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[InetBib] Call for Proposals - Open Repositories 2019: All the user needs

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen,

ich moechte Sie auf den Call for Proposals fuer die Open Repositories Konferenz 
2019 aufmerksam machen – diesmal in Hamburg. Wir freuen uns ueber ihre 


The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be held 
June 10-13th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The organisers are pleased to invite 
you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:


Repository services are developed and maintained for the benefit of their 
users. In a global digital research environment this requires interoperable 
services designed around user needs. In order to create the backbone of a 
successful open science environment, repositories need to move beyond 
stand-alone systems and articulate an exciting vision for the future of 
research globally. This requires us to combine a realistic understanding of the 
potential of technology with an assessment of the policy environment and an 
engagement with the needs of our users. Researchers and other content providers 
need our help to make their work visible and to make an impact on society. 
Easy, straightforward access to and reusability of information are driving 
forces for repositories, open access, open data and open cultural heritage.

Not all of our users are human. In addition to people we are now working with 
increasingly smart machines to organise and discover knowledge. To make this 
cooperation as seamless and effective as possible, we need interfaces that are 
easy to understand and easy to use. In light of recent research on artificial 
intelligence, we may need to reinterpret our prior ideas of the core 
competencies and skills required for the repository mission to succeed.


OR2019 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways 
repositories interact with their users. We hope that this discussion will give 
the participants new insights and new inspiration, which will help them to play 
a key role in developing, supporting and sharing an open agenda and open tools 
for research and scholarship.

We welcome proposals on the overall user-centered theme, but also on other 
theoretical, practical, organisational or administrative topics related to 
digital repositories. We are particularly interested in the following themes:

1. Understanding user needs and user experience

* User research and engagement
* User experience design for repository services
* Better user experience through data and workflow integration
* Improving repository user interfaces

2. Discovery, use and impact

* Increasing content visibility in search engines and discovery systems
* Open access discovery, research data discovery
* Tools for researchers, interfaces for machines
* The role of aggregation services
* Measuring use and impact

3. Repositories - evolution or revolution?

* Beyond the repository: using repository platforms for purposes not originally 
* Convergence with other types of systems (e.g. current research information 
systems, digital asset management systems, journal publishing platforms, 
library service platforms)
* Interoperability vs integration: will repositories survive as stand-alone 
* The developing role of repositories in the scholarly communications and 
research information systems ecosystem (e.g. the Next Generation Repositories 
* New models for scholarly sharing (e.g. blockchain)
* Data mining, artificial intelligence and machine learning

4. Supporting open scholarship and cultural heritage

* Providing access to different types of materials (e.g. research data, 
scholarly articles, pre prints and overlay journals, open access monographs, 
theses and dissertations, educational resources, archival and cultural heritage 
materials, audiovisual materials, software, interactive publications and 
emerging formats)
* Workflows and support services for the repository users
* Training, communication and outreach
* Long-term access and preservation
* Repositories as digital humanities and open science platforms
* Working with large and complex data sets

5. Open and sustainable

* Service and business models that meet user needs
* Local systems vs repository as a service
* The expanding role of service providers in the repository landscape, pros and 
* Sustainability of the open source community model
* Securing long-term funding for open infrastructures
* Open business models and open governance for open infrastructures

6. Policies, licensing and the law

* Impact of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and copyright laws
* Publisher policies, embargoes and rights retention
* Licenses, use and re-use of content
* ‘Closed’ material in ‘open’ repositories
* Compliance and impact of funder policies (e.g. Plan S) on repositories

7. How can metadata and standards help our users?

* Development and standardisation of repository metadata
* Data models and entities
* Linked open data and repositories
* Persistent identifiers (e.g. DOI, Handle, URN, ORCID, ISNI)
* Open citations
* International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)

8. Repositories and global knowledge

* Integration with other open knowledge resources (e.g. Wikimedia and Wikidata)
* National vs global solutions
* Repository systems and language barriers
* Repositories in the global south
* User needs in developing countries


Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the 
conference’s website. Later, the presentations and associated materials will be 
made available in an open repository. Some conference sessions may be live 
streamed or recorded, then made publicly available.

A selection of the best proposals may be expanded into formal papers after the 
conference and published in the OR2019 proceedings (open access, no article 
processing charge) in cooperation with a scholarly publisher. However, this is 
not mandatory.

# Presentations #

Presentation proposals are expected to be two to four pages. Successful 
submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide 
audience and applicable beyond a single software system.

Presentations are 30 minutes long including discussion.

# Panels #

Panel proposals are expected to be two to four pages. Successful submissions in 
past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and 
applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include 
at least some degree of diversity in viewpoints and personal background of the 

Panels can be 60 or 90 minutes long. Panels may take an entire session or may 
be combined with another submission.

# 24×7 Presentations #

Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one to two pages. 24×7 presentations 
are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24x7 
presentations have a clear focus on one or a few ideas and a narrower focus 
than a 30 minute presentation. Rants or raves are also welcome, as long as they 
are on topic.

Presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each 
block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the 
audience and all block presenters.

# Posters #

We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work. OR2019 
will feature physical posters only. Instructions for preparing the posters will 
be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. 
The organisers will offer a poster printing service to the poster presenters. 
Poster presenters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser at a Minute 
Madness session to encourage visitors to their poster during the poster 

# Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Imaginative Innovation #

Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open Repositories are 
software developers who work on repository software or related services. OR2019 
will feature a Developer Track that will provide a focus for showcasing work 
and exchanging ideas.

We invite members of the technical community to share the features, systems, 
tools and best practices that are important to you (see below for submission 

The 15-20 minute presentations can be as informal as you like, but we encourage 
live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and 
the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community possess. Proposals 
should be one to two pages, including a title, a brief outline of what will be 
shared with the community, and technologies covered. Developers are also 
encouraged to contribute to the other tracks.

# Ideas Challenge #

OR2019 will also again include the Ideas Challenge. Taking part in this 
competition provides an opportunity to take an active role in repository 
innovation, in collaboration with your peers and in pursuit of prizes. The 
Ideas Challenge is open to all conference attendees. Further details and 
guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming closer to the conference.

# Workshops and tutorials #

The first day of Open Repositories will be dedicated to workshops and 
tutorials. One to two-page proposals addressing theoretical or practical issues 
around digital repositories and other related platforms are welcomed. Please 
address the following in your proposal:

* The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
* Length of session (90 minutes, 3 hours or a whole day)
* A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
* The target audience for your session and how many attendees you plan to 
* How you plan to engage the audience in the session
* Technology and facility requirements
* Any other supplies or support required
* Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session


The OR2019 proposal templates help you prepare an effective submission. 
Templates for different submission types are available at the conference web 
site (http://or2019.net/cfp). Templates are available in Microsoft Word, Open 
Document Format and Plain Text. Submission in PDF format is preferred.



The system will be open for submissions starting from November 19, 2018.


All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria 
outlined in the call for proposals, including quality of content, significance, 
originality, and thematic fit.

Please note, the program committee may consider submissions for other tracks 
and formats, as appropriate.


The OR2019 Code of Conduct and Anti-Harassment Policy are available at 
http://or2019.net/coc/ and http://or2019.net/ahp/.


OR2019 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide 
support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster 
reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Hamburg. The programme 
is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in 
digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the 
conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Full details and 
an application form will shortly be available on the conference website.


9 January 2019: Deadline for submissions
16 January 2019: Deadline for Scholarship Programme applications
6 February 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of workshop proposals
13 February 2019: Registration opens
4 March 2019: Scholarship Programme winners notified
4 March 2019: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24x7, 
poster and developer track proposals
15 April 2019: Close of Early Bird registration
10-13 June 2019: OR2019 conference


Program Co-Chairs
Jyrki Ilva, National Library of Finland
Jessica Lindholm, Chalmers University of Technology
Torsten Reimer, British Library

Local Hosts
Universität Hamburg
Center for Sustainable Research Data Management
Contact: or2019.fdm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Website and Social Media
Conference website:  http://or2019.net/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/ORConference/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpenRepos
Hashtag: #OpenRepo2019

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