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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.

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I am a 25 year old Master’s student in Cognitive Science. I like kickboxing, reading mangas, prefer Python over R, and I happen to care about Open Science. In this blog post I would like to tell you about the reasons why I applied to attend OpenCon 2016, why you...
As a Psychology Professor at a public post-secondary institution with an open admissions policy, I care a great deal about Article 26 of the United Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights—the one that asserts that “higher education shall be equally accessible to all”. This is doubly true when you consider...
I get easily bored at conferences. Especially if they are lecture-based and speakers are talking about their published work. I did my K12 education in Senegal, West Africa and it was not hands-on. We just sat and listened all day. After I moved to Europe, and later the US, my...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

July 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

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.
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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Saturday, July 29, 2017 at 10:00 AM West Central Africa
OAU Cooperative Hall in Ile-Ife , Nigeria

OpenCon 2017 Ife

Every year, Nigerian graduates produce substantial amount of research papers, as part of their academic fulfillment, with topics that are innovative, informative and indigenous to our society. At OpenCon Ife 2017, we will be discussing openness of a digitized final year project, an online resource and research papers that is accessible to all. Open data and open access will create opportunities, appreciate students efforts, and bridge the gap between the academic and private/public sector. This event will bring together students, early career researchers and graduate students, to learn from open data advocates, and organizations to inspire and learn about data. There will be workshop trainings, open discussion, and connecting with others. It is an opportunity to be part of an idea, that is crucial to the students research output. OpenCon Ife 2017, will be taking place July 29th, at Cooperative Hall, Behind Banking Area, Obafemi Awolowo University.

Confirmed speakers will include:

  • Olaniyan Olushola - President Wikimedia UG Nigeria. 
  • Oludotun Babayemi - Co Founder of Connected Development
  • Dr. Oluwole Daramola - Senior Lecturer, Department of Urban and Regional Planning

 

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 25 rsvps

August 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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