Sightseeing in Hamburg

In case you have time left beyond the full program of OR2019, there are a lot of things you could do in Hamburg. Once you registered on location, you can freely use the HVV public transport to get to even more remote places.

You could always consult the usual “Top X” lists on e.g. Tripadvisor to scout for the top sights, but these lists usually lack the option to simply roam the lively districts of the city, like the Schanzen– or Karoviertel, Altona or St. Pauli, which has more to offer than its infamous red light district.

This does not mean that you should not visit Hamburg’s top sights. The Elbphilharmonie, St. Michaelis, Speicherstadt, Miniatur Wunderland and the Old Elbe Tunnel are all in walkable distance from each other in direct vincinity of the harbour.


It’s not possible to visit the grand hall of the Elbphilharmonie if not for concerts. We have a handful of tickets for Devendra Banhart on Sunday, June 9th and Erlend Øye on Monday, June 10th for €68 each (best seats) – if you are interested, contact us. Visiting the Plaza is always possible and free of charge. If you don’t want to wait, you can buy tickets for visiting the plaza at a certain time; these are €2.

For the Miniatur Wunderland, the world’s largest model train exhibit, it is advisable to book tickets for admission at a certain time in advance and to bring some time for the actual visit. The exhibit is large and ever growing.

The St. Michael’s Church (or “Michel”), Hamburgs “original” Landmark, can be visited free of charge from 9 am to 7.30 pm every day, expect when there are church services. Admission to the tower costs €5.

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The newly renovated Old Elbe Tunnel is open for pedestrians free of charge and around the clock – it’s well worth walking to the southern banks of the Elbe to get a nice view of the city and harbor.

If you haven’t booked the Conference Dinner, the best way to get a good impression of the Hamburg harbor is to get on a boat. You could either opt for a Harbor Cruise or simply take a ferry to e.g. Finkenwerder (line 62), leave in Övelgönne to visit the Elbstrand and take the ferry (or the bus) back, all of which is covered by your HVV ticket.

Program available, early bird registration ends April 23

The complete program of Open Repositories 2019 (OR2019) is now available
online at:

Click on any day or session to see all scheduled talks. From the session view
you can see related abstracts. 

Please note that the program is still subject to change.

The reduced Early Bird registration fee for the conference will be available
until Tuesday, April 23rd.  

Please make sure that you register as soon as possible to take advantage of
the lower price. 

Registration open!

Good things come to those who wait… Not only have most of the acceptance and rejection notifications been sent (24×7 and poster notifications to follow soon), but registration for the conference and workshops are finally open, too!

The early bird registration ends April 23. Read all on how to register here.

Jeff Gotthelf confirmed as Keynote Speaker

We are delighted to announce that our second keynote speakers at Open Repositories 2019 will be Jeff Gotthelf.

Jeff Gothelf is a designer, agile practitioner and a sought-after international speaker. Jeff is one of the leading voices in the UX community and an expert on Lean UX, which combines UX with agile principles. Jeff is the author of  several books, such as the O’Reilly book, ” Lean UX: Designing Great Products with Agile Teams” and the Harvard Business Review Press book, “Sense & Respond.”

Deadline for Proposals Extended Until January 16

The final deadline for submitting proposals for the 14th International 
Conference on Open Repositories (OR2019) has been extended until 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019.

The conference will be held on June 10th-13th, 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

The main theme for Open Repositories 2019 is “All the User Needs”. You may review the full Call for Proposals here:

Submit your proposals at by January 16, 

There are also a small number of fellowships available:

We look forward to seeing you at OR2019!

Conference Information

Now accepting Fellowship Applications

The Open Repositories Steering Committee is now accepting applications for fellowships to attend OR2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

The purpose of the fellowship programme is to allow a limited number of qualified librarians, repository managers, developers, or researchers in digital libraries or related fields to participate in the conference.

The fellowship covers travel, accommodation, and full conference registration, including the poster reception and conference banquet.

Applicants will be asked to address the following:

  1. Financial need
  2. How participating in Open Repositories will support your professional and/or educational goals; and
  3. Willingness to participate in the conference as evidenced by note-taking/live-blogging and/or a presentation or poster submission.

Application deadline:  19 January 2019

Notifications:  early February 2019

Apply now:

Conference Information

Heather Piwowar to be a keynote, conference system open for submissions

We are delighted to announce that one of the keynote speakers at Open Repositories 2019 will be Dr. Heather Piwowar.

Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory, the nonprofit company behind the Unpaywall database for Open Access discovery.  Unpaywall’s collection of 20 million Open Access links is used by Europe PMC, Web of Science, the British Library, and thousands of libraries worldwide.  The free browser extension is used by more than 150,000 people, and the API gets a million calls a day.

A longtime advocate for Open Science, Dr Piwowar is also a leading researcher in research data availability and reuse, including a seminal paper measuring the citation benefit of publicly available research data.  Dr Piwowar has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MIT in electrical engineering, 10 years of experience as a software engineer, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics.


The 14th International Conference on Open Repositories, OR2019, will be organized in Hamburg, Germany, June 10-13, 2019.

This year’s conference theme is “All the User Needs”. The aim is to provide the attendees an opportunity to explore and reflect on the ways repositories interact with their users. In addition to the overall user-centered theme there are also a number of sub-themes, which address many of the current issues related to digital repositories and their role in open scholarship and open cultural heritage.

The Call for Proposals for OR2019 is available at We are looking for proposals for several different tracks: presentations, panels, 24x7s, developer track presentations & demos, posters, workshops and tutorials.

The submission system for proposals is now open (see The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 9, 2019.


OR2019 will again run a Scholarship Programme which will enable us to provide support for a small number of fully funded places for the conference in Hamburg. The programme is open to librarians, repository managers, developers and researchers in digital libraries and related fields. Applicants submitting a proposal for the conference will be given priority consideration for funding.

Full details are available here.

Save the date for Open Repositories 2020

The Open Repositories Steering Committee and Stellenbosch University is delighted to announce that the 15th Open Repositories Conference will be held in Stellenbosch, South Africa, from 1-4 June 2020. The conference will be organised by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service who looks forward to welcoming delegates to the first Open Repositories Conference (OR) on the African continent.

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