About OpenCon: conference, satellites & community
OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data, develop critical skills, and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data. OpenCon 2016 will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, with satellite events hosted around the world.
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What the community is saying about OpenCon
OpenCon 2014 was the best conference I have ever been to. The presentations, speeches, and workshops as well as all the connections I made at OpenCon educated me about the exciting developments occurring not only in Open Educational Resources, but Open Access and Open Data as well. I left informed and inspired to continue on as an open advocate. Full of word class attendees, organizers, and presenters, OpenCon was a once in a life time opportunity that I will never forget.
Chardaye Bueckert, President of the Simon Fraser Student Society
OpenCon was the most energetic and intellectually stimulating conference I have attended. Meeting people so immersed in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education was inspiring and has since motivated myself and Martin Bentley to start Open Access South Africa: A Student Network. I am honoured to be a part of a community so fully committed to access to education and research across the world.
Uvania Naidoo, Open Access South Africa Co-founder, MA Candidate (UCT)
Blog and News
OpenCon 2017 Kumasi will include a talk on the essence of open access and open sharing. We'll discuss why we need to openly share in this day and era, and the need to also increase the accessibility of contents in the open stream.
**NOTE: We have changed the venue location to HapaSpace.
- Intro & Icebreaker
- Keynote: Why open access?
- Brainstorming: How can we augment the status quo?
- Break out Sessions: Creative Commons, Wikipedia and Mozilla
- Q & A
- Wrap up/Closure
On March 4, we will be celebrating the International Open Data Day, in Aarhus! Come and join us!
If you are interested to work, use, share open data using a human-centered design approach: Inspiration, Ideation and Implementation, producing rapid prototypes, this is the event for you!
The event will start at 10 am and finish at 2 pm. The program schedule may be adjusted depending on the group size and intensity of the work.
This event is being led by Paula Morais, who participated in the Open Con 2015 and in Open Data Barometer 2015, and Naomi Lipke, who has experience organizing and leading events, workshops on openness. Naomi Lipke has already launched an app using open data, supported on human-centered design.
Coffee break and lunch (sandwiches) will be served in the meeting area.
These meetings will continue throughout 2017 with monthly community meetings related to open data, open access, open education and community projects. Dates and location to be announced.
Open Switch Africa and the University of Lagos Science Student Association will be hosting an Open Data symposium with the theme "Data determines development - 3D". This event is an offshoot of the previous OpenCon 2016 Lagos conference which held on 23rd of December, 2016.
The event will take place in the University of Lagos on 4th of March, 2017 in recognition of Open Data Day, which is being celebrated in different countries around the world. Our event will bring together students, researchers, and early career professionals who are interested in learning about Open data and its numerous opportunities. Social inclusion and economic empowerment can be achieved in a society where citizens have universal access to existing and accurate data, ranging from public information to specialized or customized information related to one’s profession, vocation or culture.
This is not just a conference, it is a growing community of people all around the world who believe in a positive change in our regard for data recording and processing.