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.

What the community is saying about OpenCon

Blog and News

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...
Last week, we held our monthly OpenCon Community Call, which fell during Open Education Week. During the call, we heard from five members of the OpenCon community doing fantastic work to advance Open Education.  In case you weren’t able to make it, here’s a quick recap of some of the...
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.

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

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM West Central Africa

Open Data Day 2017 Lagos

Open Switch Africa is proud to anounce that we would be hosting a series of Open day day events in Lagos Nigeria. The events would would include a workshop for the use of open data tools for research and academic purposes and we would build a community of open access enthusiast 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 th 4th of July, at the University of Lagos hosted Open data event, we would 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 proffessionals.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

April 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

To kick off the launch of OpenCon Collaborate, this month’s call will be focused around collaboration and supporting Open projects. We’ll hear about some exciting projects happening in the OpenCon community that are looking for help & support. We’ll then have some time for Q&A, and open time for anyone who wants to share any Open projects that they’ve been working on!

Confirmed speakers and their projects will be made available on our agenda, which you can access herehttp://bit.ly/OpenConCommunityCalls 

Interested in getting involved with a project, or just want to hear more about some of the exciting initiatives happening in the Open community? Be sure to join this call!   

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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Tuesday, May 09, 2017 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 4 rsvps

May 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. 

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