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PhD Student Selected as U of G’s 2016 OpenCon Representative

Each year, to celebrate Open Access and Open Data, the University of Guelph’s McLaughlin Library selects a representative to attend OpenCon—a yearly conference that aims to inspire and empower young researchers to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data.

This year’s chosen recipient is Valencia Gaspard, a PhD student in the Social Sciences. Gaspard specializes in social and economic geography, has a love of travel, learning and people. Gaspard hopes to make information accessible in rural and remote areas across Canada.

“My ideas for advancing Open Access, Open Education and Open Data stem from what my research in rural and remote Canadian communities has taught me so far; better access means better choices,” said Gaspard.

OpenCon will give Gaspard the opportunity to explore and develop a framework to build on. “I expect my experience at OpenCon will allow me to expand how I conceptualize information sharing—I look forward to bringing new ideas to the challenge of rural information accessibility,” said Gaspard.

Gaspard’s doctoral research interests involve access to information in rural and remote communities in Ontario, and is most interested in how this information is used to make employment related decisions.

International Open Access Week is celebrated the week of October 24-28, 2016. OpenCon 2016 takes place Nov. 12 to 14 in Washington DC.