Earlier today, SPARC and the Right to Research Coalition announced OpenCon 2016 - which will occur on November 12-14, 2016, at the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.
OpenCon brings together the most energetic students and early career academic professionals from around the world to learn about, discuss, and advocate for open access, open data, and open educational resources. The three-day program will begin with two days of keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, and the third day will provide a half-day of advocacy training followed by in-person meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the US Congress and federal agencies to embassies and key NGOs. The conference is an amazing way to meet like-minded people who are passionate about making knowledge distribution more accessible, equitable, and transparent. In fact, many of the current OOO Canada core committee members are alumni of previous OpenCon meetings.
OpenCon aims to bring participants from around the world, regardless of their ability to cover travel costs. For this reason, attendance at OpenCon is by application only, and the majority of past participants have received travel scholarships.
Applications to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC will open on June 6th. For more information about the conference and to sign up for updates, visit www.opencon2016.org/updates.
*This post was adapted from OpenCon's announcement, which you can find here.