OpenCon works to make research & education more open and equitable.
OpenCon is a community of emerging leaders that has advanced open policies, launched projects and organizations, built new tools, fostered the adoption of open practices, and hosted events in 44 countries & 24 languages—reaching over 9,500 participants. The community’s focus is not only on making research and education open but also on ensuring that we create a fundamentally equitable future.
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From her recent testimony to the U.S. Congress to the publication of her book, Data Cartels, Sarah Lamdan’s work has significantly broadened awareness of the evolution of library vendors into surveillance businesses focused on controlling and monetizing data. Join us on Tuesday, February 14th, at 12pm ET / 9am PT for a discussion with Sarah about this evolution and the risks it poses to users, libraries, and the future of knowledge sharing. The conversation will also touch on opportunities to take action to address these privacy threats, including through SPARC’s Privacy & Surveillance Community of Practice.
Note: This call is open to those working in libraries and academic institutions rather than vendors, who are asked to respect the purpose of these calls for candid discussion.
Agenda and Notes
You can find all the proposed agendas and notes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.
To join the call via Zoom from your computer, go to https://sparcopen-org.zoom.us/j/89548290778?pwd=VnI4alZrMWJvNW0yd1Q3NjRBY3ZpUT09
To join the conference by phone within the US, dial 669 900 9128 and enter the meeting ID and passcode copied below. To join the conference by phone outside of the US, see https://sparcopen-org.zoom.us/u/kbAaqOdwMB. 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.
Meeting ID: 895 4829 0778
Community Calls are not recorded to support a safer environment for open and honest discussion. However, notes are taken.
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.
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.
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Organized by the Right to Research Coalition & SPARC
OpenCon is organized by SPARC, the Right to Research Coalition, and a Organizing Committee of students and early career academic professionals from around the world.