Start: July 9, 2012
End: July 13, 2012
Place: Edinburgh, Scotland
The theme and title of the 2012 conference at Edinburgh – Open Services for Open Content: Local In for Global Out – reflects the current move towards open content, ‘augmented content’, distributed systems and data delivery infrastructures.
The conference will have both general conference sessions and open user group meetings for the three main open source repository platforms: DSpace, Fedora, and Eprints. There will also be a strand for the popular ‘Repository Fringe’, an informal, creative gathering of repository managers and developers which has been hosted at the University of Edinburgh each year since 2008 – to coincide with the internationally well known Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Whether integrated into external research or teaching and learning workflows repositories form a key component to ensure that academic digital output within academic institutions can be accessed more widely. They are changing the nature of scholarly communication across universities, research laboratories, libraries and publishers. Repositories are now being deployed across sectors (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and at all levels (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). The aim of the Open Repositories Conference is to bring those responsible for the development, implementation and management of digital repositories together with stakeholders 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.