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
The event is organised with an aim to promote Open Culture in Academics.It will be primarily focusing on the advantages of Open Access, Open Education and Open Data for modern academia. The event will be having a mix of expert talks, panel discussions and webinar depicting the implementation of Open Access in varied setups and expert lecture on Creative Commons.The event will be providing a learning experience to the participants by actively participating in Panel Discussions for clearing doubts and developing better understanding about Open Access,Open Education and Open Data for Overall Development.
Working to advance Open day to day can be tough, and we don’t take enough time to sing our (and others) praises and acknowledge all we’ve done. On the community call this month, we wanted to give time and space for just that because without it, it’s easy too get burned out and frustrated. Open Education Week, and Open Data Day will have just passed, and we’ll take the time to check in with folks since the OpenCon Do-a-thon. However, we’ll also try and take a moment to stay critical and consider who our efforts aren’t reaching, what and who we’re not valuing, and how we could be doing better. Expect to leave the call energized about all that’s happening and ready to dive back into the work.
You can find all the agendas and minutes from community calls in one place, right here.
Calls are always better with your contributions! Here are some questions to get you thinking before the call. These questions are for Open Data Day & Open Education Week, and the general activity happening year round:
- What have you been up to that you can share with the call? Big or small, successful or not, it all matters
- What have you seen others doing that was cool, and would like to highlight?
- What would you like to have seen more of / less of across?
- Who didn’t you see during the celebrations? Are there folks being left out of these efforts we can work to engage?
We strongly suggest joining the call from your computer whenever possible.
To join from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference. This requires the Google Chrome or Firefox browser. We recommend joining 5 minutes before the call to address any technical issues, and as there will be a chance to do a quick mic check. You can also use the mic check system here.
To join the conference by phone within the US, dial +1 855 277 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 (+1 855 277 1599) using Skype.
What to expect
Community calls are always friendly, and we love new faces. We’ve got some tips for first-timers, but in short, the more you participate, the more you'll get out of it!
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.
You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.
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.