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

Pasteur4OA: Learning about Open Access Policies Worldwide

The Pasteur4OA project has just published an international Open Access policy report to help determine what kinds of policies are effective for Open Access Green deposit. This has been written by our own Alma Swan.
PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) is an EU project that aims to stimulate policy development to ensure Open Access to all outputs from European publicly-funded research. SPARC Europe is a partner.
For access to the document, go to the Pasteur4OA news page.

New life breathed into ROARMAP by Pasteur4OA

ROARMAPROARMAP, the Open Access policy registry, has recently acquired an update through the Pasteur4OA Project.

The ROARMAP policy registry has been rebuilt and now contains information on over 600 policies online with over 100 new policies added.
ROARMAP also now includes far more information, i.e. on deposit and licensing conditions, rights holding, embargo lengths and ‘Gold’ Open Access publishing options.
Consult this revived policy development service if you want to find accurate and detailed information about Open Access policies around the world.

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

OADiarySPARC 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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