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.
Discover & Advance
Over its first five years, many important discussions have happened at global OpenCon meetings. View the highlights from past years and get inspired to take action yourself.
Hosting an OpenCon Community Call is a great way to advance the discussion around open research and open education in your community. Learn more about hosting and the resources we have for support.
Last month, SPARC released a new analysis of Elsevier’s ScienceDirect documenting a variety of data privacy practices that directly conflict with library privacy standards. By analyzing the privacy practices of the world’s largest publisher, the report describes how user tracking that would be unthinkable in a physical library setting now happens routinely through publisher platforms. On December 12th at 12pm ET / 9am PT, the next OpenCon Librarian Community Call will feature a discussion with Becky Yoose, the lead author of the report, who will provide an overview of this new analysis and actions librarians can begin to take to protect users. Leaders from SPARC’s Privacy & Surveillance Community of Practice will also join the call to discuss forthcoming resources and how libraries can be more involved in this work.
Registration is now required for OpenCon Librarian Community Calls. You can register for the December call here, and as a reminder, OpenCon Librarian Community Calls are limited to those working in libraries.
Agenda and Notes
You can find all the proposed agendas and notes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.
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.
Blog and News
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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.