York hosts open access conference, invites community members to apply

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York University’s Dean of Libraries has announced that OpenCon 2018, the prestigious international open access conference, will take place at York University’s Keele Campus Nov. 2 to 4.

The event runs in partnership with University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

OpenCon creates an opportunity for energetic, engaged students and early career academic professionals to learn about open access, open education and open data. It also provides an opportunity for participants to develop critical skills, find collaborators and catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information.

Delegates become part of the larger OpenCon community, which has more than 10,000 participants from more than 176 countries and remain engaged through monthly community calls and their own projects, campaigns and initiatives.

Due to the popularity and international reach of the conference, enrollment for OpenCon is highly competitive. A cohort of attendees is selected from a pool of thousands of qualified candidates. As the hosting institution, the York University community has been offered five spaces for OpenCon 2018.

The Open Access Open Data Steering Committee is offering these spaces to York University community members, and will select five participants from the applications received, based on the likelihood that participation will translate into impact.

Those interested in participating are asked to apply using this web form. Deadline for submission is Friday, Oct. 19, end of day. Selected participants pay no registration fee. The registration cost of $300 USD is supported by York University Libraries.

By supporting OpenCon, the Open Access Open Data Steering Committee is very pleased to offer the campus a wider forum for discussion and consideration on changes to the system of scholarship, sustainability of current economic models of scholarship, access to publicly funded research, issues surrounding authors rights in the digital age, new scholarly distribution systems and other connected open movements.

Joy Kirchner, dean of Libraries, and Rebecca Pillai-Riddell, associate vice-president, Research, are co-Chairs of the Open Access Open Data Steering Committee.