OpenCon Competition

Thanks to everyone who participated in the OpenCon 2014 Competition. 
Daphne McRae’s video Freedom was chosen by the Open Access Week committee as our winner. Daphne was unable to make it to the conference but our runner up, Janine Hardy, participated in OpenCon 2014 in Washington DC, Nov 15-17. You can read her impressions of the conference on the Open Access Week blog

If you missed out on the opportunity to attend OpenCon in person you can still participate by tuning in to the live stream of the event or the OpenCon webcasts.

Are you a graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan with an interest in Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data?

The University Library is holding a competition to send one UofS graduate student to OpenCon2014 in Washington DC, November 15-17, 2014.

OpenCon will bring together students and early career researchers from across the world to learn about the issues, develop critical skills, and return home ready to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information — from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital data.

 How to Participate

  1. Create a short video (under 2 minutes) that addresses one of the following topics:
    • Why are Open Access academic projects important?
    • How does Open Access benefit academics and researchers?
    • Why make your publications Open Access?
    • What is your Open Access experience or story?
  2. We encourage you to use Open Access resources to create your video and to release your video under a Creative Commons licence
  3. Upload your video to
  4. Email your name, NSID, department at the UofS and a link to your video to by Wednesday October 1, 2014.

Who Can Participate?

This competition is open to currently enrolled graduate students at the University of Saskatchewan. Employees of the University Library are not eligible to participate in this competition.


The University Library will provide travel, accommodations, and conference registration for OpenCon2014 to one currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Saskatchewan. Videos submitted to this competition will be posted on the Open Access Week blog and may be used for future promotion of Open Access initiatives by the University of Saskatchewan. We request that all participants release their video under a Creative Commons license to support Open Access initiatives.

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