OR10 – Madrid

Well, it’s Friday already and the 5th International Conference on Open Repositories is starting to draw to a close.  It’s been an excellent conference with an exceptionally full programme, starting at 9.30 each morning, with sessions running until 7 or 8pm, and a full social programme to contend with after the meetings end!

With Madrid sizzling in the mid to high 30s, there has been no problem encouraging the 200+ delegates to participate in the presentations, user-groups and workshops!  Special thanks should go to the organizing team and the staff at the comfortably air conditioned Palacio de Congressos, with its delightful Miró  murals, which is located directly opposite  Real Madrid’s Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. The programme has been both stimulating and motivating.

This community of repository professionals is truly global, and although each country has different priorities and ways of doing things, our overall aims.  It is really fantastic to be able to share experiences with a group of similarly motivated professionsals from all corners of the world.  The RSP (and colleagues from RoMEO, OpenDOAR, and RCS) have had the opportunity to develop some relationships with a number of international partners.  Of all the meetings I have participated in, I was particularly pleased with discussions with colleagues from CAIRSS in Australia and (with my UKCoRR hat on) the international COAR partnership.

The conference dinner was quite literally a winner, with the World Cup semi-final match between Germany and Spain being shown to an enthusiastic crowd, and of course Spain emerging as victors.  RoMEO was also a winner, gaining second prize for best poster.

Well, I must grab a coffee before dashing to the next session, and I’ve certainly got plenty to think about over the weekend and plenty to do to follow up when I get back to the office next week…

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