As part of the OCSDNet and Knowledge Gap team, IDS students and alums participate in OpenCon2018.

OpenCon serves as a platform to promote Open Education and Open Data. It aims to catalyze action toward a more open system for sharing the world’s information—from scholarly and scientific research, to educational materials, to digital research data.


Denisse Albornoz, IDS Co-Op alum gave the opening remarks at the conference. She highlighted her personal experiences and welcomed attendees to OPENly be themselves as they embark on their journeys with the Open Con community. Denisse Albornoz, and Professor Leslie Chan, the Associate Director for the Centre for Critical Development Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough were Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion panelists at the OpenCon 2018. The Knowledge G.A.P project tweeted a quote from Professor Chan’s discussion: “If you can't measure it, it doesn't exist". This thinking is symptomatic of the monoculture of the mind, to only see the world in measurable terms. We need to think about what's meaningful for our research and communities, rethink our criteria of success!  @lesliekwchan #OpenCon


3rd Year, UTSC IDS Co-op student, Tasneem Mewa, also took part in the DoaThon during the OpenCon2018. She presented a new initiative called the Open Praxis Forum.

The Open Praxis Forum serves as a space for students and researchers, whose voices are underrepresented and undervalued within academia, to showcase their knowledge and engage in collaborative and open research practices. Unlike conventional journals, the forum exists to challenge narratives around whose knowledge is valued, who can create knowledge, and the process by which knowledge is created. It aims to encourage students to reflect on how their voices can shape development and how they can contribute to creating and sharing meaningful and consensual knowledge forms. With a thematic and topical focus on development and social justice, the Open Praxis Forum invites students to submit a variety of works (photography, videos, oral stories, papers, theses, art, comics, poetry, etc.). The team hopes to have an online forum up and running in the new year!