Heather Piwowar to be a keynote, conference system open for submissions

We are delighted to announce that one of the keynote speakers at Open Repositories 2019 will be Dr. Heather Piwowar.

Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory, the nonprofit company behind the Unpaywall database for Open Access discovery.  Unpaywall’s collection of 20 million Open Access links is used by Europe PMC, Web of Science, the British Library, and thousands of libraries worldwide.  The free browser extension is used by more than 150,000 people, and the API gets a million calls a day.

A longtime advocate for Open Science, Dr Piwowar is also a leading researcher in research data availability and reuse, including a seminal paper measuring the citation benefit of publicly available research data.  Dr Piwowar has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics.


The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be organized in Hamburg, Germany, June 10-13, 2019.

This year’s conference theme is “All the User Needs”. The aim is to provide the attendees an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories interact with their users. In addition to the overall user-centered theme there are also a number of sub-themes, which address many of the current issues related to digital repositories and their role in open scholarship and open cultural heritage.

The Call for Proposals for OR2019 is available at http://or2019.net/cfp/. We are looking for proposals for several different tracks: presentations, panels, 24x7s, developer track presentations & demos, posters, workshops and tutorials.

The submission system for proposals is now open (see https://www.conftool.net/or2019/). The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


OR2019 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of fully funded places 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 are available here.