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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Blog and News

OpenCon 2017 Campinas was the second edition of our satellite event that took place on October 27. As well as our first meeting, we ran it before the main conference in combination with our National Science and Technology Week.  It was a one-day event focused mainly on Open Education. This year, we offered...
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...

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 09:00 AM West Central Africa through January 25, 2018

OpenCon 2018 UHAS

OpenCon 2018 UHAS promises to be an outstanding open resource advocacy event. Scheduled for 24th and 25th January, there will be a keynote lecture on Open Access, lightening talks, expert-led panel discussions, exhibition of 3D-printed lab ware and training on the use of research tools like R, GitHub and KNIME.

Very experienced researchers shall engage participants with some facts about research and how to use open resources to their benefit. Others will take participants through OpenLabware and how to print lab tools using 3D printing. Each participant will be provided with snack refreshments during the event and will receive OpenCon-branded Certificate of Participation. 

Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
Online Event

OpenCon 2018 K-12 Athabasca

This will be a virtual, free K-12 Open Educational Resources Teacher PD Offering. To register for this event, Building the K-12 OER Teacher Network on January 25, 2018, go to https://goo.gl/forms/InTGpgeu4tk2SfaM2

See the full event schedule at here

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

January 2018 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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