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[InetBib] Open Repositories 2020 CfP extended to 21 January 2020

Call for Proposals - Open Repositories 2020

The 15th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2020, will be held in 
Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The organisers are pleased to 
invite you to contribute to the program. This year’s conference theme is:

Open for all

In today’s world, access to knowledge by all is viewed by some as a fundamental 
freedom and human right. In our societies, open knowledge for all can enable 
sustainable development and growth on many levels. How well do repositories 
support knowledge in the service of society? How well do they enable local 
knowledge sharing and support not only academic use, but also use in education 
and practice?

Invitation to participate

OR2020 will provide an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways 
repositories enable openness for all. We hope that this discussion will give 
the participants new insights and inspiration, which will help them to 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 “Open for All” theme, but also 
on other administrative, organisational or practical topics related to digital 
repositories. We are particularly interested in the following sub-themes:
1. Equity and democratization of knowledge
2. Beyond the repository
3. Open and sustainable
4. Policies, licensing and copyright laws
5. Discovery, use and impact
6. Supporting open scholarship and cultural heritage

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 (link coming soon) 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 will be live streamed or 
recorded, then made publicly available.

After the completion of the conference, we will solicit full papers from a 
selection of presentation  in order to be published in the OR2020 proceedings 
(open access, no article processing charge) in cooperation with a scholarly 
publisher. If you are proposing a presentation or panel, you may want to 
consider whether it could be turned into a full paper.

Submission Categories

Presentation proposals should be 2-3 pages.

Panel proposals should be 2-3 pages.

24×7 Presentations
Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one page.

Proposals for posters should be one page.

Developer Track
Proposals for the developer track should be one page.

Workshops and Tutorials
The first day of Open Repositories 2020 will be dedicated to workshops and 
Proposals for workshops should be no longer than 2 pages.

The OR2020 proposal templates help you prepare an effective submission. Please 
select the submission type below to download the templates. Templates are 
available in Microsoft Word, Open Document Format and Plain Text. Submission in 
PDF format is preferred.

Workshop template [docx|txt]
Presentation template [docx|txt]
Poster template [docx|txt]
Panel template [docx|txt]
DevTrack template [docx|txt]
24×7 template [docx|txt]
All templates [zip]

Submission System
The submission system is now open – https://www.conftool.net/or2020/

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 OR2020 Code of Conduct is available at 
https://or2020.sun.ac.za/code-of-conduct/. We expect submitters to hold to the 
Code of Conduct in their proposals, presentations, and conduct at the 

Fellowship Programme
OR2020 will again run a Fellowship Programme, which will enable us to provide 
support for a small number of full registered places (including the poster 
reception and conference dinner) for the conference in Stellenbosch. 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, 
and preference will be given to applicants from the African continent. Full 
details and an application form will shortly be available on the conference 

Key Dates
[13 January 2020: Deadline for submissions]
EXTENDED - 21 January 2020: Deadline for submissions
20 January 2020: Deadline for Fellowship Programme applications
10 February 2020: Submitters notified of acceptance of workshop proposals
10 February 2020: Registration opens
17 February 2020: Fellowship Programme winners notified
9 March 2020: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24×7, 
poster and developer track proposals
20 April 2019: Close of Early Bird registration
1-4 June 2020: OR2020 conference

Program Co-Chairs
Iryna Kuchma, EIFL
Lazarus Matizirofa, University of Pretoria
Dr Daisy Selematsela, University of South Africa
Leila Sterman, Montana State University

Contact: or20-program-chairs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Local Hosts
Stellenbosch University
Library and Information Service
Contact: Mimi Seyffert-Wirth (mseyf@xxxxxxxxx / or2020@xxxxxxxxx)

Website and Social Media
Website: https://or2020.sun.ac.za/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OpenRepo2020
Hashtag: #openrepos2020
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ORConference

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