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OpenCon Virginia

OpenCon top image. A Series of red doors illustrated by Jeff Bland



James Branch Cabell Library
901 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284


VCU invites students, faculty, librarians, scientists, writers and researchers to the Virginia satellite session of the international conference OpenCon on Jan. 12, 2018.

OpenCon Virginia will bring together students, researchers, educators, librarians, and others who want to learn how to create a more open system of information in research and education. The program will include keynote presentations, lightning talks, and breakout sessions on topics of open data, reproducibility, open educational resources, new methods and models of open publishing, and more.

The event is free and open to all, but please register. Parking is available for a fee in the West Broad StreetWest Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks. For special accommodations, or to register offline, please call the VCU Libraries Events Office at (804) 828-0593.

Watch Livestream

Follow this link see a livestream of the keynote presentations and lightnight talks.


Agenda for the conference on the OpenCon website

About the Speakers

Hilda Bastian, Ph.D., works at the National Institutes of Health to make clinical effectiveness research accessible as the lead for the PubMed Health team and support post-publication scientific discourse as the lead for PubMed Commons. Bastian was a health consumer advocate in Australia in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Controversies riddled with ideology and vested interests drove her to science, and epidemiology and effectiveness research have kept her hooked ever since. She was a founding member of the Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia, the Cochrane Collaboration and its Consumers and Communication Review Group. In 2004 she joined the group of people who helped build Germany’s national Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG). Bastian is a member of the PLOS One Human Research Advisory Group, and a member of Wikipedia’s WikiProject Medicine.

Tressie McMillan Cottom, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology at VCU and faculty associate with Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society. She researches and publishes on race/class/gender, education, and technology in the new economy and is the author of Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy (2017, The New Press) and is also co-editor of two academic books: “Digital Sociologies” from Policy Press and “For Profit U” from Palgrave MacMillan. She speaks extensively, including recent invitations to The White House, South Africa, New Zealand, and Italy. Her public scholarship has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR's “Fresh Air,” “The Daily Show,” Slate, and The Atlantic to name a few.

Images: Thumbnail courtesy of OpenCon Virginia. Top Image illustrated by Jeff Bland.


VCU Libraries

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
All Libraries
Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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