Registration open!

Good things come to those who wait… Not only have most of the acceptance and rejection notifications been sent (24×7 and poster notifications to follow soon), but registration for the conference and workshops are finally open, too!

The early bird registration ends April 23. Read all on how to register here.

Jeff Gothelf confirmed as Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that our second keynote speakers at Open Repositories 2019 will be Jeff Gothelf.

Jeff Gothelf is a designer, agile practitioner and a sought-after international speaker. Jeff is one of the leading voices in the UX community and an expert on Lean UX, which combines UX with agile principles. Jeff is the author of  several books, such as the O’Reilly book, ” Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams” and the Harvard Business Review Press book, “Sense & Respond.”

Deadline for Proposals Extended Until January 16

The final deadline for submitting proposals for the 14th International 
Conference on Open Repositories (OR2019) has been extended until 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

The conference will be held on June 10th-13th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

The main theme for Open Repositories 2019 is “All the User Needs”. You may review the full Call for Proposals here:

Submit your proposals at by January 16, 

There are also a small number of fellowships available:

We look forward to seeing you at OR2019!

Conference Information

Now accepting Fellowship Applications

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is now accepting applications for fellowships to attend OR2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

The purpose of the fellowship programme is to allow a limited number of qualified librarians, repository managers, developers, or researchers in digital libraries or related fields to participate in the conference.

The fellowship covers travel, accommodation, and full conference registration, including the poster reception and conference banquet.

Applicants will be asked to address the following:

  1. Financial need
  2. How participating in Open Repositories will support your professional and/or educational goals; and
  3. Willingness to participate in the conference as evidenced by note-taking/live-blogging and/or a presentation or poster submission.

Application deadline:  19 January 2019

Notifications:  early February 2019

Apply now:

Conference Information

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 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 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.

Save the date for Open Repositories 2020

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.

Continue reading “Save the date for Open Repositories 2020”

Save the Date for Open Repositories 2019

The Open Repositories Steering Committee in conjunction with Universität Hamburg is very pleased to announce that the 14th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 10-13 June 2019 at Universität Hamburg.

Universität Hamburg is the largest research and educational institution in northern Germany. As one of the country’s largest universities, it offers a diverse range of taught programs coupled with excellent research. The institution is committed to sustainable science and scholarship and its faculties pursue the concept of sustainability in its broadest sense in both research and teaching.

The annual Open Repositories Conference is a practitioner based conference that brings together people from higher education, government, libraries, archives and museums to focus on repository infrastructure, tools, services, and policies. The Conference provides a forum for delegates from around the world to explore the challenges and opportunities that arise at the interface of technology and scholarly publishing and practice.

Contact information:

For the Open Repositories Steering Committee:
Elin Stangeland
University of Oslo Library

For the local organizing committee:
Kai Wörner
Center for Sustainable Research Data Management
Universität Hamburg