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[EP-tech] Call for Proposals - Open Repositories 2022

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Call for Proposals - Open Repositories 2022

6th - 9th June Denver, Colorado, USA

Deadline 28th February 2022

The 17th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2022, will be held in Denver, Colorado, USA from June 6th to June 9th, 2022. The organizers are pleased to invite you to contribute to the program. The conference theme is: 

Building Trust Together: Integrating, Collaborating & Sharing

How can we build networks of trust by integrating and collaborating? How do we collaboratively integrate user communities and new types and sources of data?

Invitation to participate:

OR2022 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories enable trust, integration, collaboration and sharing. It will give participants new insights and inspiration, which will play a key role in developing, supporting and sharing an open agenda and open tools for research and scholarship.

We particularly welcome proposals on the overall theme of “Building Trust Together”, and also on other administrative, organizational or practical topics related to digital repositories. We are interested in the following sub-themes:

  1. Integrating repositories and other platforms: Institutional & Domain repositories, PID services, CRIS, Digipres, Scholarly workflow, funder services, etc.

  2. Integrating content: novel or complex formats, data types & sources: Citizen Science data, gatekeeping and trust for uncurated data, Open Government Data, Wikimedia and web data, emerging formats, mediation and ownership of augmented data, etc.

  3. Collaborations & Communities: Repository networks, registries, federated services, integrating new user communities and bridging diverse user communities, Cultural Heritage data and Research data, sharing and co-creation and supporting non-academic use, financial/cultural and language barriers, supporting local communities and local knowledge, etc.

  4. Trust in the machine: Linked data, big data, the machine as a user, large and complex datasets, simulation and large-scale computation, new technologies (IIIF, Blockchain), visualisations, etc.

  5. Building Trust: Tackling Bias,  democratizing science, long-term preservation and repository certification, Safeguarding rights, FAIR & CARE principles, compliance with local legislation and with funder and publisher policies, Open Governance, business models and sustainability, Repositories in the “fake news” era, etc.

  6. Supporting Reproducible Research: Repositories in the broader open research ecosystem, services for reproducibility of research, repositories as digital humanities and open science platforms, national and international open data mandates, etc.

  7. Discovery, Use, Reuse and Impact: Metrics, assessment, bibliometrics, altmetrics, analytics, open citations, licences and reuse conditions, increasing content visibility and findability, aggregation serves, impact outside of the academic context, etc.

  8. Building Future Repositories: Next Gen Repositories, the Pubfair framework and new models, repurposing the repository, the repository role in global challenges and societal change - Global warming, pandemic response, remote working, etc.

Deadline for submissions is the 28th February 2022.

Registration will open by the end of March 2022. 

Submission Process

The Program Committee has provided templates to use for submissions (see below for links). Please use the submission template, and then submit through ConfTool https://www.conftool.net/or2022 where you will be asked to provide additional information (such as primary contact and the conference subtheme your submission best fits).

Accepted proposals in all categories will be made available through the conference’s website. Later, the presentations and associated materials will be made available in an open repository; you will be contacted to upload your set of slides or poster. Some conference sessions may be live streamed or recorded, then made publicly available, or you may be asked to record your presentation for upload to the repository. 

Submission Categories


Presentations make up the bulk of the Open Repositories conference. Presentations are substantive discussions of a relevant topic; successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience. These typically are placed in a 30 minute time slot (generally alongside two other presentations for a total of 90 minutes). We strongly encourage presentations that can be delivered in 20-25 minutes in order to leave time for questions and discussion.

Presentation proposals should be 2-3 pages.


Panels are made up of two or more panelists presenting on work or issues where multiple perspectives and experiences are useful or necessary. Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include diversity in viewpoints, personal background, and gender of the panelists. Panels can be 60 or 90 minutes long. If 60 minutes, the panel may be combined in a session with a presentation.

Panel proposals should be 2-3 pages.

24×7 Presentations

24×7 presentations are 7 minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24×7 presentations are fast paced and have a clear focus on one idea. 24x7 presentations about failures and lessons learnt are highly encouraged.

Presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the audience and all block presenters.

Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one page.


OR2022 will feature physical posters, but electronic versions should also be submitted for upload to the Conference website (and eventually to the repository). Posters should showcase current or ongoing work that is not yet ready for a full 30 minute presentation. Instructions for preparing the posters will be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. Poster presenters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser at a Minute Madness session to encourage visitors to their poster during the poster reception.

Proposals for posters should be one page.

Developer Track

The Developer Track provides a focus for showcasing technical work and exchanging ideas. Presentations are 15-20 minutes and can be informal. Successful developer track presentations include live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and unique viewpoints.

Proposals for the developer track should be one page. 

Workshops and Tutorials

The first day of Open Repositories 2022 (6th June) will be dedicated to workshops and tutorials.

Workshops and tutorials generally cover practical issues around repositories and related technologies, tools, and processes. Successful workshops include clear learning outcomes, involve active learning, and are realistic in terms of the number of attendees that can actively participate in the workshop.

Workshops and tutorials can be 90 minutes, 3 hours (half-day), or 6 hours (full day).

Proposals for workshops should be no longer than 2 pages.


The OR2022 proposal templates help you prepare an effective submission. Please select the submission type below to download the templates. Templates will be made available on the Call for Proposal page. Submission in PDF format is preferred.

Submission System
The submission system will be launched later this week at https://www.conftool.net/or2022.

Review Process

All submissions will be peer reviewed and evaluated according to the criteria outlined in the call for proposals, including quality of content, significance, originality, and thematic fit. The program committee makes the final decisions on inclusion in the conference. If you would like to volunteer to be a reviewer, please contact the program committee below.

Also, please note that the program committee may accept a submission with the requirement that it move to another format (a presentation to a poster, for example). In such cases, submitters will have the opportunity to make a decision on whether to accept or decline such a move.

Code of Conduct

The OR2022 Code of Conduct is available at https://or2022.openrepositories.org/open-repositories-code-of-conduct/. We expect submitters to hold to the Code of Conduct in their proposals, presentations, and conduct at the conference.

Fellowship Programme

OR2022 will again run a Fellowship Programme, which will enable us to provide support for a small number of full registered places (including any additional social events e.g. poster reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Denver. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding. Full details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference website.

Key Dates

17th January 2022 - Call For Papers published

20th January 2022 - Submission system opens

28th February 2022 - Deadline for submission

25th March 2022 - Notification of acceptance of workshops

31st March 2022 - Registration opens

8th April 2022 - All submissions notified of acceptance

6th June 2022 - Conference starts

9th June 2022 - Conference ends

Program Co-Chairs

  • Kathryn Cassidy, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

  • Chad Hutchens, University of Wyoming, USA

  • Harish Maringanti, University of Utah, USA

Contact:  or2022-program-chairs@googlegroups.com 

Local Hosts

  • George Machovec, Executive Director, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, USA

  • Beth Denker, E-Resource Licensing and Administrative Manager, Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, USA

  • Andrew Johnson, Associate Professor, Director, Data and Scholarly Communication Services Initiative, University Libraries, University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Website and Social Media

Website: https://or2022.openrepositories.org/ 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpenRepos 

Hashtag: #openrepos2022

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORConference