About the Conference

Open Repositories 2007, the Second International Conference on Open Repositories, provides a significant opportunity to anyone involved in the design, development, deployment, or management of open repository software. The conference will allow attendees to keep abreast of the rapidly changing repository landscape, share experiences, exchange ideas, and plan for the future.

Under the theme of Practice and Innovation, Open Repositories 2008 addresses the issues facing all the stakeholders in repository activity: digital library researchers, repository platform developers, institutional repository managers and instituional research managers. The conference continues the very successful format of general conference plenary sessions that cover cross-cutting and overarching issues followed by concurrent Open User Group meetings for DSpace, Fedora, and EPrints. As well as technical and research sessions, meetings of the UK Council of Research Repository Managers and the EurOpenScholar group of European Universities Senior Managers will address the management aspects of repository deployment.

The general conference program will feature two keynote talks, as well as six plenary sessions for papers and panels that address interoperability across open repositories. OR08 is hosted by the University of Southampton. The conference will take place March 31st-April 4th 2008 in Southampton, UK.

Your Opportunity to Sponsor the Conference

Sponsorship represents a valuable opportunity for your organization to demonstrate active involvement in the global effort to build and sustain interoperable open repositories that provide broad access to scholarly information and resources. You will be able to reach an international audience of possible collaborators, partners, and customers, and to align your goals with others involved in an important new technology. Sponsoring OR08 will bring world-wide visibility to your organization.


Who is Taking Part

The conference will attract attendees from all over the world. The Open Repositories community is particularly well-established in the UK, US, Europe, Canada and Australia. The Steering Committee anticipates approximately 300 registrants for OR08. Participants may include deans/directors of digital initiatives, technical staff responsible for repository software, management and policy setters, and applied researchers in digital libraries and similar fields.


Southampton is on the South coast of England and is located one hour from London by train, or from Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Paris by air, it is an excellent base to explore the UK or northern Europe. Originally a viking settlement, Southampton boasts the longest medieval city walls still surviving in England.

Southampton is an historically important maritime port and has played a significant role on the world stage over the last 500 years. In 1415, King Henry V's forces sailed from Southampton for the Battle of Agincourt and in 1620 the Mayflower took the pilgrims to the New World. The city has also witnessed the the maiden voyages of both the Titanic in 1912 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

Sponsor Level Recognition and Benefits

Gold Sponsor
Silver Sponsor
  • Logo on front cover of conference program
  • Mention in all conference literature as Gold Sponsor
  • Logo on every page of conference website, linked to separate page of your content
  • Complimentary conference registration
  • Inclusion of promotional flyer in attendee bags
  • Logo in conference program
  • Mention in all conference literature as Silver Sponsor
  • Logo on sponsor page of conference website
  • Smaller logo in conference program
  • Mention in all conference literature as supporter
  • Smaller logo on sponsor page of conference website

Additional sponsorship opportunities exist for evening receptions, exhibition stands, posters or vendor presentations.
Please contact Leslie Carr to discuss your requirements.