Ideas Challenge Winners!

(posting on behalf of Claire Knowles and Adam Field, Ideas Challenge Co-Chairs)

This year, the Open Repositories conference ran a full developer track, which included both paper presentations and the Ideas Challenge. Based on previous Developer Challenges, which saw small teams develop prototypes to solve problems, the Ideas Challenge tasked the conference attendees to form small teams to propose solutions to problems, but without actually doing any development.

We kicked off the Ideas Challenge with a social on Monday evening at the Tomlinson Tap Room sponsored by DuraSpace, Digital Preservation Network and Orcid, where ice was broken and teams started to form.



By 2pm(ish) on Wednesday we had 9 entries, many with new collaborators who had formed teams in the previous couple of days

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OR2015 Registration Now Open

We are excited to announce that registration for the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories is now open! To be held in Indianapolis, Indiana from June 8th to June 11th, OR2015 serves as the leading international conference in its field, drawing participants from around the world to discuss the impact of open repositories on scholarship, communication, research and more. This 10th OR conference is a significant milestone, so we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the last decade with this year’s theme, “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Open Repositories at the Crossroads,” and we hope you will join us.

For information about registering for OR2015, please visit our Registration page.

To make hotel reservations and learn about travel to Indianapolis, please visit our Accommodations and Travel page.

If you have any other questions about registering for the 2015 Open Repositories Conference, please contact the Conference Registrar at General questions may be directed to the conference organizers via our Contact Us page.

2015 Keynote Speaker Announced

We are thrilled to announce that Kaitlin Thaney, Director of the Mozilla Science Lab, will serve as the keynote speaker for the 2015 Open Repositories Conference. A long-time proponent of open science, Kaitlin’s work is marked by innovative application of the values of the open web in order to develop greater research capabilities and support the future of scientific discovery.

The Mozilla Science Lab was designed to “foster dialogue between the open web community and researchers” to enable the sharing of “ideas, tools, and best practices for using next-generation web solutions to solve real problems in science, and explore ways to make research more agile and collaborative.” Kaitlin will provide unique industry perspective and insight as our 2015 keynote speaker, and are proud to have her as part of this year’s conference!

More About Kaitlin

Kaitlin Thaney is the director of the Mozilla Science Lab, an open science initiative of the Mozilla Foundation focused on innovation, best practice and skills training for research. Prior to Mozilla, Kaitlin served as the Manager of External Partnerships at Digital Science, a technology company that works to make research more efficient through better use of technology. Kaitlin also advises the UK government on infrastructure for data intensive science and business, serves as a Director for DataKind UK, and is the founding co-chair for the Strata Conference series in London on big data.

Prior to Mozilla and Digitial Science, Kaitlin managed the science program at Creative Commons, worked with MIT and Microsoft, and wrote for the Boston Globe.  You can learn more about the Science Lab at and follow Kaitlin online at @kaythaney.


Featured Speaker

We are also proud to announce Anurag Acharya as our featured speaker for the 2015 conference. Anurag is a Distinguished Engineer at Google and a co-creator of Google Scholar.


Developer Track Proposals Accepted Through March 13

Interested in cool tools, daring demos and fab features? The Developer Track might be calling your name. And we’ve got good news, there’s still time to submit your proposal!

Designed to share the latest developments across the technical community, this year’s new developer track is still open for submissions. Proposals for the developer track should showcase community expertise and progress through presentations and demonstrations. Live demos, code repositories, ssh, hacking, and audience participation are encouraged. Learn more about the developer track here.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • 13 March 2015: Deadline for submissions
  • 10 April 2015: Notification of acceptance
  • 8-11 June 2015: Conference program; Developer Evening Social on 8 June

 Submit your proposal by March 13.

Submit Your OR2015 Proposal: Conference System Now Open

The conference organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the OR2015 program! The conference theme is LOOKING BACK, MOVING FORWARD: OPEN REPOSITORIES AT THE CROSSROADS. It is an opportunity to reflect on and to celebrate the transformative changes in repositories, scholarly communication, and research data over the last decade. More critically, however, it will also help to ensure that open repositories continue to play a key role in supporting, shaping, and sharing those changes and an open agenda for research and scholarship. Update: General submissions are now closed. We invite you to submit Developer Track proposals by March 13, 2015!

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is also pleased to announce the release of the new OR Code of Conduct. The OR Code of Conduct underscores the OR Conference core value of openness by providing a welcoming and positive experience for everyone, whether they are in a formal session or a social setting, or are taking part in activities online.

We look forward to welcoming you to Indianapolis!

Open Repositories 2015: Indianapolis

Join us on June 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA at the Hyatt Regency for the 10th International Conference on Open Repositories (OR2015). The conference is being jointly hosted by Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, and Virginia Tech University Libraries.

View past Open Repositories conferences.

Key Dates

  • January 30, 2015 February 6, 2015: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship Programme applications
  • 9 March 2015: Registration and hotel reservations open
  • 13 March 2015: Deadline for Developer Track submissions
  • 27 March 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
  • 10 April 2015: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups and Developer Track
  • 8-11 June 2015: OR2015 conference

For any inquiries, please Contact Us.