Latest NewsThanks to everyone who made the Open Repositories 2009 conference successful. We had 331 attendees. The conference presentations are now available.
Welcome to Open Repositories 2009
The 4th annual international Open Repositories Conference was held May 18th - 21st, 2009 at the Georgia Institute of Technology Hotel and Conference Center and Global Learning Conference Center at Technology Square in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference will be hosted by the Georgia Tech Library and Information Center.
WELCOME STATEMENTWelcome OR 09 attendees to Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology! We are honored and proud to host the 4th International Conference on Open Repositories. Springtime is a great season to visit Atlanta with the average temperatures being 80F (27C) for the high, 55F (13C) for the low, and the humidity should be low for the eastern United States. Atlanta is a beautiful flowering city in the Spring and we hope you all will find time to enjoy it in addition to the great program that has been created for you.
The OR community is very much alive and well. We received an overflow of excellent program proposals for the general program and the user group tracks. We will also have an outstanding group of about 40 posters for your review at the May 20th reception, which indicates the fast paced and high level of project activity taking place in the OR community. Also, for the first time, OR will host five concurrent workshops on the afternoon of Thursday May 21st at the close of the conference, ranging from cloud storage and implementing SWORD, to new repository tools from DSpace, Microsoft and VTLS. The keynote speaker on Monday will be John Wilbanks of Science Commons, whose presentation is entitled "Locks and Gears: Digital Repositories and the Digital Commons." His talk will prove to be an evocative think piece on repositories, their purpose and usage. The most up-to-date conference information is available on this conference web site at https://or09.library.gatech.edu. So, please take some time to review the program offerings here.
We have also lined up a special treat. The main OR Reception will be a banquet dinner and tour of the world-class Georgia Aquarium, which has only been open for slightly more than three years. The touring time will be exclusive to OR attendees and the banquet dinner will be catered by the Aquarium's Wolfgang Puck dining service. All this is only 1.5 miles away from the Georgia Tech Hotel (shuttles will be provided). This wonderful social event is being brought to us through the sponsorship of Sun Microsystems and Microsoft Research and we thank both of them for their generous support and friendship to the OR community. Lastly, restaurants abound on Atlanta's 5th Street, West Peachtree and Peachtree streets, and the nearby environs. We hope you will enjoy some of the fine cuisine that has developed in Atlanta in recent times and enjoy the camaraderie and learning that comes from attending OR conferences. We look forward to seeing all of you here in Atlanta in May.
Safe Travels Everyone,
Chair, OR09 Host Organizing Committee
Repositories increasingly play a pivotal role in the emerging information landscape. Through the format of blending open user group meetings for DSpace, Fedora, and Eprints, followed by general conference sessions that cover cross-cutting and overarching issues, Open Repositories attempts to create an opportunity to explore the challenges faced by user communities and others in today's world.
About the Open Repositories Conference
Repositories are being deployed in a variety of environments (education, research, science, cultural heritage) and contexts (national, regional, institutional, project, lab, personal). Regardless of setting, context or scale, repositories are increasingly expected to operate across administrative and disciplinary boundaries and to interact with distributed computational services and social communities. It is the aim of the Open Repositories Conference to bring together individuals and organizations responsible for the conception, development, implementation and management of digital repositories, as well as stakeholders who interact with them, to address theoretical, practical, and strategic issues.
The many repository platforms available today are changing the nature of scholarly communication. Institutions such as universities, research laboratories, publishers, libraries, and commercial organizations are creating innovative repository-based systems that address the entire lifecycle of information-from supporting the creation and management of digital content, to enabling use, re-use, and interconnection of information, to ultimately ensuring long-term preservation and archiving.
The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation's top research universities, distinguished by its commitment to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.
About Georgia Tech
Georgia Tech's campus occupies 400 acres in the heart of the city of Atlanta, where more than 18,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive a focused, technologically based education.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Institute offers many nationally recognized, top-ranked programs. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered in the Colleges of Architecture, Engineering, Sciences, Computing, Management, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report's top ten public universities in the United States.
About Technology Square
Technology Square, commonly called Tech Square, is the name of the block of 5th Street between the Downtown Connector and Spring Street in Atlanta, Georgia. It is so named because it was funded by the Georgia Institute of Technology and is the commercial center for the Georgia Tech campus. Announced in 2000 and opened in 2003, the district was built over previously vacant surface parking lots and has contributed to an ongoing revitalization of the entire Midtown area. It lies across the Downtown Connector from the rest of the Georgia Tech campus and is connected to it by the 5th Street Bridge, which was recently reconstructed to make it more pedestrian-friendly.
About Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is the capital and the most populous city of the United States state of Georgia, as well as the core city of the ninth most populous metropolitan area in the United States with 5,138,223 residents. It is the county seat of Fulton County, although a small portion of the city extends into DeKalb County. Despite its large metropolitan area, as of July 2006, the city of Atlanta had a population of 486,411 making it the 34th largest city in the United States, and sixth largest city in the southeastern region behind Jacksonville, Memphis, Charlotte, Louisville, and Nashville. Residents of the city are known as Atlantans.