We’re working to make online research & educational materials free to read, share, and modify for all.
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.
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.
What the community is saying about OpenCon
OpenCon 2014 was the best conference I have ever been to. The presentations, speeches, and workshops as well as all the connections I made at OpenCon educated me about the exciting developments occurring not only in Open Educational Resources, but Open Access and Open Data as well. I left informed and inspired to continue on as an open advocate. Full of word class attendees, organizers, and presenters, OpenCon was a once in a life time opportunity that I will never forget.
Chardaye Bueckert, President of the Simon Fraser Student Society
OpenCon was the most energetic and intellectually stimulating conference I have attended. Meeting people so immersed in Open Access, Open Data and Open Education was inspiring and has since motivated myself and Martin Bentley to start Open Access South Africa: A Student Network. I am honoured to be a part of a community so fully committed to access to education and research across the world.
Uvania Naidoo, Open Access South Africa Co-founder, MA Candidate (UCT)
Blog and News
OpenCon es la conferencia internacional sobre acceso abierto al conocimiento científico y académico, educación abierta y datos abiertos. Ademas de ser una conferencia, OpenCon es una comunidad global que permite el intercambio de ideas y la discusión constante para contribuir al movimiento abierto, la ciencia, la educación inclusiva y el desarrollo. OpenCon es organizada por Right to Research Coalition, SPARC(The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) y un comité integrado por estudiantes y profesionales académicos jóvenes, de diversas partes del mundo.
En el 2016 en el evento global que se llevo a cabo en Washington D.C notamos la importancia de llevar OpenCon a la comunidad Latinoamericana. Costa Rica continúa enfrentando una serie de desafíos económicos, tecnológicos y sociales para aumentar la adopción del modelo educativo abierto. Queremos reunir a estudiantes, profesionales, investigadores, profesores, sociedad civil, entre otros agentes de cambio que estén dispuestos a enfrentar estos desafíos con el respaldo de la comunidad OpenCon global.
OpenCon Costa Rica 2017 es co-organizada por el Programa de Libertad de Expresión, Derecho a la Información y Opinión Pública (PROLEDI)
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.
Government officials and civil servants play a critical role in advancing openness in research and education around the world. We’ve been thrilled to see a growing number of early career individuals working in government join the OpenCon community this past year and express their interest in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. For this month’s OpenCon Community Call, we’ll be focusing on the next generation of government officials and policymakers—to discuss how they’ve brought open into the work they do and their experience in doing so.
The call will be facilitated by Guillermina Actis from the National Research Council of Argentina. Guest speakers will include Carly Robinson from the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, and Eunice Mercado, from Mexico's National Research Council.
Early career civil servants from around the world are encouraged to attend, regardless of your involvement with OpenCon, as well as all members of the OpenCon community. 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
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.
The Electrochemical Society is an international nonprofit scientific society that independently publishes the Journal of the Electrochemical Society, the Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, ECS Transactions (meeting proceedings), and Interface (quarterly membership magazine). ECS OpenCon will be held in conjunction with the 232nd ECS Meeting in National Harbor, MD. Our event is completely free to attend but we would greatly appreciate any donations, all the proceeds of which will go toward our campaign for complete open access and open science scholarly communications tools!
ECS OpenCon will feature vocal advocates in the world of open science and open access. Speakers will examine the intersection of advances in research technology infrastructure, the researcher experience, funder mandates and policies, as well as the global shift that is happening in traditional scholarly communications.
We hope you can make it! If not, you can watch it live on the ECS YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ECS1902
Check out our agenda and be sure to RSVP!