The theme for the OR2024 conference is: Empowering Global Progress

OR2024 provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories enable transparent and sustainable information and data. How can we better utilize repositories for empowering global progress? How can we develop the capacity of institutions to implement sustainable open repositories to improve data equity worldwide and support the SDGs? How can the repository community harness AI responsibly to support their goals? 

We particularly welcome proposals aligned to the overall theme, but also on other administrative, organisational, or practical topics related to digital repositories. We are interested in the following sub-themes:

  • Transparency: Promoting research  transparency
  • Community: Elevating underrepresented communities
  • Sustainability : Opening research for climate justice

Submission categories will include posters, workshops, lightning talks, roundtable discussions, papers, and panels. We look forward to the vibrant conversations and learning opportunities of the conference.

The deadline for submissions was 12th January 2024 and the call is now closed.

 Submission Process

The Program Committee has provided templates to use for submissions (see also below for links). Please use the submission template, and then submit through ConfTool where you will be asked to provide additional information (such as primary contact and the conference subtheme your submission best fits).

Accepted proposals will be made available through the conference’s website. Later, the presentations and associated materials will be made available in the Zenodo Open Repositories community. After the completion of the conference, we may solicit full papers from a selection of presentations to be published in the OR2024 proceedings (open access, no article processing charge) in cooperation with a scholarly publisher. If you are proposing a presentation or panel, please consider whether it would benefit for publication as a journal article.

Submitters should note that presentations are in person and there is no remote/pre-recorded presentation option.

Please see the registration fees on the Registration page (will be updated soon, registration will open in February 2024).  The OR Steering Committee is now accepting applications for fellowships to attend OR2024, see the fellowship application page.

We look forward to the vibrant conversations and learning opportunities of the conference.

Submission Categories


We invite presentations on topics relating to the theme Empowering Global Progress and on Open Repository topics, more generally. Presentations will be 15 minutes plus time for questions and discussion.

Presentation proposals should be 2-3 pages.


Panels are made up of two or more panelists presenting on work or issues where multiple perspectives and experiences are useful or necessary. Successful submissions in past years have typically described work relevant to a wide audience and applicable beyond a single software system. All panels are expected to include diversity in viewpoints, personal background, and gender of the panelists. Panels can be 60 or 90 minutes long.

Panel proposals should be 2-3 pages.

Lightning 24×7 Presentations

24×7 presentations are 7-minute presentations comprising no more than 24 slides. Successful 24×7 presentations are fast-paced and have a clear focus on one idea. 24×7 presentations about failures and lessons learned are highly encouraged.

Presentations will be grouped into blocks based on conference themes, with each block followed by a moderated question and answer session involving the audience and all block presenters.

Proposals for 24×7 presentations should be one page.


Posters should showcase current or ongoing work that is not yet ready for a full presentation. Instructions for preparing the posters will be distributed to authors of accepted poster proposals prior to the conference. Poster presenters will be expected to give a one-minute teaser at a Minute Madness session.

Proposals for posters should be one page.

Developer Track

The Developer Track provides focus for showcasing technical work and exchanging ideas. Presentations should be 10 minutes and can be informal. Successful developer track presentations include live demonstrations, tours of code repositories, examples of cool features, and unique viewpoints. Pre-recorded talks are encouraged to facilitate functioning demos and have more time for a live conversation about the implementation.

Proposals for the developer track should be one page.

Workshops and Tutorials

Workshops and tutorials generally cover practical issues around repositories and related technologies, tools, and processes. Successful workshops include clear learning outcomes, involve active learning, and are realistic in terms of the number of attendees that can actively participate in the workshop.

Workshops and tutorials can be 60 minutes, 90 minutes, 3 hours or 6 hours (full day).

Proposals for workshops should be no longer than 2 pages.

Roundtable Discussions

Roundtables are designed to bring together small groups to discuss and explore a specific topic. One of two moderators (also called a facilitator) will organize the discussion and keep it moving. The moderator will have prepared questions to help facilitate conversation and gather different perspectives.
Roundtable discussions will be 60 minutes. 

Proposals for roundtable discussions should be no longer than 2 pages.


The OR2024 proposal templates help you prepare an effective submission. Please select the submission type below to download the templates. Templates are available in Microsoft Word and Open Doc format. Submission in PDF format is preferred.

Please contact if you experience problems with downloading or using the templates.

Submission System

The submission system is now open –

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 decide on whether to accept or decline such a move.

Code of Conduct

Please see the OR2024 Code of Conduct webpage. We expect submitters to hold to the Code of Conduct in their proposals, presentations, and conduct at the conference.

Key Dates

  • 16 October 2023: Call for proposals
  • 12 January 2024: Deadline for submissions
  • Mid-February 2024: Submitters notified of acceptance of full presentation, 24×7, workshop, poster, and developer track proposals
  • 3-6 June 2024: OR2024 conference

Program Co-Chairs

  • Emily Bongiovanni, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Urban Andersson, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Nora Mulvaney, Toronto Metropolitan University



Clarion Post Hotel conference hall

Clarion Post Hotel main conference hall Drottningporten (“The Queen’s Gate”).