytics with DSpace, using alt-metrics, displaying download statistics for users and communities in engaging ways
  • Curation tools and preservation policy issues: using the new DSpace native tools in workflows; towards the Trusted Repository; Duracloud implementation
  • Use of faceted search and other discovery enhancements
  • Applying metadata standards within DSpace; Linked Open Data
  • Customising DSpace; XML User Interface modifications
  • Working in an Open Source community: use of Duraspace collaboration tools

Submitting your proposal
Visit the Open Repositories 2012 conference website:

The submission system is online now. To keep up with developments, follow @openrepos2012 on Twitter or check the website often. For enquiries, please contact the DSpace User Group Chair, Robin Rice, or the local organisers,