[Open-access] CALL for Proposals for Open Repositories 2016

Imma Subirats imma.subirats at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 12:26:08 UTC 2015

>From the Open Repositories Conference 2016 organizers

December 1, 2015

Read it online: http://or2016.net/call-for-papers/

* Call for Proposals for Open Repositories 2016: Illuminating the World *

The Eleventh International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2016,
will be held on June 13th-16th, 2016in Dublin, Ireland. The organizers
are pleased to issue this call for contributions to the program.

As previous Open Repositories have demonstrated, the use of digital
repositories to manage research, scholarly and cultural information is
well established and increasingly mature. Entering our second decade,
we have an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and, more
importantly, where we’re heading. New development continues apace, and
we’ve reached the time when many organizations are exploring expansive
connections with larger processes both inside and outside traditional
boundaries. Open Repositories 2016 will explore how our rich
collections and infrastructure are now an inherent part of
contemporary scholarship and research and how they have expanded to
touch many aspects of our academic and cultural enterprises.

The theme of OR2016 is “Illuminating the World.” OR2016 will provide
an opportunity to explore the ways in which repositories and related
infrastructure and processes:

*  bring different disciplines, collections, and people to light;
*  expose research, scholarship, and collections from developing countries;
*  increase openness of collections, software, data and workflows;
*  highlight data patterns and user pathways through collections; and
*  how we can organize to better support these - and other - infrastructures.

We welcome proposals on these ideas, but also on the theoretical,
practical, technical, organizational or administrative topics related
to digital repositories.  Submissions that demonstrate original and
repository-related work outside of these themes will be considered,
but preference will be given to submissions which address them. We are
particularly interested in the following themes.

1.  Supporting Open Scholarship, Open Data, and Open Science

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can best support the
needs of open science and open scholarship to make research as
accessible and useful as possible, including:

*  Open access, open data and open educational resources
*  Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge
*  Exposure of research and scholarship from developing countries and
under-resourced communities and disciplines
*  Compliance with funder mandates

2. Repositories and Cultural Heritage

Papers are invited to consider how repositories and their associated
infrastructures best support the needs of cultural heritage
collections, organizations, and researchers. Areas of interest

*  Impact of aggregation on repository infrastructure and management
*  Exposure of collections and cultural heritage from developing
countries and under-resourced communities and disciplines
*  Special considerations in access and use of cultural heritage collections
*  Reuse and analysis of content.

3. Repositories of high volume and/or complex data and collections

Papers are invited to consider how we can use tools and processes to
highlight data patterns and user pathways through large corporas

*  Data and text mining
*  Entity recognition
*  Linked data
*  Standardized interfaces
*  Interaction with large-scale computation and simulation processes
*  Issues of scale and size beyond traditional repository contexts

4. Managing Research Data, Software, and Workflows

Papers are invited to consider how repositories can support the needs
of research data and related software and workflows. Areas of interest

*  Curation lifecycle management, including storage, software and workflows
*  Digital preservation tools and services
*  Reuse and analysis of scientific content
*  Scholarly workflows, publishing and communicating scientific knowledge

5. Integrating with the Wider Web and External Systems

Papers are invited to explore, evaluate, or demonstrate integration
with external systems, including:

*  CRIS and research management systems
*  Notification and compliance tracking systems
*  Identifier services
*  Preservation services and repositories
*  Publisher systems
*  Collection management systems and workflows

6. Exploring Metrics, Assessment, and Impact

Papers are invited to present experiences on metrics and assessment
services for a range of content, including:

*  Bibliometrics
*  Downloads (e.g. COUNTER compliance)
*  Altmetrics and other alternative methods of tracking and presenting impact

7. Managing Rights

Papers are invited to examine the role of rights management in the
context of open repositories, including:

*  Research and scholarly communication outputs
*  Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons, Open Data Commons)
*  Embargoes
*  Requirements of funder mandates

8. Developing and Training Staff

Papers are invited to consider the evolving role of staff who support
and manage repositories across libraries, cultural heritage
organizations, research offices and computer centres, especially:

*  New roles and responsibilities
*  Training needs and opportunities
*  Career path and recruitment
*  Community support


*  01 February 2016: Deadline for submissions and Scholarship
Programme applications
*  01 February 2016: Registration opens
*  28 March 2016: Submitters notified of acceptance to general conference
*  11 April 2016: Submitters notified of acceptance to Interest Groups
*  13-16 June 2016: OR2016 conference


*  Conference Papers and Panels *
We expect that proposals for papers or panels will be two to
four-pages (see below for optional Proposal Templates). Abstracts of
accepted papers and panels will be made available through the
conference's web site, and later they and associated materials will be
made available in an open repository. In general, sessions will have
three papers; panels may take an entire session or may be combined
with a paper. Relevant papers unsuccessful in the main track will be
considered for inclusion, as appropriate, as an Interest Group
presentation, poster or 24/7.

*  Interest Group Presentations *
The opportunity to engage with and learn more about the work of
relevant communities of interest is a key element of Open
Repositories. One to two page proposals are invited for presentations
or panels that focus on the work of such communities, traditionally
DSpace, EPrints, Fedora, and Invenio, describing novel experiences or
developments in the construction and use of repositories involving
issues specific to these technical platforms. Further information
about applications for additional Interest Groups and guidance on
submissions will be forthcoming.

*  24x7 Presentations *
24x7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than
24 slides. Proposals for 24x7 presentations should be one to
two-pages. Similar to Pecha Kuchas or Lightning Talks, these 24x7
presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes,
with each block followed by a moderated discussion / question and
answer session involving the audience and whole block of presenters.
This format will provide conference goers with a fast-paced survey of
like work across many institutions, and presenters the chance to
disseminate their work in more depth and context than a traditional

*  "Repository RANTS" 24x7 Block *
One block of 24x7's will revolve around "repository rants": brief
exposés that challenge the conventional wisdom or practice, and
highlight what the repository community is doing that is misguided, or
perhaps just missing altogether. The top proposals will be
incorporated into a track meant to provoke unconventional approaches
to repository services.

*  "Repository RAVES" 24x7 Block *
One block of 24x7's at OR2016 will revolve around "repository raves":
brief exposés that celebrate particular practice and processes, and
highlight what the repository community is doing that is right. The
top proposals will be incorporated into a track meant to celebrate
successful approaches to repository services.

*  Posters *
We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work.
Attendees will view and discuss your work during the poster reception.

*  2016 Developer Track: Top Tips, Cunning Code and Illuminating Insights *
Each year a significant proportion of the delegates at Open
Repositories are software developers who work on repository software
or related services. OR2016 will feature a Developer Track and Ideas
Challenge that will provide a focus for showcasing work and exchanging
ideas. Building on the success of last year's Developer Track, where
we encouraged live hacking and audience participation, we invite
members of the technical community to share the features, systems,
tools and best practices that are important to you.  Presentations can
be as informal as you like, but once again we encourage live
demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features
and the unique viewpoints that so many members of our community
possess.  Submissions should take the form of a title and a brief
outline of what will be shared with the community. Further details and
guidance on the Ideas Challenge will be forthcoming. Developers are
also encouraged to contribute to the other tracks as papers, posters,
24x7 presentations, repository raves and rants 24x7 blocks.

*  Workshops and Tutorials *
One to two-page proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing
theoretical or practical issues around digital repositories are
welcomed. Please address the following in your proposal:

*  The subject of the event and what knowledge you intend to convey
*  Length of session (e.g., 1-hour, 2-hour, half a day or a whole day)
*  A brief statement on the learning outcomes from the session
*  How many attendees you plan to accommodate
*  Technology and facility requirements
*  Any other supplies or support required
*  Anything else you believe is pertinent to carrying out the session

Proposal Templates

The OR2016 proposal templates are a guideline to help you prepare an
effective submission. They will be provided in both the Word document
and plain-text Markdown formats and provide details around the
requirements for conference papers and panels and 24/7's and posters.
These will be available from the conference website shortly.

Submission system

The conference system will be open for submissions by 15 December
2015. PDF format is preferred.


We will be publishing guidelines for conduct at OR2016. As a
reference, the OR2015 Code of Conduct is available at
http://www.or2015.net/code-of-conduct/ and the 2015 Anti-Harrassment
Policy is athttp://www.or2015.net/anti-harassment-policy/.


OR2016 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to
provide support for a small number of full registered places
(including the poster reception and banquet) for the conference in
Dublin. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers,
developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields.
Applicants submitting a paper for the conference will be given
priority consideration for funding. Please note that the programme
does not cover costs such as accommodation, travel and subsistence. It
is anticipated that the applicant’s home institution will provide
financial support to supplement the OR Scholarship Award. Full details
and an application form will shortly be available on the conference


Program Co-Chairs

* David Minor, University of California, San Diego
* Matthias Razum, FIZ Karlsruhe
* Sarah Shreeves, University of Miami

contact: or16-program-chairs at googlegroups.com

Local Hosts

* Trinity College Dublin <https://www.tcd.ie/>

contact: OR2016 at conferencepartners.ie

Conference Website and Social Media

* website: http://or2016.net/
* twitter: @OR2016Dub and #or2016Dub
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORConference/

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