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[InetBib] Call for Proposals - Open Repositories 2020 - "Open for All"

The 15th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2020 
https://or2020.sun.ac.za/, will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 
June 2020. The organisers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the 
program. This year’s conference theme is:

Open for all

In today’s world, access to knowledge by all is viewed by some as a fundamental 
freedom and human right. In our societies, open knowledge for all can enable 
sustainable development and growth on many levels. How well do repositories 
support knowledge in the service of society? How well do they enable local 
knowledge sharing and support not only academic use, but also use in education 
and practice?

Invitation to participate

OR2020 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways 
repositories enable openness for all. We hope that this discussion will give 
the participants new insights and 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 particularly welcome proposals on the overall “Open for All” theme, but also 
on other administrative, organisational or practical topics related to digital 
repositories. We are particularly interested in the following sub-themes:

1. Equity and democratization of knowledge
Accessibility of repositories and their content
Equity and democratization of knowledge
Inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented voices
Local knowledge sharing
Moving beyond traditional academic content and services, supporting educators 
and practitioners
Supporting knowledge in the service of society, encouraging non-academic use
Enabling access to governmental publications/data
Addressing language barriers

2. Beyond the repository
Integration with other open knowledge resources (e.g. Wikimedia and Wikidata)
Next Generation Repositories, Pubfair
Convergence and integration with other types of systems (e.g. current research 
information systems, digital asset management systems, publishing platforms, 
Interoperability vs integration
New models for scholarly sharing
Data mining, artificial intelligence and machine learning

3. Open and sustainable
Local systems vs repository as a service
Securing long-term funding for open infrastructures
Open business models and governance for open infrastructures
Sustaining community-based infrastructure

4. Policies, licensing and copyright laws
Impact of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), POPIA (Protection of 
Personal Information Act) and copyright laws
Publisher policies, embargoes and rights retention
Licenses and re-use of content
Compliance and impact of funder policies (e.g. Plan S) on repositories

5. Discovery, use and impact
Data/metadata visualization
Open access discovery, research data discovery
Tools for researchers and practitioners, interfaces for machines
Measuring impact particularly outside of the academic context.
Supporting use by practitioners.

6. 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)
Repositories as digital humanities and open science platforms
Inclusion of marginalized and underrepresented voices

Submission Categories: Presentations, Panels, 24×7 Presentations, Posters, 
Developer Track, Workshops and Tutorials

Submission System
The system will be open for submissions by the end of November and the link 
will be on the conference website (https://or2020.sun.ac.za/).

Review Process
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. The program committee makes the final decisions 
on inclusion in the conference. If you would like to volunteer to be a 
reviewer, please contact the program committee below.

Also, please note that the program committee may accept a submission with the 
requirement that it move to another format (a presentation to a poster, for 
example). In such cases, submitters will have the opportunity to make a 
decision on whether to accept or decline such a move.

Code of Conduct
The OR2020 Code of Conduct is available at 
https://or2020.sun.ac.za/code-of-conduct/. We expect submitters to hold to the 
Code of Conduct in their proposals, presentations, and conduct at the 

Fellowship Programme
OR2020 will again run a Fellowship 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 Stellenbosch. 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, 
and preference will be given to applicants from the African continent. Full 
details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference 

Key Dates
13 January 2020: Deadline for submissions
20 January 2020: Deadline for Fellowship Programme applications
10 February 2020: Submitters notified of acceptance of workshop proposals
10 February 2020: Registration opens
17 February 2020: Fellowship Programme winners notified
9 March 2020: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24×7, 
poster and developer track proposals
20 April 2019: Close of Early Bird registration
1-4 June 2020: OR2020 conference

Program Co-Chairs
Iryna Kuchma, EIFL
Lazarus Matizirofa, University of Pretoria
Dr Daisy Selematsela, University of South Africa


Local Hosts
Stellenbosch University
Library and Information Service
Contact: Mimi Seyffert-Wirth (mseyf@xxxxxxxxx<mailto:mseyf@xxxxxxxxx> / 

Website and Social Media
Website: https://or2020.sun.ac.za/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpenRepo2020
Hashtag: #openrepos2020
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORConference

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