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

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...
The annual OpenCon global conference brings together the most promising students and early-career scholars advancing open access, open data, open educational resources, and many other aspects of open scholarship. However, OpenCon is more than a conference; it is also a growing international community who supports sharing knowledge and advocating for...

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 09:45 AM Pacific Time (US & Canada)

OpenCon 2018 Montréal

OpenCon Satellite Montréal 2018 – Programme*

SPARC, organisme dédié à la promotion du libre accès, est à l’origine d’un mouvement qui s’adresse aux professionnel.le.s de tous les milieux s’intéressant à l’Open Access, l’Open Science, l’Open Education et l’Open Data. En plus d’une réunion annuelle internationale (http://www.opencon2018.org), il soutient l’organisation d’événements satellites pour en faire la promotion à une échelle locale.

C’est dans cette perspective que l'EBSI, en collaboration avec la Chaire de recherche du Canada en écritures numériques et les Bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal, désire vous inviter à cette première édition de OpenCon Satellite Montréal.

La journée sera divisée en quatre périodes : trois panels d’intervenant.e.s portant sur le Libre Accès, la Libre Éducation et les Données libres, suivis d’un atelier de nature interactive.


9h45 – Accueil

10h00 – Mot de bienvenue

10h15-11h35 – Session 1. Ressources éducatives libres

  1. Pascale Blanc (Vitrine technologie-éducation)
  2. Isabelle Laplante (ÉDUQ)
  3. Robert Gérin-Lajoie (EDUlib – UdeM)
  4. Simon Villeneuve (Projet éducatif WMF, Cégep de Chicoutimi)
  5. Hugh McGuire (Librivox)

11h35-12h45 – Session 2. Données ouvertes

  1. Patrick Lozeau (Laboratoire d'innovation urbaine de la Ville de Montréal)
  2. Marina Gallet (Wikidata - Cinémathèque québécoise)
  3. Diane Sauvé (Bibliothèques de l’Université de Montréal)
  4. Mathieu Gauthier-Pilote (Fondation Lionel-Groulx)

12h45-13h30 – Dîner libre

13h30-14h45 – Session 3. Libre accès

  1. Florence Piron (Édition Science et Bien commun, Université Laval)
  2. Émilie Paquin (Érudit)
  3. Geoffrey R. Little (Presses de l’Université Concordia)
  4. Michael Sinatra et Marcello Vitali-Rosati (Collection Parcours numériques, Université de Montréal)
  5. Émilie et Jean-Marie Tremblay (Les Classiques des sciences sociales)

14h45-15h00 - Pause

15h00 – 17h00 – Atelier

17h00 – Mot de la fin

*Les interventions d’une durée de 10 minutes seront suivies par une discussion de 30 minutes pour chacune des sessions.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 10:00 AM West Central Africa
University of Ghana Legon in Accra, Ghana

OpenCon 2018 Accra

Open Access Week, is a global event an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The objective of the event is to create awareness about open access week and also build momentum around the topic of open access, data and open education which is not very rampant in a county like Ghana and also use the opportunity to connect with the community to engage in outreach & Collaboration tools for events, networks, campaigns, and research, development, and sharing of best practices on open access and open education.

Friday, October 26, 2018 at 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

OpenCon 2018 New York City

Join us for OpenCon 2018 New York City featuring talks, workshops, and unconference sessions centered on open data, open access, and open education. 

If you’re interested in leading a session, giving a lighting talk, or presenting your work, please fill out this form.

Opening Reception and Lightning Talks, Oct. 25 2018, 6-9pm will take place at SFE/Two Sigma (101 6th Ave, 23rd fl.)

Full Day Workshops, Oct 26, 8:30am-5pm will take place at Adelphi University Manhattan Center (75 Varick St 2nd fl.)



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