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Applications to attend OpenCon 2014 in Washington, DC from November 15-17 are officially open!  

Students and early career researchers can apply now at The application form includes the option to apply for a travel scholarship, which will be awarded to many accepted participants.

Organized by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2014 is the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and will be held on November 15-17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The meeting will convene students and early career researchers from around the world and serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance OpenCon’s three focus areas

Applications will remain open for 3 weeks—until the end of the day on August 25th. However, we strongly encourage you to apply early. Acceptance decisions will begin to be made immediately, and if you will need a visa to travel to the United States, an early acceptance decision could give you more time to successfully apply for a US visa.

We’re also excited to announce our first OpenCon 2014 speakers, including Dr. Philip Bourne, the Associate Director for Data Science at the United States National Institutes of Health, and John Wilbanks, the Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and 2012 TED Global Presenter. You can find more details on the program at

OpenCon 2014 Program


The following major themes will be addressed during the keynotes, panels, and workshops at OpenCon 2014:

  • Successful student & early career researcher-led projects
  • The current state of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data
  • Evaluating research and researchers: incentivizing openness
  • How to be open as an early career researchers
  • Innovative models for publishing and peer-review
  • How openness creates new platforms and why they’re important
  • The impact of Open: concrete benefits of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data
  • How to be an effective advocate for Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data


OpenCon 2014 will feature two sessions of workshops, with up to 4 workshops running simultaneously. Below are some examples of the workshops that will be featured:

  • How to be open as an early career researcher
  • Text & data mining
  • Open Access advocacy in developing nations
  • The Open Access Button

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