Session Recording

We are recording all sessions apart from workshops. Recordings include a view of the speaker as well as the slides showing. We asked registrants whether they want to to be recorded or not and have a list of participants who opted out. We will delete the recordings of these participants when doing the cutting and adding the metadata. The discussions after the presentations will be deleted, too, since we can’t really know who’s talking.

The recordings will be made available at the University’s Lecture2go portal first under a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license. They will possibly also be added to the OR repository that will hold all the other conference material.

Getting to the Conference Dinner

Boarding the “MS Hamburg”, where the conference dinner takes place, will start at 18:30 and the ship will leave at 19:00 straight. The boat will be at the “Überseebrücke“, which is near the public transit stations “Landungsbrücken” or “Baumwall”.

Because of construction work at the Landungsbrücken station, the U3 line does not stop there (it does not even go there). The lines S1, S2 and S3 do stop at Landungsbrücken, though, and the U3 from the direction Rathaus does stop at the Baumwall station. So when starting from Dammtor Station, here’s some options on how to get there – your ticket is on your name badge.

Plan S Panel participants

The participants of the Plan S Panel, taking place on Wednesday, 15:30-17:00 at lecture hall B, are now fixed:

  • Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Library and Information Services, Stellenbosch University
  • Iryna Kuchma, Open Access Programme Manager, EIFL
  • Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, Confederation of Open Access Repositories (COAR)
  • Neil Jacobs, Head of Open Science and Research Lifecycle, Jisc, and interim programme manager, cOAlition S
  • Nick Shockey, Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC, and founding Director of the Right to Research Coalition
  • Richard Jones, Founder, Cottage Labs
  • Torsten Reimer, Head of Research Services, British Library (panel chair)

Room changes

Some workshops have changed rooms: The DSpace Workshops (beginner & advanced) as well as the COUNTER Workshop moved to West 121, The Samvera Workshops and the Algorithmic Awareness Workshop moved to East 120.

Three days to go…

Only three days until the workshops sessions start. We’ve added room numbers to the workshops page and added a map of the venue to the location page.

All that information can also be found in the printed program that you will be handed with your conference material at registration. If you want to take a look at it before, here’s the PDF.

People arriving at the venue should always first got to the registration desk to get registered, pick up their stuff and get informed about any last minute changes – even if the coffee from the tent smells too good.

So safe travels everyone – we are looking forward to see you soon!

Sightseeing in Hamburg

In case you have time left beyond the full program of OR2019, there are a lot of things you could do in Hamburg. Once you registered on location, you can freely use the HVV public transport to get to even more remote places.

You could always consult the usual “Top X” lists on e.g. Tripadvisor to scout for the top sights, but these lists usually lack the option to simply roam the lively districts of the city, like the Schanzen– or Karoviertel, Altona or St. Pauli, which has more to offer than its infamous red light district.

This does not mean that you should not visit Hamburg’s top sights. The Elbphilharmonie, St. Michaelis, Speicherstadt, Miniatur Wunderland and the Old Elbe Tunnel are all in walkable distance from each other in direct vincinity of the harbour.


It’s not possible to visit the grand hall of the Elbphilharmonie if not for concerts. We have a handful of tickets for Devendra Banhart on Sunday, June 9th and Erlend Øye on Monday, June 10th for €68 each (best seats) – if you are interested, contact us. Visiting the Plaza is always possible and free of charge. If you don’t want to wait, you can buy tickets for visiting the plaza at a certain time; these are €2.

For the Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model train exhibit, it is advisable to book tickets for admission at a certain time in advance and to bring some time for the actual visit. The exhibit is large and ever growing.

The St. Michael’s Church (or “Michel”), Hamburgs “original” Landmark, can be visited free of charge from 9 am to 7.30 pm every day, expect when there are church services. Admission to the tower costs €5.

brown hallway interior

The newly renovated Old Elbe Tunnel is open for pedestrians free of charge and around the clock – it’s well worth walking to the southern banks of the Elbe to get a nice view of the city and harbor.

If you haven’t booked the Conference Dinner, the best way to get a good impression of the Hamburg harbor is to get on a boat. You could either opt for a Harbor Cruise or simply take a ferry to e.g. Finkenwerder (line 62), leave in Övelgönne to visit the Elbstrand and take the ferry (or the bus) back, all of which is covered by your HVV ticket.

Program available, early bird registration ends April 23

The complete program of Open Repositories 2019 (OR2019) is now available
online at:

Click on any day or session to see all scheduled talks. From the session view
you can see related abstracts. 

Please note that the program is still subject to change.

The reduced Early Bird registration fee for the conference will be available
until Tuesday, April 23rd.  

Please make sure that you register as soon as possible to take advantage of
the lower price.