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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.

Education

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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Blog and News

In this third blog post in our series about OpenCon’s code of conduct, we answer some of the recurring questions about the code and how it works in practice. You can find the first two posts in this series here and here. We will continue to look for opportunities to...
Today, we’re announcing a shift in how SPARC supports OpenCon to reflect the OpenCon community’s evolution. Instead of hosting a global conference in 2019, we will focus on laying the long-term foundation for the OpenCon community, and will host a reconfigured global meeting in 2020. This decision was driven by...
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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 14, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

October 2019 Librarian Community Call

For October’s OpenCon Community Call, we welcome Charlotte Roh, Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of San Francisco, and Nathan Hall, Director of Digital Imaging and Preservation Services at Virginia Tech.  Both served as co-authors on the new ACRL Scholarly Communications Research Agenda, Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future. We will discuss how we can move to more inclusive and equitable methods of scholarly communications.  

If you haven't read it yet, take a look at the Research Agenda here!

This call brings together all librarians working with, or learning about, all things Open--and gives folks an opportunity to connect with each other to better their work and librarianship. 

Call Agenda

You can find all the proposed agendas and minutes from the Librarian community calls in one place, right here.

Joining details

To join the conference call from your computer, go to https://www.uberconference.com/SPARCconference

To join the conference by phone within the US, dial 855 277 1599.  To join the conference by phone outside of the US, see https://www.uberconference.com/international.  This page provides local dial-in numbers for 50 countries.  If available, you can dial into the local number for your country then enter our conference line information when prompted (phone number: 855 277 1599).  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.

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. 

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Friday, November 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Temple University in Philadelphia, PA

OpenCon 2019 Philly

Join us at Temple University for OpenCon Philly, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as we share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in our work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all.

Registration for OpenCon Philly is now open!
Register here: http://bit.ly/openconphillyregistration
View the full schedule with session descriptions: http://bit.ly/openconphillyfullschedule

Attendance for this event is limited and we anticipate a wait list. If you are interested in participating, please register right away.

To keep event costs minimal, we cannot provide travel assistance or childcare for this event. We will provide a light breakfast and an afternoon snack, but lunch and dinner are on your own. We will be organizing a few dinearounds for lunch if you want to dine with other attendees (sign up for one upon when you check in at registration). There are also several nearby food trucks.

If you have any questions or difficulty registering, please contact Maria Aghazarian (maghaza1@swarthmore.edu) or Annie Johnson (annie.johnson@temple.edu).

Schedule:
8:30 - 9:15 - Registration & light breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 - Welcome Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 - Open for Whom?: Critical Discussion of Open Scholarship and Education
Panelists: Jennifer Garcon (University of Pennsylvania), Maryam Qonita (NYU), and Allyson Wind (East Stroudsburg University)

10:30 - 11:00 - Mid-morning break

11:00- 12:00 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Data for the People: Open Civic Data Initiatives in the Philadelphia Region
Panelists: Robert Cheetham (Azavea), Kim Korejko (Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission), Kistine Carolan (City of Philadelphia), Hank Garie (City of Philadelphia)
Track 2: Reimagining the Disposable Assignment: Open Pedagogy in Action
Panelists: Seth Bruggeman (Temple University), Margery Sly (Temple University), Abby Gruber (Temple University), Heather Sharkey (University of Pennsylvania), Reem AlRabiah (University of Pennsylvania), Heather Froehlich (Penn State University Park), Marissa Nicosia (Penn State Abington), Christina Riehman-Murphy (Penn State Abington)
Track 3: Is Open Science the Future of Science?
Panelists: Jaclyn Taroni (Childhood Cancer Data Lab), Kevin Webb (Swarthmore College), David Smith (Temple University)

12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch (On your own)

1:30 - 2:15 - Lightning talks
Talk 1: Flip the Textbook: Science in Translation with Student-Created OERs
Presenter: Carrie Baldwin-SoRelle (Lehigh University)
Talk 2: OER Beyond Textbooks: Meeting Student Needs in the Health Sciences
Presenters: Natalie Tagge (Temple University), Greg Laynor (Temple University)
Talk 3: Making Open the Norm: Five Quick Language Tips for Advancing Open Access
Presenter: Lauren Collister (University of Pittsburgh)
Talk 4: Are Your Students Ready to Create Open Data?
Presenters: Sarah Jones (Temple University), Gretchen Sneff (Temple University)
Talk 5: Facilitating Data Discovery through an Open-Source Data Catalog
Presenter: Melissa Ratajeski (University of Pittsburgh)
Talk 6: Archiving and Teaching the History of the Local Chinese Community in Iowa
Presenter: Shu Wan (University of Iowa)

10 min break (Snacks available)

2:25 - 3:10 - Afternoon workshops
Track 1: Hypothes.is: An Open Online Annotation Tool for eBooks and the Web
Presenter: Michael Nieckoski (Rowan College of South Jersey)
Track 2: Digital Assessment, OER, and Learning
Presenters: AmberNicole Pfannenstiel (Millersville University), Rob Spicer (Millersville University), Matt Fox (Millersville University)
Track 3: Inclusive Design for Open Access Materials: Workflows, Tools, and Logistics to Consider When Ensuring Access for Disabled Members of Your Community
Presenter: Jasmine Clark (Temple University)

10 min break (Snacks available)

3:20 - 3:50 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Organized for Affordability: Pennsylvania's Statewide Textbook Project
Presenters: Steven Bell (Temple University), Jill Morris (PALCI), Dan Stafford (Kutztown University)
Track 2: Advancing Open Through an OA Fund: Perspectives from Two Libraries
Presenters: Christine Davidian (Rowan University), Shilpa Rele (Rowan University), Jennifer Matthews (Rowan University), Larissa Gordon (Thomas Jefferson University), Daniel Verbit (Thomas Jefferson University)
Track 3: The Promises and Potential Problems of Creating Open Historic Data
Presenters: Bayard Miller (American Philosophical Society), Cynthia Heider (American Philosophical Society), Bethany Farrell (American Philosophical Society)

10 min break (Snacks available)

4:00 - 4:30 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Ghost River: The Fall and Rise of the Conestoga
Presenter: Will Fenton (Library Company)
Track 2: GOALI: Providing Access to Legal Information in the Developing World
Presenter: Courtney McAllister (Yale University)
Track 3: The Impact of OER on Student Performance and Engagement
Presenters: Isabelle Chang (Temple University), Jennifer Sliko (Penn State Harrisburg)

4:30 - 5:00 - Closing and Next Steps

5:15 - Tour of Charles Library
Friday, December 06, 2019 at 09:00 AM West Central Africa

OpenCon 2019 Southeast Nigeria

Join us at Federal University of Technology, owerri. (FUTO) for OpenCon Southeast Nigeria, a free one-day series of panels and interactive workshops for idea exchange and learning around open access, open education, and open data. Connect with regional colleagues and find future collaborators as we share success stories, learn from each other’s failures, and discuss challenges in our work towards making research, educational materials, data, and government information more equitable and accessible to all. This event is free and open to all.

RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified when registration opens! Please note that an RSVP is not registration; registration will open October 1.

Schedule: (subject to change)

8:30 - 9:15 - Registration & light breakfast

9:15 - 9:30 - Welcome Remarks

9:30 - 10:30 - Open for Whom?: Critical Discussion of Open Scholarship and Education

10:30 - 11:00 - Mid-morning break

11:00- 12:00 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Data for the People: Open Civic Data Initiatives in the Southeast Region
Track 2: Reimagining the Disposable Assignment: Open Pedagogy in Action
Track 3: Is Open Science the Future of Science?

12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 - Lightning talks
Talk 1: Flip the Textbook: Science in Translation with Student-Created OERs
Talk 2: OER Beyond Textbooks: Meeting Student Needs in the Health Sciences
Talk 3: Making Open the Norm: Five Quick Language Tips for Advancing Open Access
Talk 4: Are Your Students Ready to Create Open Data?
Talk 5: Facilitating Data Discovery through an Open-Source Data Catalog

10 min break (Snacks available)

2:25 - 3:10 - Afternoon workshops
Track 1: Hypothesis: An Open Online Annotation Tool for eBooks and the Web
Track 2: Digital Assessment, OER, and Learning
Track 3: Inclusive Design for Open Access Materials: Workflows, Tools, and Logistics to Consider When Ensuring Access for Disabled Members of Your Community

10 min break (Snacks available)

3:20 - 3:50 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Organized for Affordability: Southeast Statewide Textbook Project
Track 2: Advancing Open Through an OA Fund: Perspectives from Two Libraries
Track 3: The Promises and Potential Problems of Creating Open Historic Data

10 min break (Snacks available)

4:00 - 4:30 - Concurrent sessions
Track 1: Providing Access to Legal Information in the Developing World
Track 3: The Impact of OER on Student Performance and Engagement 

4:30 - 5:00 - Closing and Next Steps

5:15 - Tour of Imo state Library
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