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Open Repositories Celebrates First Conference in South Africa

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By Liz Krznarich
Vice-Chair, Open Repositories

The Open Repositories steering, host and program committees are thrilled to report that its first-ever conference on the African continent was held 12-15 June 2023 in Somerset West, South Africa and attracted nearly 300 attendees from 41 countries, including many newcomers.

The 18th International Open Repositories Conference (OR2023) was hosted by Stellenbosch University’s (SU) Library and Information Service and featured speakers who engaged the audience around the conference theme “Repositories unlocked for discovery and interoperability”. An opening address was given by Prof Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Postgraduate Studies at SU and keynote speakers included:

Color photo of South African choir singing on stage.
South African Youth Choir

At the welcome reception, Prof Wim de Villiers, vice-chancellor of SU, addressed delegates and the South African Youth Choir gave an outstanding performance that brought the audience to its feet. Later in the week, delegates experienced a South African braai (barbecue) at the conference dinner, held at Neethlingshof Wine Farm.

Making this conference a reality was no small feat, as it was originally planned for 2020, and there were many changes to navigate in order to bring it to life in 2023. The steering committee expresses many thanks to the host committee at Stellenbosch University for their perseverance and expertise, which resulted in an excellent OR2023 conference. For more details, you can

Slides from all talks are available in the Open Repositories Zenodo collection, with keyword OR2023, and a detailed summary of the conference was posted in SU’s news updates. 

We hope for another excellent OR conference in 2024, and planning is already well underway. In fact, the Open Repositories Steering Committee and Chalmers University of Technology are delighted to announce that the 19th Open Repositories Conference (OR2024) will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden, 3-6 June 2024 with the theme “Empowering Global Progress”. Save the date for 2024 and visit the conference web site for more information The call for proposals is expected to open in mid-October with a submission deadline of mid-December

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