SPARC Europe is pleased to announce that it is a partner on two successful project bids to the European Commission. Both projects will start in early 2014. The first project, FOSTER (Foster Open Science Training for European Research) will deliver training programmes for researchers and other stakeholder groups, as well as training trainers to spread the effort more widely.
The second project, PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research) will address policymakers and will try to encourage OA policy alignment across Europe to simplify compliance for researchers and to adhere to the spirit of the European Research Area’s harmonisation agenda.
Please check the websites of the two projects as they begin in 2014 to see the progress being made.
SPARC Europe is publishing two briefing papers, focusing on OA in the humanities and in the social sciences. The one covering humanities was written by Sam Moore of King’s College London, and the one covering social sciences is by Paul Kirby of Sussex University:
We are very glad to announce the new members of the SPARC Europe Board:
By clicking on the link you can ready their CV and nomination letter.
You can find all members of the Board here.
Athens, 1 October 2013
October 17-18, 2013
Athens, National Hellenic Research Foundation (48, Vassileos Konstantinou Av.)
Τhe EU-funded project Mediterranean Open Access Network (www.medoanet.eu) announces its final conference in Athens, on the 17th and 18th October 2013. The project facilitates the development of open access policies in six Mediterranean countries: Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Turkey.
The conference is organized by the National Documentation Centre of Greece (EKT/NHRF), coordinator of the project, as part of a wider conference on open access, the International Open Access Conference @ EKT (16th to 18th of October), the third in a series of international conferences focusing at Open Access to scientific knowledge. The first day of the International Open Access Conference @ EKT (16th October) focuses on recent major developments, policies and key projects around Open Government and Open Access to research and education in Greece.
The full programme for all three days of the conference can be found at: http://openaccess.gr/conferences/conference2013/index.dot?language_id=1
Online Program and Information
The MedOANet European Conference will take place at the National Documentation Centre / National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens, Greece, from 17 to 18 October 2013 during the International Open Access Conference.
SPARC Europe warmly welcomes the Report from the BIS Committee and its recommendations on Open Access (OA) policy in the United Kingdom. We are especially pleased by the way the Committee has taken evidence into account and weighed it in the interests of the research community. The Finch Report was deficient both in this respect and in other information on which it based its decisions and recommendations, but this is now rectified in the BIS Committee report.
With that reassurance, we expect the research community now broadly to support the recommendations contained in this new report.
In particular, SPARC Europe applauds the following: