OpenCon 2016: at the crossroads of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data

OpenCon is both a conference and a platform for the next generation to learn about Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data. OpenCon 2016 will be held in Washington, DC on November 12-14, 2016, with satellite events hosted around the world. Apply by July 11 and take the opportunity to get a scholarship!


OpenCon: conference, satellites and community

OpenCon is both a platform for the next generation and a unique conference series and community that aims to empower the next generation to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

Once a year, OpenCon brings together leading students and early career academic professionals from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information - from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.

In just two years (since 2014), OpenCon’s community has grown to include several thousand students and early career researchers from across the globe. 


Discover OpenCon 2014 and 2015. Apply to OpenCon 2016

OpenCon seeks to convene energetic, effective students and academic professionals interested in openness in research & education - regardless of ability to cover travel costs.

Because of this, most participants receive travel scholarships, and attendance at OpenCon is by application only.

Through a programs of keynotes, panels, workshops, webcasts and hackathons, participants build skills and knowledge in key areas - from raising institutional awareness to coordinating national campaigns and Open Research and Education.

On the OpenCon platform you can find and freely access collected talks, panels, workshops and unconference sessions from OpenCon 2015 as well as from OpenCon 2014.

Speakers at previous OpenCon conferences have included Jimmy Wales (Co-founder of Wikipedia), Amy Rosenbaum (Director of Legislative Affairs to the President of the United States), Mike Eisen and Pat Brown (Co-founders of PLOS), Julia Reda (Member of the European Parliament), and Phil Bourne (Associate Director for Data Science of the U.S. National Institutes of Health), and more than 15 students and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives.

(Source: @open_con)


OpenCon 2016 -   hosted by SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition - will be held on November 12-14 in Washington, DC. 

OpenCon 2016’s three day program begins with two days of keynotes, panels, interactive workshops, and unconference sessions drawing both on the expertise of leaders in the Open Access, Open Education and Open Data movements and the experience of participants.

On the final day, participants receive advocacy training and educate policy makers in small groups on open research and education.

Applications are now open. The application includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship.

Applications will close on July 11th at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.

Information you provide is subject to the OpenCon Privacy Policy, and questions marked with a caret (^) will be released as Open Data.

All questions are required unless otherwise noted, and answers should be written in English. Applications will be reviewed by alumni of past OpenCon conferences, and final decisions will be made by our Organizing Committee.

OpenCon 2016 it’s an opportunity to find collaborators, get connected with scholarships to attend related conferences, and be recognized by the community for the work you do to promote Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.


To find out more about OpenCon before applying, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about these issues, CLICK HERE.


Participate freely in the interactive webcast, OpenCon Live

While attendance at the main conference in Washington, DC is by application only, everyone is invited to participate freely in the interactive webcast, OpenCon Live, in a meaningful way.

Join OpenCon for a few hours, or a few days, from wherever you are to become an expert in Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education, build your network, and help advance progress (note: OpenCon Live doesn't affect your chances of getting a travel scholarship to attend in person). 


Support OpenCon 2016 and become an active part of the OpenCon community

Whether its underwriting the meeting as a Leading Sponsor, hosting a coffee break, or simply sponsoring a student or early career participant to attend, your support and the support of other like-minded organizations are critical in ensuring OpenCon is a success.

See who else has sponsored OpenCon: OpenCon 2014 Sponsors, OpenCon 2015 Sponsors.

Reserve your sponsorship and connect with the OpenCon organizers.

If you would like to support OpenCon but none of the above options work for your organization, please get in touch.

If you want to become a partner of OpenCon, use the form HERE to sign up.

To express your interest in hosting a satellite event in your community, CLICK HERE.

(Source: OpenCon2016)


OpenCon 2014 & 2015 drew participants from over 40 countries across five continents. OpenCon satellite events have been hosted across 25 countries with approximately 2,000 participants. Community initiatives including Community Calls, OpenCon Discussion List and Collaboration forum can expand your network even further.

You can also become an active part of the community by joining OpenCon discussion list, tuning in for OpenCon’s monthly community calls,  webcasts, and news on Twitter @open_con.

Visit OpenCon FAQ if you have any other questions.


Source: Opencon


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