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Friday, November 2


Community as Foundation for Culture Change
Communities lie at the core of successfully making the transition to systems of research and education that are open by default. Culture is actively created by the individual decisions that people make everyday. However, when looking what open advocates prioritize and where investments are made, it seems this is regularly forgotten. Too often we built for rather than with. We create technical infrastructure then ask communities to adapt to the tools rather than building them in deep collaboration with the communities they seek to serve. We talk about the important of changing behaviors, but too rarely support the numerous and varied ways in which this work needs to happen. To make open research and open education a reality—in ways that realize their full potential and are equitable—community building needs to be the foundation upon which our other efforts are built. This panel will explore examples of how community building can lie at the core of the shift to open and reasons why this is essential.


Stacy Allison-Cassin

Associate Librarian, Digital Pedagogy, York University
Stacy Allison-Cassin is an Associate Librarian at York University. She has held a variety of roles, including digital pedagogy, digital humanities, and cataloguing librarian for music. She held the W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship from 2015-2017.
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Juan Pablo Alperin

Co-Director, Simon Fraser University
Dr. Juan Pablo Alperin is a co-director of the #scholcommlab, as well as an assistant professor at the Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and an associate director of research of the Public Knowledge Project at Simon Fraser University, Canada.
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Leadership Team, PREreview
As 1/3 of the PREreview Leadership Team I am committed to increasing the adoption of preprints and facilitating the training of early career researchers in peer review.
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Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou

Co-Organiser of Africa OSH and President of Association for the Promotion of Open Science in Haiti and Africa (APSOHA)., Projet SOHA
I am a PhD Candidate at Laval University (Canada), working on: The Contribution of the maker movement to the sustainable development of Africa. For this purpose, I am studying 3 Fablabs based in Burkina Faso, Cameroon and Senegal. One aspect of my research is to describe how African... Read More →
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Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

Open Science Officer, DARIAH-EU
Linguist, agent, experiencer. Currently I'm working as the Open Science Officer of the European Research Infrastructure DARIAH to facilitate Humanities' inclusion to and sufficient representation in Open Science.

Friday November 2, 2018 10:00am - 11:30am
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada
Saturday, November 3


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Nick Shockey

Director of Programs & Engagement, SPARC

Saturday November 3, 2018 9:30am - 10:00am
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Open Research and Education
While the Open Access, Open Data, and Open Education movements often lean on rhetoric around social justice, equity, and the democratization of knowledge, in many ways, the movements continue to marginalize underrepresented scholars and students. Mainstream efforts to advance Open centre digital solutions and dominant (often Western) ways of knowing.  At the same time, they fail to acknowledge issues salient to marginalized social and geographical contexts, such as the digital divide, non-Western ways of knowing, and the colonization of information. This OpenCon panel session aims to prompt critical discussions around the ways in which the Open movements have replicated some of the same systems of power and oppression in higher education that they were originally meant to address. Audience members should leave with a more critical view of openness, and be encouraged to reflect on the following questions:
  • How do the solutions put forth by the Open movements reinforce Western dominance, colonialism, as well as barriers on the basis of race, class, gender, etc...?
  • How does exclusion and a lack of diversity impact their own Open advocacy work in their communities and/or institutions?
  • How might they begin to address this in their own communities?

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Denisse Albornoz

The Knowledge GAP, University of Toronto Scarboorugh / Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network
Denisse is a Research Associate for the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) and part of the Knowledge G.A.P. project, a research collective investigating the geopolitics of academic knowledge production. She is interested in inclusive and transgressive... Read More →
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Leslie Chan

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough
I am an Associate Profess, Teaching Stream, in the Centre for Critical Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough. My research and teaching interests have been centered on the nature of knowledge production and whether open access and open science could disrupt the current... Read More →

DeEtta Jones

Dreams Really Do Come True

Saturday November 3, 2018 10:10am - 11:55am
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada
Sunday, November 4


Sunday November 4, 2018 9:30am - 10:15am
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada


Open Reactions
Open Reactions is a time for attendees to reflect openly on the conversation so far at the event. Charlotte, our moderator, will open up the floor for feedback and critical reflection from the audience. Organizers will be on hand to address concerns. You can give feedback privately and at any point at: opencon2018.org/feedback.

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Charlotte Roh

Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of San Francisco

Sunday November 4, 2018 10:15am - 10:25am
Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre Ian MacDonald Blvd, Toronto, ON M3J 2S5, Canada