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

Join the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project alerting service

Would you like to be part of the community compiling the Open Access Tagging Project (OATP) alerting service?

We are looking for volunteer taggers to tag items about OA relevant to their own countries. The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary is one service built upon the OATP and there could be many more such services developed if the OATP were more comprehensive.

So, we need your help, and it won’t take you long – just a few minutes now and then. If you’d like to find out more about what’s involved, Nancy Pontika, the SPARC Europe officer responsible for our Diary, would be pleased to explain and to set you up as a volunteer tagger. Please contact Nancy by email at and she will tell you all about it.

New SPARC Europe service: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary

SPARC Europe is happy to share a new service with the Open Access Community: The SPARC Europe Open Access Diary.

This service brings together European news and developments on Open Access drawn from the international Open Access Tracking Project.
The Diary allows you to browse by country, and also summarises some of the key policy developments and services and projects in the European Union. It also gives you a special view on humanities resources.
We hope this OA Diary will help you derive a better picture of developments around Open Access and keep track of how things are going.

We plan to continue this service through 2015 and further into the future if you find it useful.

Try it out here and let us know what you think:

Re-use and adapt SPARC Europe slides for your OA advocacy

SPARC Europe is sharing its presentations more widely with the Open Access Community via its new SlideShare account.
We would like to invite you to re-use and adapt our slides for your local needs. Spread the OA word. You might need slides to help encourage your research administration to implement or improve a current OA policy, or you need to stimulate your researchers to more actively deposit and publish OA.

If you do, please download and share with others!

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What SPARC Europe has done recently to advance scholarly communications

Read what SPARC Europe has recently been doing to make progress in the areas of lobbying, international collaboration for greater European change, and to inform and update the Open Access community.
Download the short report here.

Pasteur4OA newsletter on line

PASTEUR4OA logoPasteur4OA supports the international development and alignment of Open Access strategies and policies.
Read more about its latest results and about some of Europe’s national policy updates in its newsletter.

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