We’re working to make online research & educational materials free to read, share, and modify for all.

Research Papers

We believe in Open Access—the free, immediate, online availability of research articles—to ensure that anyone with an Internet connection can read, use, and build upon research findings.

Research Data

We advocate for Open Research Data so that anyone can freely download, copy, analyze and re-process data. We believe Open Data encourages transparency and collaboration among researchers, accelerates discovery, and allows the public to engage with publicly funded data.

Education

We believe in Open Education to maximize the power of the Internet to make educational materials more affordable, more accessible and more effective for learners. We advocate for Open Education so that teachers can share, adapt, and build off existing materials.

What the community is saying about OpenCon

Blog and News

Today, SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition, in partnership with the Max Planck Society, are excited to announce that OpenCon 2017 will take place on November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany at the Max Planck Society’s Harnack House. OpenCon is more than a conference. It’s a platform for the next...
On March 31, Florida Gulf Coast University’s (FGCU) Faculty Senate passed an Open Access policy! The Open Access Archiving Policy ensures that future scholarly articles authored by FGCU faculty will be made freely available to the public by requiring faculty to deposit copies of their accepted manuscripts in the university’s...
Collaboration is at the heart of the OpenCon community.  Our global conference, satellite events, and community calls are all meant to be opportunities for those who are passionate about advancing openness in research and education to connect, find collaborators for their work, and discover new ways to get involved with...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

June OpenCon Community Call

OpenCon community calls give a chance for you to learn what's happening in open research and education around the world, share what you're doing and find collaborators and opportunities. 

Call Agenda

During this month's call, we'll be talking about building a culture of Open at our institution. We'll be hearing from members of the OpenCon community and the work that they've been doing to advance Open Access, Open Data, and/or Open Education in their institutions and regional communities.

After hearing from speakers, we will use the second half of the call to talk about OpenCon more broadly – the global conference and the application process, satellite events, and growing the OpenCon community.  Applications to OpenCon 2017 in Berlin open on June 27 (the day before), so this is a great opportunity to learn more about what the application process looks like! There will be members of the OpenCon organizing team on the call to answer any questions you may have. 

You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the community calls in one place, right here. The best way to share this link is with: http://bit.ly/OpenConCommunityCalls

Joining details

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.  If these options aren't available please email lorraine(at)sparcopen.org and we will do our best to arrange an alternate way for you to join the call! 

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. 

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Open Data Day 2017 Lagos

Open Switch Africa is proud to announce that we would be hosting a series of Open Data events in Lagos Nigeria. The events would include a workshop for the use of Open Data tools for research and academic purposes. We are aiming to build a community of Open Access enthusiasts in the newly involved Lagos State University. This event will span two major universities in the city of Lagos, the Lagos State University (Epe campus) on 25th of April and the University of Lagos (Akoka) on 4th of July, 2017.

On the 4th of July, at the University of Lagos will host an Open Data event, where we will officially launch the first Open Data project created by members of the OpenCon Lagos community. The Lagos State University event is hosted in partnership with AECES (LASU) while the University of Lagos event is hosted in conjunction with the University of Lagos Science Students Association (ULSSA). Come and learn from Open Data experts and professionals. 

Speakers and workshop leaders for the event include: 

  • Kayode Yusuf (Creative Commons Nigeria)
  • Sam Okoye (Wikimedia Nigeria)
  • Dr. Odumuyiwa (Computer Science Department, University of Lagos)
  • Babafemi Ogungbamila (CTO Interswitch Limited)
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 27 rsvps
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July 2017 Librarian Community Call

This call brings together all librarians working with, or learning about, all things Open--and gives folks an opportunity to connect with each other to better their work and librarianship.

Please share the invitation to participate in this call with any librarians on your campus who may be interested.

Call Agenda

You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.

Joining details

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.

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. 

RSVP

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