Code of conduct

The OPF is committed to making our events a collaborative and inclusive experience for every participant. We promote diversity and the free expression of ideas, and we will strive to ensure that all participants feel welcome to work, learn, and exchange ideas in an environment of professionalism and mutual respect. 

We encourage open, critically engaged, and respectful discourse. Participants are expected to respect and celebrate the diversity of practices and cultural discourse that characterises the global digital preservation community.

Our events are primarily conducted in English, though this may not be the native language of many of our participants. We therefore strive to express ourselves simply and clearly remembering that unnecessary use of jargon and slang will be a barrier to understanding for many of our colleagues.


As a courtesy, please always ask prior to creating sound or video recordings of any sessions. Please be thoughtful and respectful when sharing photographs of others, recordings, and publicly sharing others’ ideas.

Inappropriate behaviour

We consider any comments that reinforce social structures of domination related to the following characteristics to be inappropriate:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Education
  • Gender
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Language
  • Marital or family status 
  • National or regional origin
  • Physical appearance
  • Political belief
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sexual orientation
  • Socio-economic status

Discrimination, bullying, or harassment on any of these grounds, including via electronic media, will not be tolerated. 

Reporting inappropriate behaviour 

If you are subject to inappropriate behaviour, or if you witness another participant being harassed, bullied or discriminated against, please contact an event organiser immediately. For less urgent matters, you can email [email protected]

If a participant engages in inappropriate behaviour, the OPF may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the event. 


Portions of this policy are modified from:

iPRES Code of Conduct

RMA Code of Conduct

OLA Code of Conduct

Open Repositories 2018

PASIG 2020