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. You can support OpenCon by .

Join the next generation of advocates & scholars to shape the future of Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

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Open Education Week 2017 is just around the corner, taking place March 27 - March 31, 2017. The goal of this week is to raise awareness around Open Education: educational resources, practices and tools that are openly available to access, modify, and reuse.
SPARC (the organizer and host of OpenCon) is happy to support Open Research Data activities this Open Data Day through mini-grants for events around the world. See below an announcement of the program reposted from David Selassie Opoku at the Open Knowledge International Blog.
Despite countless policies and mandates promoting open access, as well as the development of tools and resources that facilitate it, and despite years of advocacy work, the majority of researchers are still not compelled to make their research outputs freely and publicly available. But why not? Why is it that...

Join the next generation of advocates & scholars to shape the future of Open Research and Education.

Upcoming Events

Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:00 PM Monrovia
TBD in Accra, Ghana

OpenCon 2017 Accra

This OpenCon satellite event will focus on Open Data to create awareness and share ideas about Open Data and strides made in Ghana. 

Saturday, April 01, 2017 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Talley Student Union in Raleigh, NC

OpenCon 2017: NC Student Leaders

Join NCSU Libraries for a full-day student conference to build leadership and outreach skills, learn to market yourself and your work to prospective employers, and connect with other students. Participants will learn how to use and create "open content," that is, work that can be freely accessed, used, and shared by anyone. In the first half of the day, participants will receive an overview of "open" and hands-on experience with open tools for sharing their own work, such as Creative Commons licensing, Wikipedia editing, and GitHub Pages. In the second half of the day, participants will have the chance to meet local professionals who have used "open" to grow their career, and learn tips and tricks for how they can do the same. Participants will leave with the skills to make their own work open, advocate for openness, and market their open experiences to potential employers or collaborators. Come with an idea, or plan to be inspired!

Apply to be an OpenCon: North Carolina Student Leader 

Keynote Speaker: 

Tom Callaway has been at Red Hat since 2001. Currently, he is the University Outreach lead for Red Hat, working to help students and educators understand, use, and contribute to open source efforts. He is a founding contributor to the Fedora Project, handles all Fedora Legal issues, and currently maintains more than 300 software packages in Fedora. In his (limited) spare time, he enjoys gaming, geocaching, pinball, hockey, and 3D printing. Tom Callaway is the author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013)

Saturday, June 03, 2017 at 12:00 PM West Central Africa

Open Data Day 2017 Lagos

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.