*Save the Date for Open Repositories 2019*

The Open Repositories Steering Committee in conjunction with Universität 
Hamburg is very pleased to announce that the 14th Open Repositories 
Conference will be held in Hamburg, Germany from 10-13 June 2019 at 
Universität Hamburg.

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Universität Hamburg <>is the largest 
research and educational institution in northern Germany. As one of the 
country’s largest universities, it offers a diverse range of taught 
programs coupled with excellent research. The institution is committed 
to sustainable science and scholarship and its faculties pursue the 
concept of sustainability in its broadest sense in both research and 

The annual Open RepositoriesConference 
<> is a practitioner based conference 
that brings together people from higher education, government, 
libraries, archives and museums to focus on repository infrastructure, 
tools, services, and policies. The Conference provides a forum for 
delegates from around the world to explore the challenges and 
opportunities that arise at the interface of technology and scholarly 
publishing and practice.

Contact information:

For the Open Repositories Steering Committee:
Elin Stangeland
University of Oslo Library
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For the local organizing committee:
Kai Wörner
Center for Sustainable Research Data Management
Universität Hamburg
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*Call for Expressions of Interest in hosting the annual Open 
Repositories Conference, 2020*

The Open Repositories Steering Committee seeks Expressions of Interest 
(EoI) from candidate host organizations for the 2020 Open Repositories 
Annual Conference series. Proposals from all geographic areas will be 
given consideration.

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_Important dates_

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is accepting Expressions of 
Interest (EoI) to host the OR2020 conferences until February 28th, 2018. 
Shortlisted sites will be notified by the end of March 2018 and invited 
to submit a full proposal.


Candidate institutions must have the ability to host at least a four-day 
conference with up to 500 attendees (OR2016 held in Dublin, Ireland drew 
about 500 people and OR2017 held in Brisbane, Australia drew around 
330). This includes appropriate access to conference facilities, 
lodging, and transportation, as well as the ability to manage a range of 
supporting services (food services, internet services, and conference 
social events; conference web site; management of registration and 
online payments; etc.). The candidate institutions and their local 
arrangements committee must have the means to support the costs of 
producing the conference through attendee registration and independent 
fundraising. Fuller guidance is provided in the Open Repositories 
Conference Handbook 
on the Open Repositories wiki 

Expressions of Interest Guidelines

Organisations interested in proposing to host either the OR2020 
conference should follow the steps listed below:

1.Expressions of Interest (EoIs) must be received by February 28, 2018. 
Please direct these EoIs and any enquiries to OR Steering Committee 
Chair Elin Stangeland - [log in to unmask] 
<mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

2.As noted above, the Open Repositories wiki has a set of pages at Open 
Repositories Conference Handbook which offer guidelines for organising 
an Open Repositories conference.  Candidate institutions should pay 
particular attention to the pages listed at "Preparing a bid" before 
submitting an EoI.

3.The EoI should be fairly brief (1-2 pages, or email length), and must 

a.the name of the institution (or institutions in the case of a joint bid) email address as a first point of contact

c.the proposed location for the conference venue with a brief paragraph 
describing the local amenities that would be available to delegates, 
including its proximity to a reasonably well-served airport

1.The OR Steering Committee will review proposals and may seek advice 
from additional reviewers.  Following the review, one or more 
institutions will be invited to submit a detailed proposal.

2.Invitations to submit a detailed proposal will be issued by the end of 
March 2018; institutions whose interest will not be taken up will also 
be notified at that time.  The invitations sent out will provide a 
timeline for submitting a formal proposal and details of additional 
information available to the shortlisted sites for help in the 
preparation of their bid.  The OR Steering Committee will be happy to 
answer specific queries whilst proposals are being prepared.

About Open Repositories

Since 2006 Open Repositories has hosted an annual conference that brings 
together users and developers of open digital repository platforms. For 
further information about Open Repositories and links to past conference 
sites, please visit the OR home page:

Subscribe to announcements about Open Repositories conferences by 
joining the OR Google Group 

Please feel free to reflect this call for Expressions of Interest out 
through your communities.

Thank you!

Elin Stangeland and Sarah Shreeves

for the Open Repositories Steering Committee