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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.


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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

August 2018 Librarian Community Call

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. 

This year's Open Access Week theme is "Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge" (http://www.openaccessweek.org/). Do you have a plan? Are you looking for ideas? Join us for an Open Access Week brainstorming session on August 14 and make the most of the remaining 68 planning days! This brainstorming session will be in a different format from our usual calls. To get the most out of this call you will need access to a computer and the call notes (linked here). The objective of the call is to answer this question: How might we as scholcomm librarians change behavior around diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities during Open Access Week? With a series of brainstorming questions and moderated recapping.

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. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 12:00 PM West Central Africa
Babcock University Guest House in Ilishan-Remo, AL

OpenCon 2018 OGUN

This is a local meeting about Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education: the free availability of scholarly articles, data, and educational resources online. Satellite events are held in partnership with a global annual OpenCon meeting, which will be held in Washington, DC this November 2018.

Our event in Ogun will bring together students, researchers, members of the public, and our esteemed guests who are interested and or into learning more about accessibility of information in research and education.

There will be talks by local speakers and panel sessions to discuss Open Issues and solutions. We believe this event will be relevant to faculty members, lecturers, librarians, professionals and students who are interested in getting involved, or are already involved, with Open initiatives at their institution/organizations.

To register your interest to speak and secure your OpenCon t-shirt swag, please click here. We hope to see you there!
Friday, September 07, 2018 at 09:00 AM Mountain Time (US & Canada)
CU Boulder Rec Center in Boulder, CO

OpenCon Boulder

Register for free today! bit.ly/OpenConBoulder18 Registration will close August 31.

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 start with a keynote from Dr. Bethany Wiggin, co-founder of DataRefuge and the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. 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.

The keynote will be followed by a panel on “Building Towards an Open Access Future.” Panelists for this event will include a variety of Colorado stakeholders in higher education:

Shelly Miller, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, CU Boulder
Mike Palmquist, Associate Provost for Instructional Innovation, Colorado State University
Shea Swauger, Researcher Support Services, Department Head, Auraria Library
Laura Michaelson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychology and Neuroscience, CU Boulder

Following lunch, we will take a deep dive into Open Educational Resources (OER) for a full afternoon advocacy workshop, and an update about local initiatives and legislation. Each attendee will leave with their own engagement plan to apply workshop lessons to their own context and goals.

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

**This is a satellite event of the OpenCon community and does not provide travel scholarships. The main OpenCon conference, which will be held November 1-2 in Toronto, closed applications in early July.**

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