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

Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 09:00 AM London through November 17, 2017 · £5.00 GBP · 34 rsvps

OpenCon 2017 Cambridge

OpenCon 2017 is the student and early career academic professional conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data being held in Berlin 11-13 Nov 2017.

The OpenCon 2017 Cambridge satellite event on 16 Nov 2017 will bring together students, early career academic professionals and open advocates from around Cambridge (although anyone is welcome to join us!).

This year's OpenCon theme is “Open in order to...” and the OpenConCam’s theme is ‘Open for everyone’.. Our goal is to support and build the open community in Cambridge. We want to empower attendees whatever their background to make a difference in their respective fields through open research, data, education and access and ensure that that difference is inclusive.

Our committee have brought together a great program of speakers but there is also time scheduled for focus group discussion around actions that we can take to make a change in the world. Furthermore there's ample time set aside in the day for attendees to find answers and solutions to their questions and issues with open practices and hopefully build new collaborations for the future.

You can follow the main OpenCon event in held in Berlin on #OpenCon, and you can join the discussion around the Cambridge satellite event at #OpenConCam2017 and follow us @OpenConCam.

We're grateful to PeerJ and Arcadia for their support which keeps the cost low for all participants.

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 09:00 AM Nairobi

OpenCon 2017 Nyeri

The event aims to bring together researchers, early career professionals, open access advocates and students with diverse professional backgrounds. It will be a great opportunity to network and create awareness on the importance of open access and our roles as professionals in contributing to an open world.


Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 AM West Central Africa · 60 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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