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.
Apply to Attend OpenCon
Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 are closed! Attendance at OpenCon 2016 is by application only as most participants receive travel scholarships if needed, but anyone can attend remotely.
Organized by the Right to Research Coalition & SPARC
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.
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
How we evaluate research, and reward researchers has become the largest issue holding back mainstream adoption of Open Access & Open Data. This month's community falls during Open Access Week, which this year has the theme "Open in Action". The week is about taking concrete steps, big or small, towards openness and the community call will embrace the theme. We'll kick off the call with a talk and Q&A with experts on research evaluation. But, afterwards together we'll take a simple action on the call to accelerate the rate at which researchers are rewarded for openness.
To join the conference call from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference.
To join the conference by phone within the US, dial 855 277 1599. To join the conference by phone outside of the US, see https://www.uberconference.com/international. This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries. If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599). If a local dial-in number isn’t available for your country, we suggest you either login from your computer using the instructions above or dial the US number using Skype.
Beware, calls are minuted and possibly recorded! What happens in community calls, doesn't stay in community calls.
What to expect
Community calls are always friendly, and we love new faces. The more you participate, the more you'll get out of it! No doubt there will be a lot of this too.
Training- the- Trainers programme will be a four hour training of OA advocates to strengthen their capacity championing for open access and open science.
Training- the- trainers will be a platform bringing together post graduate students (masters and PhD) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) advocating for open access and open science from Ruaraka in Nairobi with the aim of training OA ambassadors. This training will provide a good platform to roll out OA training initiative to a large number of students and ECRs in higher learning institutions as well as research institutes/ departments.