OpenCon 2015 Applications are Open!

Applications to attend OpenCon 2015 on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium are now open! The application is available on the OpenCon website at opencon2015.org/attend and includes the opportunity to apply for a travel scholarship to cover the cost of travel and accommodations. Applications will close on June 22nd at 11:59pm PDT.

OpenCon seeks to bring together the most capable, motivated students and early career academic professionals from around the world to advance Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data—regardless of their ability to cover travel costs.  In 2014, more than 80% of attendees received support.  Due to this, attendance at OpenCon is by application only.

Students and early career academic professionals of all experience levels are encouraged to apply.  We want to support those who have ideas for new projects and initiatives in addition to those who are already leading them.  The most important thing is an interest in advancing Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data and a commitment to taking action. We also hope to use applications to connect applicants with opportunities for collaboration, local events in your area, and scholarship opportunities to attend other relevant conferences.

OpenCon is equal parts conference and community.  The meeting in Brussels serves as the centerpiece of a much larger network to foster initiatives and collaboration among the next generation across OpenCon’s issue areas.  Become an active part of the community by joining our discussion list, tuning in for our monthly community calls and webcasts, or hosting an OpenCon satellite event in your community.

Apply now, and join the OpenCon community today!

About OpenCon:

Hosted by the Right to Research Coalition and SPARC, OpenCon 2015 will bring together students and early career academic professionals from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.  OpenCon 2015 will be held on November 14-16 in Brussels, Belgium.

OpenCon 2015’s three day program will begin with two days of conference-style keynotes, panels, and interactive workshops, drawing both on the expertise of leaders in the Open Access, Open Education and Open Data movements and the experience of participants who have already led successful projects.

The third day will take advantage of the location in Brussels by providing a half-day of advocacy training followed by the opportunity for in-person meetings with relevant policy makers, ranging from the European Parliament, European Commission, embassies, and key NGOs. Participants will leave with a deeper understanding of the conference’s three issue areas, stronger skills in organizing local and national projects, and connections with policymakers and prominent leaders across the three issue areas.

OpenCon 2015 builds on the success of the first-ever OpenCon meeting last year which convened 115 students and early career academic professionals from 39 countries in Washington, DC.

Speakers at OpenCon 2014 included the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States for Legislative Affairs, the Chief Commons Officer of Sage Bionetworks, the Associate Director for Data Science for the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and more than 15 students and early career academic professionals leading successful initiatives. OpenCon 2015 will again feature leading experts, and the program will be announced in the coming months.

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Introducing Open Access India Ambassadors

The first two proud Ambassadors of the Open Access India are Ms. Sri Amudha S., a full time PhD candidate in Dept. of Library and Information Science, Pondicherry University.  and Mr. Sandeep Rawal, a PhD Scholar, Department of AgronomyCCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar.

To take forward the Open Access movement in India and to build the momentum by involving all the stakeholders, the Open Access India had followed the foot steps of OKFN‘s Ambassador Scheme and the Max Planck Society‘s Open Access Ambassadors, and had given call for the Open Access India Ambassador Scheme. By this scheme, the Community would have a network of volunteers in India for advocating Open Access, Open Data and Open Education. More on how to apply Ambassador, please see the post and fill out the form here.

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Apply to Attend OpenCon 2014

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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. It is organized by the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), and an Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers from around the world.

Submit the form <http://www.opencon2014.org/apply to apply to attend OpenCon 2014. Applications will remain open until August 25th at 23:59 PDT. Acceptance decisions are made by our Organizing Committee of students and early career researchers, and accepted applicants will be notified by September 12th.

Why is there an application process for OpenCon 2014? Who is eligible to apply to attend OpenCon? Have other questions about OpenCon? View participant FAQ <http://www.opencon2014.org/apply/faq>.

Source: http://www.opencon2014.org/

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Iryna Kuchma wins EPT 2nd Annual OA Award

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The second annual Open Access award for the year 2012 instituted by the Electronic Publishing Trust for Development (EPT) went to Iryna Kuchma for her great contributions towards Open Access in the World.

Iryna is programme at EIFL-OA which is working for removing barriers to knowledge sharing.  The blog post on OA award by EPT says that, “Since the establishment in 2003 of the EIFL-OA progamme, Iryna has been the first full-time programme manager, thus she is largely responsible for EIFL’s accomplishments in the field of Open Access”. Ms. Iryna’s achievements includes, establishment of more than 490 Open Repositories in the 45 developing and transition countries, development of more than 3,400 Open Access Journals and development of 34 OA policies in the EIFL regions. Please see here for all the achievements of EIFL-OA and the contributions of Iryna for the Open Access polices around the world.

The very first kind of this type of award for the developing countries was launched in year 2011 and the first award went to Dr. Francis Jayakanth of IISc, Bangalore, who was responsible for the ePrints@IISc, an institutional repository of Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore.

The EPT had also recognized the work of Susan Veldsman from South Africa with the award of a certificate of commendation for her advocacy and training work on Open Access in her region.

Source: :  http://epublishingtrust.net/ept-2nd-annual-oa-award/

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