OR 2014

OR2014 main conference program now available

A complete overview of Open repositories 2014 including times and locations for workshops, main conference presentations, panels, Developer Challenge, 24/7s, Repository Rants, Minute Madness poster session and poster reception is available online:


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

The program is still subject to change. The schedule for DSpace, EPrints, Fedora and Invenio Interest Group sessions will be announced later.


Please register for OR2014 as soon as possible. The registration is done online following the instructions on this page: http://or2014.helsinki.fi/?page_id=454

All reservations should be made on the same registration form, including the social program and all the items that are included in the registration fee.

If you have any questions concerning the registration form or procedure, please contact TAVI Congress Bureau by e-mail at or-2014[AT]tavicon.fi or by telephone: +358 3 233 0430, Ms Auri Ollanketo (Project Manager). Please note that the local time in Finland is GMT+3.

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Erin McKiernan to be Keynote Speaker at OR2014

We are delighted to announce that the opening keynote this year will be Dr. Erin McKiernan.

Erin McKiernan is a Researcher in Medical Sciences at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Her research involves the integration of experimental and computational approaches to solve diverse problems in epidemiology, physiology, and neuroscience. She is an advocate for open access, open data, and open source. She received her Ph.D. in Physiological Sciences in 2010 from the University of Arizona.

She has written about open access for international media outlets such as The Conversation, and blogs about her experiences with open science at http://emckiernan.wordpress.com. You can follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/emckiernan13.

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Sponsorship Opportunities at OR2014

Reach digital preservation, archiving, access and technology leaders and developers!

Sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 9th International Conference on Open Repositories. The event will take place from Monday 9 June to Friday 13 June 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

Is your organisation a market leader in digital asset management, digital storage, research information systems or scholarly communication? If so, OR2014 is a great occasion to showcase products and services and to communicate brand to leaders and decision makers in the open repository community. Your company or organization can demonstrate active involvement in the global effort toward interoperable open repositories that provide broad access to quality information and resources.

More details regarding sponsorship opportunities options can be found on the conference web site.

You can also contact or-2014[at]helsinki.fi for further information and reservation of sponsorships.

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Happening in Helsinki during the OR2014

We will update this list as the event approaches.


Museums and galleries:

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OR2014: Registration open, Scholarships available

We are pleased to announce that the delegate registration to Open Repositories 2014 is now open. The five-day conference will be held in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, from June 9 to June 13, 2014. Read more ›

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Friday Excursion: Suomenlinna Fortress, the Queen of Sea

Suomenlinna fortifications

A bastion in Suomenlinna

“Looks out o’er sea its granite eye
And spacious land-locked bay.
Gustavus’ sword it lifts on high
And dares: advance who may!
Nor need it fall to strike the rash—
It withers with its lightning flash.”

Planning your trip to the Open Repositories 2014 Conference, you really should allow time for the excursion to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress on Friday evening, June 13th. The fortress (called Sveaborg in Swedish) was built in 18th century and occupies a number of small islands guarding the entrance to Helsinki harbour. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular tourist attraction – but also a home for a few hundred inhabitants.

Our excursion will include the boat rides, a guided tour, and a light dinner. There will be a limited number of places available.

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OR2014 proposals are in!

The submission phase for OR2014 proposals is now over. As is probably usual, most of the papers were submitted within the last 48 hours before the deadline. Since this is a global conference, there were proposals coming in from many different time zones, all around the clock.

With some late-minute arrivals, we finally ended up with a total of 254 proposals. We are of course very thankful for all of this interest, all of this activity, and most of all for all of the great proposals!

While this may not be the all-time record for Open Repositories conferences, it’s still a lot of papers, and 48% more than last year. The biggest individual category was the conference papers – we got 108 proposals in that category alone. With 24 proposals, we will have no shortage of potential workshops and tutorials, either. On the downside, the number of proposals for some of the Interest Groups was somewhat down from last year.

Obviously, since we only have five days and a limited number of tracks and sessions available, not all of the proposals, no matter how great they are, will be able to make it. Some of the conference paper proposals may also end up as posters, 24×7 presentations or Interest Group presentations. Our reviewers, Program Chairs and Program Committee will have a lot of work and many sleepless nights ahead in the coming weeks trying to figure out which of the proposals will be the most deserving to be featured in the final program.

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Conference Social Gathering: at the Waterfront

We have looked at a number for options for the conference dinner venue and concept. We wanted to take the conference away from the main venue, the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni. But where to go? To another congress centre? This number of participants cannot be packed into any odd restaurant.

Instead, it will be a boathouse. This specific boathouse is located on an island called Valkosaari that is located in the middle of the main harbour of Helsinki.  See https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z-gPoF6kxMl8.kH9qUeiKzdWU. For obvious reasons, there is no street view available, but here is the helicopter view: http://www.fonecta.fi/s/1VPJ – look for the black roof.

So, no need to worry of the dress code, it will be casual. Food and drinks will be served. There may be some program as well. And we shall provide you with hints regarding the after-party.


Valkosaari Boathouse is the red low building.


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Save the Dates for OR2015!

Not surprisingly, after OR2014 there will be OR2015, and it will be in Northern America!

*A message from the Open Repositories Steering Committee*
Feb. 12, 2014
We are pleased to announce that the 2015 Open Repositories Conference (OR2015) will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Hyatt Regency from June 8-11, 2015. The conference is being jointly hosted by Indiana University Libraries, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech University Libraries.

Look for a preview of what to expect in Indianapolis at OR2014 in Helsinki!

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Hotel Information Updated

We have added information about the three recommended conference hotels to the accommodation information.

The hotels are Scandic Hotel Paasi, Cumulus Hakaniemi, and Cumulus Kaisaniemi. Scandic Paasi is attached to the conference venue, and Cumulus Hakaniemi is just behind the corner. Cumulus Kaisaniemi is a 10 minutes walk from the venue.

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