Thanks to everyone who made the Open Repositories 2010 Conference successful. We had over 400 attendees from 36 countries. The Conference presentations will be soon available.
Highlights from the 2010 conference
About the Open Repositories Conference
Repositories increasingly play a pivotal role in the emerging information landscape.
Through the format of blending general conference sessions that cover cross-cutting
and overarching issues, followed by open user group meetings for DSpace, Fedora,
and Eprints, Open Repositories attempts to create an opportunity to explore the
challenges faced by user communities and others in today's world.
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.
FECYT (Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología),
the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, contributes to the strengthening
of the Spanish science and technology system by adding value through the integration
of scientific research and technological innovation activities, and cohesion between
public and private institutions.
The Foundation operates as a non-profit entity with functional autonomy. Its mission
is to provide flexible services to the Spanish science and technology system and
to foster international projection of Spanish research, in the European science
arena in particular. Its strategic aims are: to promote activities of excellent
technological research and development, to favor collaboration between national
and international agents of science and technology system and to promote the spreading
of the scientific culture, as a tool of competitiveness and improvement of the life
quality of citizens. Furthermore, FECYT supports the Ministry in S&T policy
making and operates as an intermediary body for the Ministry with the relevant stakeholders
in areas such as information management, scientific dissemination, R&D indicators,
UNED is a Spanish public university that provides distance education at national
and international levels. UNED is the largest university in Spain with more than
170.000 students enrolled in its different modalities of education and training.
The difference between the UNED and the other universities in Spain lies on its
geographic dimension (national and international – 14 Study Centers abroad)
and on the use of distance methodology and complementary pedagogical tools (Television,
Radio, Video and Virtual University Campus). 1.300 full time teaching staff, 6.000
tutors and 1.300 administrative and technical staff make all this happen.