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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.

Education

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, April 25, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

April 2018 OpenCon Community Call

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.

Call Agenda

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.

Joining details

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!

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Monday, April 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM UTC

OpenCon 2018 Kaduna

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. 

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

May 2018 Librarian Community Call

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.

Call Agenda

You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.

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.

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. 

RSVP

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