IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT – CONFERENCE POSTPONED

The Open Repositories Steering Committee in consultation with the OR2020 and OR2021 hosts have made a decision to postpone OR2020 until May 31 – June 3rd 2021.

This was not a decision made lightly – we looked carefully at our options (keeping the current dates, cancelling, or postponing) and decided postponing a full year was the best option for both logistical and financial reasons. We chose Stellenbosch as a host location because we very much wanted to bring Open Repositories to the African continent and to create a space to listen and discuss the current state of repositories across Africa and the world. Postponing the conference a year allows us to meet that goal and, hopefully, a resolution of the current COVID19 pandemic.

If you have registered for the conference already or are a sponsor, the hosts at Stellenbosch will be contacting you with options. If you have submitted a proposal, the program committee will be in touch shortly with options. We are exploring the possibility of a virtual conference in order to allow some accepted proposals that are time sensitive to be presented. More information soon!

I also want to announce that our OR2022 location will be Denver, CO. The Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries in collaboration with six of its member institutions (University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, University of Denver Libraries, Colorado State University Libraries, Colorado School of Mines Library, University of Colorado Anschutz Library, and the University of Wyoming Libraries) were selected by the Steering Committee to host OR2021, but have graciously offered to move the dates to OR2022. We very much appreciate their willingness and flexibility to shift a full year in conference planning.

Again, if you have registered, sponsored, have been awarded a fellowship, or have a proposal in, you will be hearing from us shortly.

Sarah and Claire

Sarah L. Shreeves (Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee)

Claire Knowles (Vice Chair, Open Repositories Steering Committee)

Save the Date for Open Repositories 2021, 31 May – 3 June 2021

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 31 May to 3 June 2021. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.

Stellenbosch University, located in the historical town of Stellenbosch, approximately 50 km from Cape Town, strives to be Africa’s leading research-intensive university, globally recognised as excellent, inclusive and innovative where knowledge is advanced in service of society.

The Library and Information Service has been playing an active role in the African and international Open Access community for a number of years and one of its strategic objectives is to develop and maintain collaborative relationships with a range of external and internal stakeholders by advancing local, national and international initiatives with regards to open scholarship.

Having chosen Stellenbosch as the venue, the annual OR Conference continues its objective to bring practitioners working at the interface of technology and scholarship together. Participants at OR come from higher education, government, libraries, archives and museums to share their experiences and knowledge about repository infrastructure, tools, services, and policies. We hope you will join us in Stellenbosch in 2021!