Why Now?

The time is ripe to look at Open Work across communities to compare, contrast, and cross-pollinate best practices.

  • The National Science Foundation is soliciting proposals for funding to support “Open Source Ecosystems” to improve sustainability, impact, and translation of “open source research products.”
  • The National Institutes of Health has released a new policy to improve and refine the sharing of, and collaboration around, research data.
  • The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has issued a tool kit to improve and encourage university support of Open Scholarship.
  • Across the European Union, the creation of national policies on Open Science and Open Source Program Offices (OSPOs) for Government is accelerating.
  • OSPOs have been created by a few universities to utilize techniques pioneered in private industry to better facilitate academic Open Work.

Join Us

Open@RIT invites professionals from the Academic, Research, and Open Source communities for a two and a half day gathering to explore topics such as:

  • Measures of value, impact, and translation of Open Work
  • Policies around support and promotion for success in that work
  • Building, sustaining, and promoting Open Communities and Ecosystems
  • Managing information overload and ferment in the field
  • Existing practices and resources provided by academia to support Open Scholarship and industry