OpenCon 2014: Shaping our Future

June 16th, 2014 by  | Comments Off on OpenCon 2014: Shaping our Future

Our software, Open Journal Systems, has been designed to make it easy and inexpensive to put scholarly content online, free of charge to readers. OJS, now used by over 6000 journals has been PKP’s major contribution to a movement that seeks to change scholarly communications by increasing access to research and scholarship everywhere.

However, we understand that change requires more than just software. This is why PKP’s director, John Willinsky, and PKP’s Education Co-ordinator, Kevin Stranack, along with an international teaching team have recently announced the upcoming free online course: OpenKnowledge: Changing the global course of learning.

“We are exploring new ways of contributing to a larger public and professional awareness of the contribution that opening knowledge can make,” states Willinsky, Khosla Family Professor at Stanford, “to a variety of fields which are critical to seeing long-term improvements in people’s lives.”

For the same reasons, we are delighted to support OpenCon, an international conference on Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data specifically for students and early career researchers. This next generation of scholars and educators “does not have entrenched interests in keeping things closed, and is therefore ideally suited to enact change” says Juan Pablo Alperin, a researcher with PKP who is on the organizing committee for the conference.

The event will bring together students and early career researchers 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 2014 will take place between November 15-17 in Washington, DC. You can see the full press-release here.

We hope you will join us in supporting this event and help inspire the next generation of researchers and educators to advocate for openness!

Applications for OpenCon 2014 will open in August. Full and partial travel scholarships will be available to cover the cost of attendance for qualified participants. For more information about the conference and to sign up for updates, visit You can also follow OpenCon 2014 on Twitter at @Open_Con.


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