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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)
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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.
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.
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.