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Open Repositories 2011, "Collaboration and Community: The Social Mechanics of Repository Systems"

Austin, Texas What is the role of social interactions within repository technical communities in developing strong, distributed services and cyberinfrastructure to create open access to and preservation of our shared digital heritage? The Sixth Annual International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11) communities will address that question in the state capital of Texas, Austin, often billed as "The Live Music Capital of the World,” from June 8-11, 2011 at the AT& T Conference Center. This popular conference will be hosted by the University of Texas, featuring general conference and user group sessions as well as workshops, poster sessions, minute madness and new kinds of sessions designed to bring everyone into this lively exchange of ideas.

Mark McFarland, this year's OR11 host organizing committee chair, has announced that the conference web site is now open, and additional registration and hotel information is now available.

You can view the OR11 website at:

To view accommodation options, please visit:


As both social and technical constructs, digital repositories must blend technology with the interests and efforts of developers, managers and users. Repositories must connect their technologies and services to user communities in order to provide value; technologists must collaborate with other practitioners in order to integrate, enrich and sustain solutions. Recognizing the ever-growing importance of social dynamics to repository success, the primary theme of this year's Open Repositories conference is Collaboration and Community: The Social Mechanics of Repository Systems.

The program committee encourages proposals explore or demonstrate this theme, including...

• building, scaling and sustaining inter-institutional efforts in digital repository space
• user-focused service design, and models that align with scholarly and research community practices
• sustainability and business models that support repository services over the long term
• key success factors and common stumbling blocks in building collaborations among technologists, users & managers
• tools, techniques and practices that build team with heterogeneous skill sets
• training & skills development for repository developers and managers
• areas of opportunity and need for the repository community to collaborate further

Proposals dealing with repository design, technology, infrastructure, and data are also welcome, especially those dealing with recent developments, novel approaches, theoretical frameworks, or practical advances in the themes of...

• repository architectures
• interoperability of repositories with repositories, applications and web-based services
• cloud-based applications, services, storage and computing (Software-, Platform-, Infrastructure As A Service)
• integration with storage, infrastructure and middleware systems
• metadata standards, data modeling and linked data
• repositories in information lifecycle management, integration with scholarly and publishing workflows
• data curation infrastructure, services & workflows
• case studies in particular domains
• operation at scale
• repository metrics, evaluation, and bibliometrics

Open Repositories is an annual conference that brings together an international community of stakeholders engaged in the development, management, and application of digital repositories. Through a program of presentations, panels, posters, tutorials and workshops, attendees exchange knowledge, best practices and ideas on strategic, technical, theoretical and practical issues. International user group meetings of open repository technologies (DSpace, EPrints, Fedora) will also take place in concert with the main conference; agendas and details for these programs will be announced later.

For repository communities Microservices have emerged as a way to find alternatives to, or supplement repository platforms such as DSpace, Fedora, and ePrints. A panel discussion of the role of microservices as an alternative or a supplement to repository platforms such as DSpace, Fedora, and ePrints, which many Open Repositories attendees do not use will be offered at OR11 to encourage discussions in the the DSpace, Fedora, and ePrints communities about microservices and their role in cross-repository interoperability.

For the first time at OR11 a 90 minute Pecha Kucha session will be offered featuring a series of six to nine 6 minute presentations, capped at 20 slides each, based on a common theme for each series. Taking advantage of a presentation format that is both fast-paced and focused will compliment minute madness poster session with another way to interact with current repository projects and research. Pecha Kucha presentations will be followed by a 20-30 minute Q&A / open discussion session.

Some candidate themes may be:

• demonstrate your cloud-based approach to repository solutions

• show a tool you've developed / found that can integrate into others' repositories

• novel approaches to user interactions with repository systems


Interested parties can submit proposals for the conference using the online submission system on the Open Repositories 2011 website. The deadline for proposal submissions is Feb. 28, 2011.

To use the online submission system, go the Open Repositories 2011 website and select the Proposal Submission link on the right-hand side of the page under Conference Information. You will be required to log into the system to submit a proposal.

1.)    Log in to the conference website.

After clicking on Proposal Submission, you will be taken to a login page. If you already have an account for the website, you can enter your existing account information. If you are new to the site, you must register by creating a new user account.

Creating a new account requires filling in a few brief fields on a web form. Be sure that the AUTHOR checkbox is selected at the end of the form and click CREATE.

2.)    Make the submission.

Once you have completed the form, you will be taken directly to the proposal submission section.

Follow the instructions provided in the submission interface to submit your proposal. Be sure to indicate the conference track for which you are submitting a proposal.

If you have questions or difficulties in using the online submission system, please contact the Helpdesk sponsored by the Texas Digital Library at


All Submissions (Papers, Panels, Workshops, Posters, Pecha Kuchas, User Groups)

• Submission Date: February 28, 2011

• Notification Date Papers and Panels: April 4, 2011

• Notification Date Posters, Pecha Kucha, Workshops:  April 14, 2011

• Notification Date User Groups: April 14, 2011


OR11 Conference Program Chair, Tom Cramer, Stanford University Libraries, has
announced that this year's keynote speakers are Jim Jagielski, President of the Apache
Software Foundation (ASF) and Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for
Networked Information (confirmation pending) (CNI). Cramer said, “ These two individuals have contributed
to bringing together and sustaining significant open source communities in support of
ongoing software improvements that benefit many, many communities and initiatives."


Host Organizing Committee: Mark McFarland:

Program Chair: Tom Cramer: tom

User Group Meeting Chairs:

- DSpace: Valorie Hollister (interim chair):
- EPrints: Les Carr:
- Fedora: Bess Sadler: