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Parham Elmi

Open in order to create student opportunities and to learn about publishing and share research results worldwide.

Parham Elmi is an SFU alumnus and past Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) Board Member. 

In an open world, education will not only be limited to those who are able to afford it, but to anyone who wishes to learn, upon their own volition. Learn more at BCcampus OpenEd.

Erin Hogg

Erin Hogg: Open in order to democratize knowledge!

Erin Hogg is a PhD Candidate in Archaeology, and an associate editor of INLET: Contributions to Archaeology

We are often told the myth of the ivory tower—academics shut in their universities, unwilling to communicate or understand the issues of the general public. Open Access turns this myth upside down, by democratizing knowledge and knowledge creation.

Knowledge is no longer a commodity; it is a human right. Reduce the barriers to research accessibility, be open!

Bruno Grande

Bruno Grande: Open in order to democratize knowledge!

Bruno Grande is a PhD Candidate in Computational Biology, and a Co-Organizer of SciProg.ca. 

Somewhere along the way, researchers got caught up in a publishing model that restricts knowledge to those privileged enough to afford it. But that's changing with the open-access revolution and the democratization of knowledge!

Find out how you can benefit from publishing in open-access journals here: http://whyopenresearch.org 

John Welch

John Welch: Open in order to create student opportunities to learn about publishing and share research results worldwide.

Dr. John Welch, Professor and Director of the Professional M.A. in Heritage Resource Management, Simon Fraser University

SFU Archaeology maintains research and outreach partnerships in many countries and communities where academic publishing paywalls are real impediments to knowledge sharing.

We are building on the success of opening up the entire SFU Archaeology Press catalogue by launching INLET: Contributions to Archaeology, a student-managed, peer-reviewed journal dedicating to sharing great contributions in heritage studies, archaeology, and bioanthropology. 

Jolene Esposito

Open science in order to improve transparency in research

Jolene Esposito, Project Manager at the Center for Open Science

Open science improves the transparency, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. The Center for Open Science is a non-profit organization working to improve research culture through open technology, incentives, training, and community building.