OR 2014

Developer Challenge Meetup – Monday Evening

There will be a meet-up for the Developer Challenge on Monday June 9th at 19:30 at Bryggeri, Helsinki. Sofiankatu 2, Helsinki, in the middle of the historical heart of the city. [Google map]

Who should come?

Anyone attending Open Repositories 2014, but particularly potential and confirmed challenge entrants, as well as representatives from our sponsors and open source projects who might like to promote activity on their platform. (Warning, this venue serves ALCOHOL and SAUSAGES)

What will happen

We will give a quick intro to the challenge, and provide some match-making between teams needing members and people wanting to contribute.

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Lunch options near Metsätalo


See this Google Map: https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=z-gPoF6kxMl8.k6pE_D66x-Cc

Student cafeterias

  • 1) Unicafe Metsätalo (basement)
  • 2) Unicafe Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3)
  • 3) Unicafe University Main Building (Fabianinkatu 33)

4) Kaisaniemi metro station (ethnic food garden & hamburgers) 5) Piano (Rauhankatu 15) 6) Factory (Aleksanterinkatu 13, 5th floor) 7) Il Siciliano (Aleksanterinkatu 36) 8) Amarillo (Mikonkatu 9)

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OR2014 mobile experience

C4me_logo_2_72_72OR2014 uses Conference4me smartphone app to help you navigate through the conference on your mobile device. Browse the complete programme directly from your phone or tablet and create your very own agenda on the fly. The app is available for Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

To download mobile app, please visit http://conference4me.eu/download or type ‘conference4me’ in Google Play, iTunes App Store or Windows Phone Store.

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Remote participation at OR2014

Many of the Open Repositories 2014 main conference sessions from Tuesday to Thursday will be broadcast via Adobe Connect. Although it isn’t quite the same thing as actually being there, you are free to join the conference as a remote participant.

You can find some basic information on the broadcasts and a preliminary schedule for them on the following page:

OR2014: Schedule for remote participation

The sessions that are broadcast are also recorded, and they will be available for watching after the conference is over.

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Developer Challenge at OR2014

The full instructions for this year’s Developer Challenge are now available on the following page:


The Developer Challenge is a key part of the Open Repositories conference, targeted at software developers interacting with the OR community. The goal is to provide opportunities for growth for our software developers and show our support and appreciation by providing them with an event, the developer challenge, that is fulfilling for them and also valuable for the Open Repositories community.

Teams work on the challenge problems to produce code that works, or nearly works, or failing that tell a good story, starting from Monday 9th June. NOTE: You don’t need to be a coder to take part! You can contribute your repository manager skills, documentation skills or presentation skills to a team.

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OR2014: Registration for pre-conference workshops, tutorials and meetings

The pre-conference sessions of Open Repositories 2014 will be held at the University of Helsinki main campus area (see Location), right at the center of the city, on Monday, June 9. In addition to the Developer Challenge, the program will include as many as 19 workshops, tutorials or meetings on a large variety of topics.

The full OR2014 pre-conference program

Since many of these sessions will have a limited number of places available, registration is required. The registration forms for the morning, afternoon and evening sessions are now available. (Please note that you need to be registered for the conference as well to sign up for the workshops!)
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OR2014: Program for Interest Group sessions now available

The program for all Interest Group sessions – DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, and Invenio – to be held at Open Repositories 2014 is now fully available. The sessions start on Thursday afternoon, June 12, and last until Friday afternoon, June 13.

OR2014: Program for Thursday, June 12
OR2014: Program for Friday, June 13

The Interest Group sessions will be held at the main conference venue, Congress Paasitorni, and they are included in the OR2014 registration fee. The Interest Group program includes about 60 presentations, panels and tutorials on a large variety of topics.

See also: Full OR2014 program (Mon-Fri)

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OR2014: Early bird registration extended until May 9

The reduced early OR2014 registration fee has been extended to close on Friday, May 9 (Finnish time, GMT+3).

If you have already registered, thanks for doing so – we look forward to seeing you. If you have not, and plan to be present in Helsinki, please follow this link and register now.

Please don’t forget to arrange your travel and accommodation as well. The second week of June will be a busy conference week in Helsinki, so it is advisable to book hotel or hostel rooms as early as possible.

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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/registration-and-fees

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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