Programme overview

Below is an overview of the conference schedule. For full session details, see .

IMPORTANT! Main conference session Zoom links will be available only in Sched, and only to registered attendees. Find Zoom links at 

Registered attendees received an email with information about accessing Sched. Those registered for workshops were sent links for their workshop(s) via email.

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Note: Registration is now closed, as we have reach maximum capacity. If you were not able to register for the conference, most sessions will be livestreamed and recorded:


Recordings: (available within a few days)


For more information about the keynote speakers, see the keynotes list.

Monday 07 June

08:00-16:00 UTC Workshops (parallel sessions, see  workshops list)

Tuesday 08 June

13:00-15:00 UTC Welcome, keynote address by Sir Jeremy Farrar (Wellcome Trust) and Ideas Challenge introduction – Recording on Zenodo and YouTube
15:00-16:00 UTC Panel: Speaking up and speaking out – who will shape the narrative for OA repositories? Recording on Zenodo and YouTube
16:00-17:00 UTC Parallel sessions: 1. Repositories & COVID-19, Fostering diversity & inclusion – Recording on Zenodo and YouTube. 2. Fedora, DSpace & Islandora community updates – Recording
17:00-18:00 UTC Networking session

Wednesday 09 June

08:00-10:00 UTC Parallel sessions
12:00-13:00 UTC Posters Minute Madness!
13:00-15:00 UTC Panels (including the annual Repository Rodeo!)
15:00-17:00 UTC Parallel sessions
17:00-18:00 UTC Networking session
22:00-23:00 UTC Keynote address by Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll (University of Arizona)
23:00-01:00 UTC Parallel sessions

Thursday 10 June

08:00-10:00 UTC Parallel sessions
12:00-13:00 UTC Networking session
13:00-14:00 UTC Keynote address by Dr. Bianca Amaro (LA Referencia)
14:00-15:00 UTC Parallel sessions
15:00-16:00 UTC Closing remarks, Ideas Challenge – suggest your idea or join the team!


Note that there are 2-3 workshops in parallel during each session. Most are 90 minutes, however,  some are 3 hours and extend through multiple sessions.

Brokerage Event Towards a FAIR Compliant Commons in the ASREN Region

Workshop slides and recording

08:00-11:00 UTC | 100 participants

This workshop will frame the landscape of actions carried out in Africa to promote FAIR principles and Open Science. We aim to bring together solution seekers, solution providers, policy makers and end users to trigger new collaborations. Although this event is mainly targeting the ASREN region, it will include perspectives from Europe, as well as from other parts of Africa. This workshop will include presentations showcasing a wide variety of tools, services and approaches to building FAIR-compliant repositories in the ASREN region, a “pitch-session” in which 5-6 organizations looking to implement FAIR compliant repositories share their plans and seek collaborations with other workshop participants, and a hands-on tutorial exploring the features of a FAIR compliant repository. Workshop page with the agenda and information for the Hands-on tutorial.

Lights and shadows in integrating and supporting ORCID in
repository platforms

Workshop recording on Zenodo and on YouTube.

08:00-09:30 UTC | 50 participants

Persistent identifiers are definitely crucial for a metadata-driven approach to repository design. ORCID disambiguates researchers and contributors, and connects them with their research activities. This includes employment affiliations, research outputs, funding, peer review activities, research resources, society membership, distinctions and other scholarly infrastructure. Repository systems integrations with ORCID add visibility to repository content and their authors, facilitate collaboration and networking, and help organizations with institutional reporting systems and national assessment programs.

The aim of this interactive workshop is to present not only benefits, but also challenges and difficulties on the integration of ORCID within institutional repositories. In order to achieve this, this workshop is organised into 3 parts: It starts with two short presentations about the essentials of ORCID integrations, supplemented/illustrated by some examples. Next the group will split into different breakout groups to allow participants to discuss concrete questions, so that they can brainstorm and contribute with their experiences and insights. Finally, ideas will be shared and the opportunities and limitations of integrating ORCID in repositories will be summarized.

How repositories can increase their FAIR share

Workshop slides and recordings on Zenodo and on YouTube

09:30-11:00 UTC | 500 participants

To better support wider sharing and reuse of research data, many organisations and research groups are developing strategies to foster a FAIR data culture – i.e., one where data are findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable. Repositories play a central role in enabling FAIR data practice and open scholarship. During last year’s Open Repositories conference, the European Commission funded FAIRsFAIR project shared a draft transition programme which is intended to support repositories on their journeys to become more FAIR-enabling by developing guidance and sharing examples of good practice in relation to supporting the production and use of FAIR data. In 2021’s follow-up workshop we share lessons learned in a more intimate collaboration with ten repositories and introduce two online tools for FAIR data assessment. This is the starting point for a discussion about the practical support that repositories may need on their FAIR journey. At the end of this 90-minute workshop for repository managers, research data librarians and data stewards, attendees will have an overview of the FAIRsFAIR materials available to support them in preparing for repository certification as well as the tools for FAIR data assessment provided by the project.

Getting started with DSpace 7.0: Basic training

Workshop recording & slides on Zenodo and on YouTube

13:00-16:00 UTC | 500 participants

DSpace 7.0 is a major step in the evolution of the DSpace platform and repositories in general. While retaining its ease-of-use, out-of-the-box goals, DSpace 7.0 features a brand new, client-side, responsive user interface (built on Angular), a full-featured, self-describing REST API, and a powerful new configurable object model (featuring entities with relationships).  This 3-hour workshop will provide basic training on DSpace 7.0, due to be released in Q1 or Q2 of 2021.

Attendees will learn about the installation / upgrade process and new configuration options. All new features will be discussed or demonstrated (including the new public, submitter and administrative user interfaces and new REST API). The workshop will conclude with step-by-step examples of branding/theming the new user interface (which could be followed for a “hands on” tutorial). The workshop will wrap up with a brief overview of new features to look forward to in 7.1, 7.2, etc.

Introduction to Fedora 6.0

Recordings and slides on Zenodo and YouTube

13:00-14:30 UTC | 100 participants

Fedora 6.0, the next major version of the software, is quickly approaching a production release. This workshop will provide an overview of the software and basic concepts, examples of deployments, and an overview and demonstration of the core features, with a particular focus on new features in version 6.0. We will also discuss the product roadmap and ways to get involved with the Fedora community.

This is a technical workshop pitched at an introductory level, so no prior Fedora experience is required. General knowledge of the role and functionality of repositories would be beneficial. Attendees who wish to participate in the optional hands-on sections will need to access an online sandbox via a URL that will be provided ahead of the workshop.

Making repositories part of your digital strategy: Experience from the Samvera Community

Workshop slides and recordings on Zenodo and on YouTube

13:00-14:30 UTC | 100 participants

The aim of this workshop is to provide a space where senior staff involved in strategic planning within their organisations can explore how digital repositories can contribute a key component in the implementation of a digital strategy.  Furthermore, the workshop will look at how engagement with, and participation in, an external open-source community can be a part of that contribution.  The workshop will use experience from Partners and Adopters within the Samvera Community to provide use cases relevant to these themes.  Attendees are encouraged to make use of this workshop to clarify their own needs, discover how Partners and Adopters of the Samvera Community have addressed these needs, and explore how they have aligned their own repository developments with local strategic planning.  Alongside delivery of content within the workshop there will be a focus on discussion and Q&A to help identify how to address strategic needs through sharing of experiences. 

Europeana Data Model (EDM) Workflows in Archipelago

Workshop slides and recordings on Zenodo and YouTube

14:30- 16:00 UTC | 100 participants

Archipelago is an open source repository system developed and supported by the Digital Services Team at the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). Archipelago leverages Drupal’s core content management and custom Archipelago components, the Strawberryfield modules, to form a flexible and extensible digital repository system. All data, including metadata, for digital objects and collections is stored in JSON, and can be cast into different metadata schemas and displays depending on practitioner, institution, and community needs. Archipelago’s primary focus is to serve greater repositories, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage communities by providing an adaptable, consistent, and unified way of describing, storing, linking, and exposing metadata and media assets. During this workshop, participants will learn how to implement and extend the Europeana Data Model (EDM) in an Archipelago repository, and learn how Archipelago’s schema extensibility can be applied to any other data model/standard. Participants will first engage with a live presentation and demonstration, then be invited to interact with an Archipelago instance containing EDM structured metadata webforms and display templates, and populated with freely available Europeana-sourced (consented and attributed) example digital objects and collections. This workshop is for all practitioners involved with metadata modeling, creation, and management in repositories environments.

Machine-Actionable DMPs in the Repository: Motivation and Implementation

Workshop slides and recordings on Zenodo and on YouTube

14:30- 16:00 UTC | 100 participants

Data Management Plans (DMPs) are required increasingly to be submitted alongside ethical approval and  funding applications for research projects, requiring researchers to consider what data will be produced as  part of their research and how that will be managed and stored going forwards. These are typically  managed in separate siloed systems, and stored in unstructured formats (eg. PDFs). Recording a DMP in a  structured “machine-actionable” format enables systems to report and act on the planning information held  within these documents.  

In this session we will examine how DMPs can be structured in a machine-actionable way, and explore some  of the benefits of managing them in the repository alongside dataset deposit and management features.  This will include discussion of the challenges in adapting institutional and funder forms to map to a  machine-actionable data model, and the use of the RDA Common Standard for machine-actionable DMPs.  The implementation of machine-actionable DMPs in Haplo Repository will be used as a case study.  

We will look at “quick wins” for attendees looking to implement maDMPs in their institutions, as well as  consider some of the possible longer term benefits this approach enables. 

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