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.


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.

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A new way to take action with the OpenCon community, from wherever you are We often say that OpenCon is more than just a conference — it’s also a global community made up of diverse people, all with a shared vision of a more equitable and open system for sharing...
The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is the first scientific society to host an OpenCon satellite event.  ECS OpenCon will take place on Sunday, October 1 at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center in National Harbor, MD, in conjunction with the 232nd ECS Meeting. The gathering will bring together some of the...
Post en Español The annual OpenCon global conference convenes the most promising students and early-career academic professionals advancing open access, open data, open educational resources, and many other aspects of open scholarship. However, OpenCon is more than a conference; it is also a growing international community of people who support...

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 06:00 PM London · £5.00 GBP · 9 rsvps
Digital Science in London , United Kingdom

OpenCon 2017 London

Digital Science, alongside three of our portfolio companies – Altmetric, Figshare and Overleaf, have teamed up with ScienceOpen and the Know Center to organise an OpenCon satellite event to be held in London on the 21st November. This event will form one of the many international satellite events of the bigger OpenCon 2017 conference that will take place a week earlier in Berlin, Germany.

OpenCon is the student and early career academic professional conference that focuses on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. It seeks to empower the next generation to advance openness in research and education.

OpenCon satellite events are organised by those who are passionate about communicating the important messages of Open Information with the world, and are welcome to anyone interested in joining the conversation and connecting with a community of like-minded individuals.


9.00 AM - 5.00 PM - OpenCon Hackathon. Please note that you must sign up separately for this here.

6.00 - 7.00 PM - Meet and greet with drinks and food (provided)

7.00 - 7.15 - Introduction

7.15 - 8.00 - Keynote talk with Prof. Sophie Scott

8.00 - 9.00 PM - Panel discussion on the topic 'Open for Business'?


  • Mark Hahnel, Figshare
  • Peter Kraker, Open Knowledge Maps
  • Catriona MacCallum, Hindawi

The £5 ticket fee is a retainer. Funds collected will be redisbursed as a prize for the 'blog' competition that we are running up until the event in partnership with Authorea. For more details on entry, please see the website. The winner will be announced at the event.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:00 AM Islamabad

OpenCon 2017 UET Lahore

OpenCon 2017 UET Lahore will be a workshop about Openness in Research and Education. It will consist of talks on Open Education, Open Data, and Open Access.

Thursday, November 23, 2017 at 10:00 AM West Central Africa · 67 rsvps

OpenCon 2017 Calabar

OpenCon 2017 Calabar is an opportunity to enlighten the next generation on the Open Knowledge trifecta: Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

At the event we will be discussing ways to create a more open system for sharing the world's information by maximizing the power of the internet. There will be video highlights from OpenCon 2017, keynotes from experts and public figures, workshop training, open discussions and networking.

From the well structured agenda, a maximum of 120 participants; consisting of students, graduates, early career researchers and professionals will build vital skills - To become Open Knowledge advocates, raise institutional awareness and organize local/ national campaigns on Open Knowledge.

OpenCon 2017 Calabar also presents a platform to connect with the OpenCon community, invite friends and recruit change agents.


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