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
Just waiting for everyone to realize you’re a fraud, totally unqualified, and that all your success is down to luck? You might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome, and you’re not alone, many in the community struggle with it. There is no quick fix to Imposter Syndrome, but talking helps. We hope that the call will help give you tactics to deal with Imposter Syndrome, connect you with others who are also struggling, and help us all understand how we can support one another.
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:
- How has / does Imposter Syndrome affect you?
- What tactics have you found helpful for you?
- What would you say to others struggling?
- How can we make the most of our Imposter Syndrome?
- How can we support others with Imposter Syndrome, ourselves and as a community?
- How is Impostor Syndrome socialized/reinforced by gender/race?
As ever, we welcome folks to join the discussion to listen, but encourage folks to come prepared to share their experiences in the discussion if they can... you’re totally qualified.
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!
The Open Con Kaduna satellite event is a workshop organize to introduce scholars to open access issues. The theme of the workshop is Open Access for advancing scholarly publication advancing scholars. the following are the objectives of the workshop,
(1) To introduces participants to Open Access publishing
- Conceptual clarity:
- Open Access, Open data and Open Research
- Benefit of Open Access Publishing
(2) To introduce scholars to various tools for collaborative research
- Introducing participant to fig share, overleaf and open repository
(3) To introduce Scholars to Open Access archiving tools for their publication
- To train Scholars on registering their digital identity on the various repository e.g (ORCID, Research gate, Academia.edu)
- To train researchers on uploading their Research Publication
- Social media for Open Access
The workshop is targeted to Scholars who are interested in the use Open access, open data and Open research from Kaduna State University, Kaduna Polytechnic, Nigerian Defence Academy and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.
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.