The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders, such as researchers, librarians, publishers and others, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues across the entire lifecycle of information, from the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, and ensuring long-term preservation and archiving. The current economic climate dictates that repositories operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities.

This year’s Open Repositories conference takes place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada between Monday, July 8 and Friday, July 12. The conference will be hosted at the Delta Prince Edward hotel (with special rates for conference attendees). Registration is now open.

This year’s conference theme is Use, Reuse, Reproduce. One of the most important roles of repositories is to enable greater use and reuse of their contents— whether those contents are library collections, scholarly articles, research data, or software—and metadata. The notion of use and reuse can be extended to repository infrastructure as well. Many repositories are based on open source software that can be freely reused and adapted to serve local needs; other efforts are also emerging both in conjunction with and outside traditional repository platforms to encourage discipline or community specific reuse and sharing of software, services, and infrastructure. In addition there is a growing interest and need to document and share the code and workflows used to produce research results - particularly in computationally intensive fields - in order to promote reproducible research.

Some specific areas of interest for OR2013 are:

  • Effective re-use of content--particularly research data--enabled by embedded repository tools and services
  • Effective re-use of software, services, and infrastructure to support repository development
  • Facilitation of reproducible research through access to data, workflows, and code
  • Services making use of repository metadata
  • Focused, disciplinary or community-based software, services, and infrastructure for use and reuse of content
  • Integration of data, including linked data, and external services with repositories to provide solutions to specific domains
  • Added-value services for repositories
  • Long-term preservation of repositories and their contents
  • Role and impact of repositories in the research ecosystem

The full conference schedule is available here.