Digital libraries experts come to Austin for Open Repositories 2011

Mark McFarland at OR11

TDL co-director Mark McFarland welcomes attendees to the 6th International Conference on Open Repositories, held in Austin.

The Texas Digital Library was pleased to co-sponsor the Sixth International Conference on Open Repositories (OR11), which was held this year in Austin and took place June 8-11 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

The annual Open Repositories conference brings together an international community of stakeholders engaged in the development, management, and application of digital repositories.

OR11 drew more than 300 attendees from 22 countries, including 40 attendees from the UK alone. Other countries represented at the conference were Canada, Japan, Egypt, South Africa, and New Zealand.

The University of Texas Libraries hosted OR11, with support from institutional co-sponsors Texas Digital Library and Texas A&M University.

The program, developed by program chair Tom Cramer of Stanford University, included panels, presentations, workshops, a poster session, and several social events. In addition, more than a dozen meetings, workshops, and other events took place prior to the main conference at various locations on the UT Austin campus.

The TDL was represented in the main conference program by Peter Nuernberg, whose presentation “Digital Library Services in the Cloud” detailed the TDL’s experiences using Amazon Web Services. Additionally, James Creel presented on Texas A&M Libraries’ and Texas A&M Qatar’s efforts to develop an Arabic Repository Interface for DSpace, and Texas Tech Libraries discussed its long-term archival storage project REDDNET.

Faculty and staff from TDL members Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas A&M at Galveston, Texas State, Texas Tech, and UT Austin were in attendance at the conference, along with representatives from several other Texas institutions.

Presentations from the conference will be available soon on the OR11 website, which was hosted by the Texas Digital Library using Open Conference Systems.

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