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

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.
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...

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

August 2019 Librarian Community Call

This year's Open Access Week theme is "Open for Whom: Equity in Open Knowledge". Do you have a plan? Are you looking for ideas? Join us for an Open Access Week brainstorming session and make the most of your remaining planning time! Members of the Open Access Week Advisory board will introduce the theme, then we’ll share ideas. To get the most out of this call you will need access to a computer and our discussion document.

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. 

Friday, November 01, 2019 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 260 rsvps
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.

RSVP to stay in the loop and be notified of the call for presentations! Please note that an RSVP is not registration; a registration form will be forthcoming closer to the event.

The Call for Papers is now open!
We welcome submissions from students, practitioners, affiliated and independent researchers, those working for nonprofits, in civic tech, K-12, public libraries, and other community members. Proposals with representative and inclusive speaker involvement will be favored by the committee. 
Proposals are due by midnight on July 26, 2019.


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