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.
Join OpenCon In Person
If you've been invited to attend OpenCon in Washington DC on November 12-14, it's time to get prepared.
Join OpenCon DC Remotely
There are so many ways to take part in OpenCon, even if you can't join us in person. There's a high quality webcast, live discussion online, and exclusive chances to engage with speakers & other participants.
OpenCon is organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and a Organizing Committee of students and early career academic professionals from around the world. You can support OpenCon by .
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
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OpenCon SWFL is an OpenCon Satellite event for the Southwest Florida Region. Are you a student wanting more affordable textbooks? A librarian seeking more information on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data? Are you a professor curious about open research and interested in supporting more affordable textbooks for your students? Then OpenCon SWFL is for you!
This half-day event will provide an introduction to open research, discuss Open Educational Resources and affordable textbooks, and teach you how to advocate on your campus.
Join us on February 3 at Florida Gulf Coast University to learn, advocate, and lead for open research and more affordable textbooks!
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.
- 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