Open Sesame!

This time next week I’ll be on route to Washington to attend a conference about openness in academia. Tailored to early career researchers, OpenCon 2014 will bring people together from Nov 15-17th to learn and share about: Open Access, Open Data, and Open Educational Resources.

What are all of those ‘Open’ terms? Well, I’m really excited about these topics, but I’m also sometimes a bit lost in all of the terms (the miasma of seemingly superfluous jargon). These topics are changing the way that research is done and shared, and they are worth learning about. Whether you are curious but completely confused, or well-versed but looking for a refresher, the  Right to Research Coalition created three great and up-to-date introductions to these topics that will help bring you up to speed (below).

Before the videos, I just want to say a big thanks to The Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) for awarding me with the travel grant that is allowing for me to go and have this awesome experience (I’m really excited!!!). In addition to the brief report I’ll write about what I learn, I’ll be shooting a short video while I’m there that will [hopefully] allow me to share my experience with others and maybe help to further clarify some of these terms, so stay tuned for that! If you don’t get to go Washington in person, you can still take part in a satellite event or the livestream!

Open Data  with Ross Mounce:

Open Access with Nick Shockey:

And Open Educational Resources with Nicole Allen and David Wiley:

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