Grants:Project/Rapid/ECS OpenCon

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The Electrochemical Society/OpenCon
ECS's OpenCon will bring together experts on open, particularly in the areas of open access, open data, and open source to socialize and educate our community of electrochemists and solid state engineers the importance of open. OpenCon will be proceeded by a two day data science workshop and hackathon and will serve as the kick off event.
targetWith our OpenCon we hope that we can socialize the use of Wikimedia, Meta, and Wikipedia as sources for data storage and academic reference, based on the premises of open. At our hackathon, we hope to have students use data science to retrieve strings of scientific data and add them to Wikimedia and Wikipedia pages in the fields of electrochemcial and solid state sciences to increase reproducibility and transparency of our sciences.
start dateOctober 1st
end dateOctober 6th
budget (local currency)$2,000 USD
budget (USD)$2,000 USD
grant typeOrganization
non-profit status501c3 status and am able to provide CAGE and DUNS codes.
organization (if applicable)• The Electrochemical Society
website (if applicable)• and are our main websites. The OpenCon schedule can be found here: While the data science workshop info can be found on our website under our 232nd meeting.

Please see the sample Meeting application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Socialize open sources of information, such as Wikipedia and open access mediums, as reliable sources of publication and research to our scientists.

Project Plan[edit]


  1. What is the purpose of the meeting and why is it important to your community?
    The purpose of the meeting is to socialize the concept of open access, open data, and open source in our community by having them hear from speakers in government, foundations, and companies that use open to demonstrate it's ability to generate rapid innovation. We have seen a lot of undertaking from our early career researchers but not much from our older researchers, we are trying to publish our journals open access and launch an open access data science journal but without their support, it will be difficult.
  2. If applicable, what benefits have you seen from doing this kind of meeting in the past?
    We have never hosted an OpenCon satellite event before but from seeing the OpenCon main meeting and speaking with Right to Research Coalitioners and SPARC, it seems that the benefits are wide spread by engaging audiences, bringing together experts to solve problems, and having people act on open is a benefit.
  3. How will you let participants know about the meeting?
    We are opening the event to the public, although it is being held at our 232nd meeting so our 2,000+ conference attendees will be invited and will be able to register when paying for meeting registration. We are running a targeted marketing campaign to include open data scientists, library scientists, coders, and our disciplines through their academic institutions and advertising it as a satellite event on OpenCon's website here:
  4. How will you keep participants engaged after the meeting is over?
    We have an e news blast that conference participants will sign up for which delivers news about open access, open data, open education, and open source every month as well as lets them know about future events. The open data science initiative workshop will keep in touch through our symposium organizer at UWashington and will be contacted regarding the launch of the open access data science journal as editors or as content submission.
  5. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
    We would love to have Wikimedia Foundation's support on this! We also would love to have them represent at the conference, as it is free to attend, and they could join the ranks of our speakers which include the Center for Open Science (confirmed), Dryad (confirmed), SPARC (confirmed), The Gates Foundation (confirmed), National Science Foundation (invited), and Tesla (invited). We need great open source speakers!


Note: In addition to your project-specific measures of success, you will also be asked to report on some Global Metrics at the end of your final report. Please keep this in mind as you plan, and we'll support you as you begin your project. Some measures of success are: 1) # of attendees, 2) # of internal vs external attendees, 3) global participation rates, and 4) attendees who subscribe to the newsletter post conference.

  1. Number of total participants: 500-1,000 (goal)
  2. Number of people who will help organize the event: 4


  • $1,000 for equipment to livestream the conference talks.
  • $1,000 for program print materials like program overview and helpful open resources. (We would appreciate any in-kind print materials that Wikimedia could provide on open source or editing processes for your site).


  • SPARC and Right2Research Coalition Endorsed