4th Annual Open Repositories Conference


Submission Deadline extended to 2/26/09

Repositories are being deployed in a variety of environments (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and contexts (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). Regardless of setting, context or scale, repositories are increasingly expected to operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities. It is the aim of the Open Repositories Conference to bring together individuals and organizations responsible for the conception, development, implementation and management of digital repositories, as well as stakeholders who interact with them, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues.

A program of papers, panel discussions, poster presentations, user groups, and workshops or tutorials will bring together all the key stakeholders in the field. Open source software community meetings for the major platforms (EPrints, DSpace and Fedora) will also provide opportunities to advance and coordinate the development of repository installations across the world.

Submission Instructions

Conference Proposals: We welcome two- to four-page proposals for presentations or panels that discuss theoretical, practical, or administrative issues of digital repositories that focus on areas represented by the conference themes. Abstracts of accepted proposals will be made available through the conference’s OCS site; all presentations and related materials used in the program sessions will be deposited in the upcoming Open Repositories 2009 community in Georgia Tech’s institutional repository, SMARTech (http://SMARTech.gatech.edu).

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.

Posters: We also invite developers, researchers, repository managers, administrators and practitioners to submit one-page proposals for posters.

Workshops: Proposals for workshops for repository managers and developers can be accommodated on day four (May 21, 2009) of the conference. Please contact the local arrangements team for inquiries about workshop facilities at or09info@library.gatech.edu.

Please submit your proposal through the OCS system administered by Georgia Tech. The OCS system will be linked from the conference web site (http://conferences.library.gatech.edu/or/or09) and will be available for submissions as of December 1, 2008.

Important Dates and Contact Info

2009-02-06: Submission deadline for Conference proposals (presentations or panels)
2009-03-06: Notification of acceptance, Conference proposals

2009-02-06: Submission deadline for Workshops
2009-03-06: Notification of acceptance, Workshops

2009-03-06: Submission of User Group Proposals
2009-04-03: Notification of acceptance, User Group proposals

2009-03-19: Submission of Poster Proposals
2009-04-10: Notification of acceptance, Poster proposals

2009-05-18 Conference

Inquiries to:

DSpace User Group meeting Chair michele@dspace.org
Fedora User Group meeting Chair spayette@fedora-commons.org
EPrints User Group meeting Chair lac@ecs.soton.ac.uk
Program Committee Chair John.B.Howard@ASU.edu
Host Organizing Committee or09info@library.gatech.edu

Conference Themes


  • Repositories and scientific workflows
  • Managing the lifecycle for scientific data
  • Repositories for qualitative data, the humanities, social sciences, virtual organizations, grid/cloud computing, etc.
  • Integrating with publishing and publishing platforms
  • Repositories and HPC applications (models and simulations; visualization)
  • Integrating with other infrastructure platforms (e.g., SRB, iRODS)
  • Scaling repositories to the demands of e-science


  • Organizational and financial sustainability, business models
  • Organizational and strategic context of repositories (libraries, archives, institutes, etc.)
  • Challenges in staffing digital repository and cyberinfrastructure services: recruitment; professional education; professional development; defining the roles and expertise of data curators and data scientists; training the next generation of repository managers
  • Organizational synergies and collaboration
  • Sustaining content over time: preservation; audit; certification; assessment; demonstrating value
  • Repository policies and governance
  • Embedding repositories in business processes and workflows
  • Repository services and organizational culture
  • Strategies for engaging with science and social science communities
  • Making the case for organizational investment in repository services


  • Integration and interoperability issues among repository platforms
  • Collaboration among repository
  • Integration of repositories with software tools and workflows
  • Building federated repositories
  • Developing computational services and interfaces across distributed repositories
  • Achieving interoperability across administrative and disciplinary domains: technical and cultural challenges
  • Middleware topics (integration with access management frameworks, workflow management systems, etc.)
  • Content standards – discipline-specific vs general
  • Metadata standards and application profiles
  • Quality standards and quality control processes


  • Virtual organizations
  • OAI services
  • Social networking, annotation / tagging, personalization
  • Searching / information discovery
  • Multi-stakeholder value: preservation, open access, research, management, administration
  • Multi-agenda, multi-function, multi-purpose repositories
  • Usefulness and usability
  • Interfaces between repositories and scholarly publications or publishing platforms
  • Reference, reuse, reanalysis, re-interpretation, and repurposing of content
  • Citation of data / learning objects
  • Repository metrics
  • Bibliometrics: usage and impact


  • E- research/E-science (e.g., data and publication; collaborative services)
  • E-scholarship
  • Discipline-oriented repositories
  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Digital Library
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Scientific repositories / data repositories
  • Repositories that operate across multiple disciplines, organizations, and sectors (private/public; higher education/government; etc.)

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