VCU Libraries hosts OpenCon satellite conference
VCU Libraries hosted a second year of OpenCon Virginia on January 11, 2019, bringing together 130 faculty, librarians, researchers and students from across the state to advance discussion and promote action toward more open systems of research and education.
In addition to a full schedule of lightning talks, panel discussions, and workshops, the opening and closing sessions invited conference participants to explore individual and collective ways to advance open education, open data, open research practices and open access publishing.
The lead investigators of the OA in the Open project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, led a discussion about the meaning and role of collective action in open access collection development. The community manager of DORA (the Declaration on Research Assessment) led the conference in an activity to imagine how we might better value the contributions researchers make to their disciplines outside of traditional measures like journal prestige.