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.

What the community is saying about OpenCon

Blog and News

Ahead of OpenCon 2018, we are today releasing an update to the OpenCon Code of Conduct. This update is informed by our experience putting the code to use during and after the 2017 meeting and the lessons learned as a result.
At its core, OpenCon is a community, and healthy communities are only possible when the individuals within them feel safe. Because of this, we have been working continually to strengthen the OpenCon code of conduct—both the code itself and the guidelines around its enforcement. We feel it is essential that...
Students can have a tangible impact on an open access policy at their universities, and that impact that doesn’t have to end when we graduate. As open access advocates, we are fighting a long fight—one that might take longer than our degrees. It can take years to pass an OA...

Upcoming Events

Friday, January 11, 2019 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
James Branch Cabell Library in Richmond, VA

OpenCon Virginia 2019

Register for OpenCon Virginia

When: Friday, January 11, 2019

Where: James Branch Cabell Library, 901 Park Ave, Richmond, VA 23284

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries is hosting OpenCon Virginia, an event that will bring together students, researchers, educators, librarians, and others who want to learn how to create a more open system of information in research and education. 

This event will be abiding by the OpenCon Code of Conduct, which outlines our expectations for event participants and process for handling reports of misconduct. Participants who have any concerns or want to report a violation of the code of conduct can contact Hillary Miller at hmiller5@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0462. Concerns or reports can also be submitted anonymously through this Google form.

Participants who need any special assistance or accommodations can provide information about their requirements on the registration form. If you have any questions about venue or event accessibility, or you would like to discuss your requirements further, please contact Hillary Miller at hmiller5@vcu.edu or (804) 827-0462.

Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad Street, West Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. There is no charge to attend this event, and lunch will be provided. Seating is limited, so please register to attend.

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