OpenCon 2017

This post was originally written for and published on the University of Manchester Library’s Research Plus blog here.

Photo by: R2RC, License: CC0, Edited by: Rachael Ainsworth

I applied to attend OpenCon 2017 to be inspired by and network with other pioneers of the Open Movement. There were thousands of applicants for this year’s event from over 175 countries, but there were only a few hundred places at the conference to represent our global community. I was wait-listed to attend based on my main application (which you can read on my GitHub here along with the response from the OpenCon 2017 Organising Committee). This was pretty good considering the odds, but I was still gutted. However, I was lucky enough to see that the University of Manchester Library was holding a competition to sponsor a student or staff member to attend. I therefore remixed my main application to answer the University of Manchester-specific questions (which you can read on my GitHub here) and submitted it to the competition. I was very happy when it was announced that I won the sponsored place! Continue reading “OpenCon 2017”

Reflections on the Open Science conferences of 2017

I’ve been lucky to represent the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics (JBCA) and the University of Manchester (UoM) at a number of open science conferences and events over the past few months — the first Open Science Fair in Athens, the first Open Research Forum here by the UoM Library, the 8th Mozilla Festival in London and the 4th OpenCon in Berlin. This post includes brief reflections on each of these experiences. Continue reading “Reflections on the Open Science conferences of 2017”

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