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  1. Evidence of rich Open Science and Scholarship activity in Europe
  2. Towards large-scale transition to Open Access
  3. New SPARC Europe Director named
  4. Sustaining OA services for the future
  5. Newly proposed EC Copyright Directive takes steps to facilitating an Open Science Europe
  1. Bringing Europe's Open Data Champions together
  2. Change in management at SPARC Europe
  3. Who is doing what in Open Science in Europe?
  4. SPARC Europe wins LIBER Innovation Award
  5. Calling next generation Open Advocates: OpenCon 2016 in Washington DC
  6. European ministers united on making immediate access to scientific publications the default by 2020: See the highlights
  7. Job announcement: SPARC Europe Director
  8. Europe’s Open Access Champions launches
  9. SPARC Europe publishes new high-level strategic plan for 2020
  10. New Business Plan Toolkit for OA Journals
  11. OA services indispensable to the successful implementation of OA policies
  12. Report on University-Based Publishing, Spring 2015
  13. New SPARC Europe Briefing Paper: Better ways to evaluate research and researchers
  14. Breaking news: A TDM exemption for non-commercial and commercial use in Europe
  15. Electronic Publication: Intended and Unintended Consequences
  16. Over 20 new Open Access advocacy resources from Pasteur4OA
  17. Showcasing Europe's Open Access champions
  18. For a European copyright that supports text and data mining for research and innovation
  19. Get to know SPARC Europe's recent services
  20. Times they are a changing for SPARC Europe
  21. Join SPARC Europe at OAI9: Sessions on policy, monitoring, and an OA Q & A
  22. Easier access to Big Data through The Hague Declaration
  23. New life breathed into ROARMAP by Pasteur4OA
  24. Pasteur4OA: Learning about Open Access Policies Worldwide
  25. Join the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project alerting service
  26. New SPARC Europe service: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary
  27. Re-use and adapt SPARC Europe slides for your OA advocacy
  28. What SPARC Europe has done recently to advance scholarly communications
  29. Pasteur4OA newsletter on line
  30. How Open is Your Research?
  31. New Open Access Citation Advantage Service online
  32. Welcoming 2 new Board Members to SPARC Europe
  33. 3 OA-policies recently updated to emphasize or facilitate Gold Open Access
  34. Counting the Costs of Open Access in the UK
  35. SPARC Europe to host Open Humanities Roadshow in the UK
  36. Publishers’ Content-Mining Policies and What Libraries Can Do
  37. What is the best licensing framework for scholarly material?
  38. SPARC Europe publishes new flyer
  39. 7 institutional benefits to implementing an Open Access policy
  40. Join the SPARC Europe Board
  41. SPARC Europe welcomes the new UK Open Access policy
  42. 15 principles of transparency for scholarly publishing
  43. Announcing the launch of the Pilot on Open Research Data in Horizon 2020
  44. SPARC Europe in two new EU projects - FOSTER and PASTEUR4OA
  45. Briefing Papers: OA in the humanities and in the social sciences
  46. We welcome three new members to the SPARC Europe Board
  47. The UK House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee Report on Open Access
  48. What are you doing for Open Access week this year (2013)?
  49. Webcast Invitation
  50. SPARC Europe Board Election 2013 - Call for Nominations
  51. SPARC Europe Open Session at the Pre-LIBER conference
  52. SPARC Europe's Second Response to the Members of the BIS Select Committee
  53. Registry of Research Data Repositories launched -
  54. Advocacy: How to hasten open access
  55. Interviews about Key Open Access Policy Initiatives
  56. Analysis of funder Open Access policies around the world
  57. SPARC Europe responds to the UK House of Lords Select Committee for Science & Technology inquiry into the UK Government's policy on Open Access and its implementation by RCUK
  58. SPARC Europe response to the UK Government Department of Business, Innovation & Skills Committee inquiry into the UK Government's Open Access policy
  59. Polish Ministry of Administration & Digitization - great debate on open public resources!
  60. Open Access news from France including the Minister of Higher Education and Research
  61. 29th Seminar of Higher Education Library Cooperative
  62. Croatian Open Access Declaration, the “Hamster” portal, and open access theology journals
  63. UK Business, Innovation and Skills Committee announces inquiry into Open Access
  64. 6th UNICA Scholarly Communication Seminar: Libraries As Drivers for Change, Brussels, 26-27 November 2012
  65. ANNOUNCEMENT - Appointment of Lars Bjørnshauge as Managing Director of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  66. PRESS RELEASE - New agreement concluded regarding management of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  67. Open Access Week @ AIMS
  68. Lars Bjørnshauge challenged attendees to push for real change at the Berlin 10 Open Access Conference
  69. UK House of Lords enquiry on Open Access
  70. Open Education Week
  71. Interview with Alma Swan in Research Europe
  72. Sign the petition - protect EU research funding from cuts
  73. What it takes for the stakeholders involved to facilitate the full potential of open access to unfold!
  74. PPT by Lars Bjørnshauge: Is participation really the problem? If so, participation in what?
  75. R2RC Partners with PhD Comics for Open Access Week Video
  76. Ireland has announced a National Open Access Policy
  77. Developing quality test for new open access journals
  78. Open Access to Publications and Research Integrity: Keys to Research Excellence in Europe and Globally - Press Release
  79. The European Science Foundation’s EMRC calls for the adoption of open access in biomedical sciences
  80. Visibility: building online scholarly presence
  81. Alma Swan - Open Access and you – a relationship with promise
  82. Open Access to Excellence in Research
  83. R2RC European Open Access Week Webcast
  84. CERN Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communications
  85. Lars Bjørnshauge in the UKSG eNews
  86. Meeting with the Commissioner for Research & Innovation
  87. Scientists, Foundations, Libraries, Universities, and Advocates Unite and Issue New Recommendations to Make Research Freely Available to All Online
  88. Speakers announced for IFLA session on Open Access
  89. Now online: the Powerpoint of last week's Webcast on Article level metrics
  90. SPARC Europe response to EC Communication and Recommendation
  91. UK's Research Councils publish new stronger policy on Open Access
  92. SPARC Europe's response to the Finch Report
  93. Election to SPARC Europe Board
  94. SPARC Innovator: The World Bank
  95. Now online: Presentations from SPARC Europe Session at the LIBER conference
  96. SPARC Europe Members Meeting in Tartu
  97. SPARC Europe's response to the inaccuracies in the article by the Daily Mail's City Editor on 18 June
  98. COAR has formed a Task Force for “Open Access Agreements and Licenses”
  99. The Budapest Open Access Initiative at 10 - Recommendations for the next ten years
  100. Webcast Invitation: Article level metrics with Jennifer Lin
  101. New website for SPARC Europe
  103. Press Release 17 May 2012 - Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining
  104. Pushing the Frontier on Text Mining: A conversation with Heather Piwowar
  105. Lars Bjørnshauge Appointed Interim Director SPARC Europe
  106. Policy Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Open Access
  107. The new OpenAIRE Quarterly Publication is out
  108. Bioline International, an open access e-publishing platform, is seeking new members and supporters
  109. The New European Team is in Place
  110. Experts Meeting on the UNESCO Open Access Strategy
  111. Sharing knowledge: EC-funded projects on scientific information in the digital age
  112. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting in Barcelona
  113. Sixth SPARC Europe Award goes to
  114. The LERU Roadmap Towards Open Access
  115. A new series of Webcasts for SPARC Europe members 2011
  116. First Annual European Student Summit on Open Access
  117. SPARC Europe response to EC Green Paper on a common strategic framework for EU
  118. SPARC Europe at Public Hearing on Access to and Preservation of Scientific Data
  119. Get prepared for Open Access Week 2011
  120. Interview Series
  121. UKB Statement: Concern about Elsevier’s Open Access Policy
  122. Statement approved by the Steering committee for on 23 May 2011
  123. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2011
  124. Call for Nominations
  125. UNESCO Netherlands Expert Meeting on Open Access
  126. OAI7 - Innovations in Scholarly Communication
  127. UNESCO-NL Expert Meeting on Open Access
  128. Submitted to Slovenian Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  129. PKP Europe Network
  130. OAI7 Registration is open
  131. The First OAPEN Conference
  132. Research-Education-Public Data in Athens
  133. SOAP Symposium, Berlin
  134. Research-Education-Public Data
  135. INVITATION: SOAP Symposium
  136. Knowledge Exchange Briefing paper
  137. 7 reasons why you should register now
  138. SPARC Europe joins the DARTEurope Board
  139. LIBER is seeking for a Project Officer
  140. Promotional video for OAI7 by Dr Paul Ayris
  141. First results of the SOAP Project presented at COASP
  142. Major Chinese libraries united against unreasonable price increases by some international publishers
  143. OAI7 Call for Ideas
  144. SPARC Europe goes to Greece
  145. SPARC Europe goes to Denmark
  146. SPARC Europe goes to Slovenia
  147. SPARC Europe goes to Switzerland
  148. SPARC Europe now tweets!
  149. Policies for the development of OA in Southern Europe
  150. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010 Call for Proposals
  151. A Summary of SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  152. Fifth SPARC Europe Award to Honour Leaders in Field of Scholarly Communications goes to CERN
  153. SPARC Europe Annual Meeting 2010
  154. SPARC Digital Repositories Meeting 2010
  155. COASP: 2nd Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing
  156. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fifth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  157. SPARC Europe announces new Director
  158. License to Publish: promoting Open Access and authors' rights in the Nordic social sciences and humanities
  159. COASP: 1st Conference for Open Access Scholarly Publishers
  160. Wetenschappelijke publicaties openbaar
  161. Welcome to IIU Press and Research Centre and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, our new members
  162. A Compact for Open-Access Publishing Equity
  163. Public Library of Science Continues to Innovate
  164. Fourth SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to the Directory of Open Access Journals
  165. Significant New Deposit Mandates Announced
  166. OA would save the Netherlands 133 million Euros per year
  167. Centre for Research Communications (CRC) Launched
  168. SPARC Europe announces Call-for-Nominations for the Fourth Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications
  169. Welsh Repository Network (WRN) launch
  170. SURF announces 2009 to be Open Access Year
  171. OAI6 Registration is now Open
  172. Economic Study of OA Shows Benefits Outweigh Costs
  173. EPSRC to Adopt Open Access Mandate
  174. New Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) Launched
  175. Springer Purchase BioMedCentral
  176. European Commission launches open access pilot
  177. SPARC Europe and DRIVER agree to closer collaboration
  178. Third SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications awarded to Leo Waaijers
  179. Second SPARC Europe Award for Outstanding Achievements in Scholarly Communications goes to SHERPA
  180. European Commission Issues 'Communication' on Open Access
  181. European Research Community Call on European Union to Adopt Open Access
  182. Fifth UK Research Council Issues Open Access Mandate
  183. European Commission Publishes Synthesis of Responses to Scientific Publications Study
  184. Fourth UK Research Council Adopts Open Access Mandate
  185. UK Funding Bodies Mandate Open Access
  186. European Commission Publishes Study Into Scientific Publications
  187. Leading European Library Organization Firmly Supports Research Councils UK New Open Access Policy
  188. UK Research Councils Publish Draft Open Access Policy
  189. Launch of the Directory of Open Access Repositories Announced
  190. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Issue Access Policy
  191. UK Science and Technology Committee Publish Report
  192. Berlin Declaration Lauched
  193. Merger Announced Between Springer and Kluwer
  194. SPARC Europe Hires Director and Formally Launches Organisation Based at Oxford University
  195. SPARC and SPARC Europe Support Budapest Open Access Initiative

Evidence of rich Open Science and Scholarship activity in Europe

SPARC Europe conducted a preliminary study in late 2016 that gained insight into who is doing what in Europe in the areas of Open Science or Scholarship (OS).

A good number of significant institutions incl. the European Commission, Science Europe, the EUA, LIBER, the ERC, shared information on their partnerships, who they are targeting, with what kinds of activities and outputs, and with what personnel resources.

This preliminary work sketches the OS landscape in Europe. It identifies areas where Open Science / Scholarship organisations and several key projects are building strong capacities in a range of similar areas.

More work is needed to divulge where further collaboration makes sense and where efficiencies can be gained where there is a clear duplication of effort in specific activities, and where goals and audiences coincide.

For the results, download the report here.

Towards large-scale transition to Open Access

Ralf_Schimmer_privatSPARC Europe recently commissioned an opinion piece by Max Planck’s Ralf Schimmer on: Making moves towards the large-scale transition to Open Access.

He claims, among other things, that there are sufficient resources in the current publishing system to make the shift to OA financially viable. It makes for compelling reading.

We also invited several experts from the international scholarly communications community to comment on his paper to stimulate discussion. See more here.

Beate Eellend joins SPARC Europe Board of Directors

Beate Eellend joins SPARC Europe Board of was established at the National Library of Sweden in 2006. Since then the programme has been promoting and supporting open access mainly, but not exclusively, in cooperation with Swedish HEI’s and funding agencies. The programme is also acting as Swedish node in the EU-funded project OpenAIRE, which is but one example of our broad international network and collaboration.

In the strongly evolving transition towards open science, open access to publications and research data are fundamental parts in good company with citizen science, open educational resources, open source as well as responsible research metrics and evaluation. A global and fair transition towards open science needs to take place in strong collaboration between various stakeholders on national and international levels. Thus, open science frames international development towards a sustainable and democratic interaction between science and society.

In 2017 Sweden is expected to adopt national guidelines for open access to scientific information, including publications and research data. The Swedish Government has given the National Library of Sweden a national coordination task for open access to scientific publications. This task includes initiating and co-ordinating a number of further studies on how the Swedish transition to open access can be further strengthened and facilitated. As the future co-ordinator at the National Library for open access in Sweden I am honoured to be a member of the SPARC Europe Board and look forward to sharing and learning from experiences within the SPARC international network.

New SPARC Europe Director named

Social Media Portraits“As Chairman of the SPARC Europe Board of Directors, I am happy to announce that Vanessa Proudman is our new permanent director from 1 November 2016.

Vanessa has done good work for us for some years now in her capacity as Programme Manager. She has also been serving as SPARC Europe’s Interim Director for some months to the full satisfaction of the board who unanimously decided to offer her this position.

We are confident that with Vanessa heading our team, we will be well equipped to both continue the good work done by our former directors, Alma Swan and Lars Bjørnshauge, and to widen our scope into new areas of Open.”

Jan Erik Frantsvag

Sustaining OA services for the future

RootsLast week, SPARC Europe convened a meeting with a number of high-level stakeholders from the international funding, research and library communities to discuss how to sustain some of the world’s important OA services.

All participants agreed that introducing a new mechanism to fund some of the essential services that underpin policy was important. We are now in the process of exploring what this mechanism could look like and coming up with terms of reference. We are also preparing supporting documentation for decision-makers to see when the first phase of funding could begin.

After extensive essential preparatory work led by Knowledge Exchange, e.g. best concluded in the Putting Down Roots report, SPARC Europe now looks forward to facilitating exploring the feasibility of the proposal and how to put this into action with leading decision-makers and Open Science advocators worldwide including LIBER, EIFL, European University Association (EUA), The European Research Council (ERC), Science Europe, the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL), and SPARC (US).
We look forward to updating you with more in months to come!

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