We’re working to make online research & educational materials free to read, share, and modify for all.

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.


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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The application period for OpenCon 2018 on November 2-4 in Toronto is now open! The application is available at https://www.opencon2018.org/apply and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship. Applications will close on July 13th at 11:59pm U.S. Pacific Time.
SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition, in partnership with York University, Ryerson University, and the University of Toronto, are excited to announce that OpenCon 2018—the flagship global meeting of the OpenCon community—will take place on November 2-4 in Toronto, Canada.
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...

Upcoming Events

Monday, June 25, 2018 at 08:00 PM Kathmandu

June Pacific OpenCon Community Call

OpenCon Community Calls, discussing the issues of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data at a time friendly to the Asia Pacific region

Call Agenda


Joining details


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!

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

June 2018 OpenCon Community Call

OpenCon community calls give a chance for you to learn what's happening in open research and education around the world, share what you're doing and find collaborators and opportunities. 

During the application period we’re experimenting with using community calls to welcome new applicants to the community. For this reason, during this time calls are invitation only. If you’d like to be invited to a call, please email Joe and we’ll try and accommodate you

Friday, September 07, 2018 at 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)

OpenCon Boulder

Are you a student wanting more affordable textbooks? A librarian seeking more information on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data? Are you a professor curious about open research and interested in supporting more affordable textbooks for your students? Then OpenCon Boulder is for you!

This full day event will include a keynote from Dr. Bethany Wiggin, co-founder of DataRefuge, an open access panel, and a training session on advocating for Open Educational Resources on your campus.

Bethany Wiggin is the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities and is an Associate Professor of German at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship explores histories of migration, ecology, language and cultural translation since the Columbian exchange on both sides of the Atlantic world. She aims to engage audiences beyond the academy to participate in making knowledge to connect the arts and sciences.

Join us on September 7 at University of Colorado Boulder to learn, advocate, and lead for open research and more affordable textbooks!

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